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In 1973, the first year of the Birkie, cross country skiers were  sporting the best athletic gear of the day–knickers, wooden skis, and  bamboo poles.

Now is your chance to re-live that era by participating in  the Birkie “Nikkerbeiner.” This retro 5K ski tour on wooden skis has  been named after the Norwegian word for knickers. This event will take  place on Main Street, Hayward, at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 21, prior to the Torch Lighting and Welcome Ceremony.

Tell us about the “old school” equipment and clothing you  will be using for the event. This will  give our announcer great commentary while you ski and help spectators  judge the best retro outfits at the finish line.


Don’t Have Wooden skis, Knickers or the like?

Stop in we have a Fantastic selection of Wooden Skis, NEW Wool Knickers, NEW 3 Pin boots & More! Look your best!

Also checkout for resources regarding wooden skis!

Get ready for the Nikkerbeiner at the 42nd Annual Marine O’Brien~