Seeley Hills Classic

Saturday, January 30, 2021

The Seeley Hills Classic is the second-largest annual classic cross-country ski event on the American Birkebeiner Trail.

2021 Seeley Hills Classic

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Please read the following information carefully. Changes are being implemented for 2021 to provide a safe racing experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. Racers will experience a more physically distanced start area, less congestion on course, and separate race times for the 22K and 42K races. No spectators, please. No indoor spaces will be available and there will be no post race party. However, there will be epic skiing on the Birkie Trail and the course will start and finish in Seeley at OO!

The Seeley Hills Classic is the second-largest annual classic cross-country ski event on the Birkebeiner Trail. The 42K race is an American Birkebeiner qualifying race.

The race has served as a major fundraiser for the Seeley Ski Club, allowing it to promote skiing in a number of ways. The club was responsible for lighting the Birkie Trail at the Highway 00 area, and developed 15K Sawyer County Ski Trail in the Seeley area, which it maintains and grooms. Todays, with the help of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the Seeley Hills Classic legacy will continue to keep skiing strong in the Seeley area.

View 2021 Results »

Covid-19 Precautions

Below are the changes we are implementing to provide a safe racing experience during the Covid-19 pandemic:
- Separate courses for 22K and 42K events
- Wave starts (40 racers/5minues)
- Marked start locations 6’ apart
- Masks required at bib pick-up, start and finish areas (participants may take off when on course, but must carry with on course)
- Masks required for staff and volunteers at all times
- No awards ceremony
- No post-race party/food
- Limited volunteers at event
- No food available at aid stations
- Self-serve hydration and spread-out cups to reduce lines and touchpoints
- Hand sanitizer at all touch point locations
- No spectators

Race Categories

The 2021 Seeley Hills Classic 42K and 22K races are Saturday, January 30, 2021.
The 22K race will start from 8:30-9:00 am.
The 42K race will start from 11:30-12:00 pm.

Age Classes

- 29 and under
- 30 – 39
- 40 – 49
- 50 – 59
- 60 – 69
- 70 +

- 19 and under
- 20 - 29
- 30 – 39
- 40 – 49
- 50 – 59
- 60 – 69
- 70 +

The Course

- Distanced, wave start
- 40 skiers every 5 minutes
- Starting spots marked 6’ apart for participants
- Can start anytime within 3 minutes before the next wave is let into the corral

22K Course
- View 22K Course Map »
- 11K South on the Birkie Trail. Turn around and ski back.
- Aid station at Gravel Pit (self-serve Nuun and water)
- Cut off time is 11:30am Aid station at Gravel Pit. 22K total.

42K Course
- View Map of the North Half of the 42K Course »
- 10K North on Birkie Skate Trail to Fire Tower. 10K South on Birkie Classic trail. 11K south on Birkie trail across Key Log Crossing. Turn around and ski back to finish.
- Aid station at Fire Tower
- Cut off time is 4pm


All races will start and finish at OO in the Kortelopet Stadium in Seeley, WI.

Parking is available at OO in the north and south lots at the Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center. No indoor space will be available, porta-potties will be located in the parking lots and at the start/finish line.

No post-race party or food will be available in 2021. Please be prepared to be self-sufficient.

No spectators.


The race will be chip timed. Your time will start when you cross the start line.

If you are hoping to be competitive in the race and your goal is to be the 2021 Seeley Hills Classic Champion, we encourage you to choose Wave 1 of your respective race, but know that the overall winner is based on time and not first across the line.

You can start anytime within the first 3 minutes of your assigned 5 minute window.

Race Results and Photos

View 2021 Results »

Event timing and results provided by PrimeTime Timing.

Event photos by Once In A Blue Moon Studio-Kelly Randolph Photography.

Perks and Awards

2021 Seeley Hills Classic Hat 2021 Seeley Hills Classic Mug

Overall winners of the 42K and 22K races will receive an award, as well as the top two in each age class. There will be no award ceremony in 2021. Stay tuned for more information on how to collect awards.

Awards will be available at bib pick-up 35 minutes after each race. Awards may also be picked up at the Birkie Tour on Sunday.

The first 500 skiers registered will receive a Swix classic ski hat.


Races changes may be made through Friday, January 27 at 7 pm. Please email or inquire at bib pick-up.

Registration fee is $70 through 10/1/20, $80 through 11/19/20, $95 through 1/27/21 and $100 through 1/29.

Choose your wave start time during registration. If wave start times were not an option when you registered, watch for an email to make your selection.

Registration is online only, no in-person registration in 2021. No spectators.

Race the Seeley Hills Classic on Saturday, then ski the Birkie Tour on Sunday! Skiers may enter both events at a reduced rate.

Bib Pick-up

Bib pick-up is outside only at the Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center on Hwy OO

22K Bib Pick-up: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
42K Bib Pick-up: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The first 500 skiers registered will receive a Seeley Hills Classic hat.


7:30 AM - 9:00 AM / 22K Bib Pick-up
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM / 22K Race Start

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM / 42K Bib Pick-up
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM / 42K Race Start

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have an interest to volunteer for the Seeley Hills Classic? We need help with Aid Stations, Awards, Bibs, Parking, Start and Finish area. Click here to review available shifts.

Event Partners and Supporters

Get in touch

Phone: +1 (715) 634-5025