Few sports events can claim to have such strong historical footholds as the Birkebeiner events. Uniting a cross-country ski race, a mountain bike race and a run under the cherished, colloquial ‘Birken’ shortening, these main events do not only bear trace of national pride and tradition, but have become marks of resilient sportsmanship at its finest. “The Birkenbeiner sports events are a tribute to a part of national history,” says Ingunn R. Kleven, Information Officer at Birken. Making people aware of this part of Norway’s history combined with glorious sports delights makes for an all round entertaining experience out of the ordinary.