The Seeley Hills Classic is the second-largest annual classic cross-country ski event on the Birkebeiner Trail. The 42K race is sanctioned by the US Ski & Snowboard and is an American Birkebeiner qualifying race. The marathon race also connects some of the biggest cross-country ski events across the region, as the Seeley Hills Classic is the first of six races in the CXC Marathon Cup series.
The race serves as the 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 has developed a new 15K Sawyer County Ski Trail in the Seeley area, which it maintains and grooms. The club has also purchased grooming and mowing equipment for use on those trails.
The 2020 Seeley Hills Classic 22 and 42 kolometer races are scheduled for January 18th in an out-and-back format starting at 10 a.m. at Highway 00, Hayward (WI). The event also stages a 5K high school race, which starts at 10:15 a.m. on the south side of Highway 00.
With the modifications to 00 the long race will start at 10:00 AM on the south side of 00 in the Korte Start area. Skiers will head south and then turn north on the skate trail crossing 00 on the new bridge.
The 22k race will start as always on the south side also in the Korte start area but at 10:15 am. Skiers in the short race head south on the classic trail to the turnaround and head back north to the finish.
Event timing and race results will be provided by Superior Timing out of Marquette Michigan.
Event photos by Once In A Blue Moon Studio-Kelly Randolph Photography.
The Penman Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers of both the male and female divisions of the 42K race: $1,000 for first, $250 for second and $125 for third.
Overall winners of the 42K and 22K races will receive an award, as well as the top two in each age class plus the wooden ski class. Awards will be presented and raffle prizes drawn following the race at the Sawmill Saloon.
Winners of the 42K receive cash awards in first, second and third place for men and women’s divisions. Age class winners in both races will receive pottery plates produced by Eckels Pottery of Bayfield.
The first 500 skiers registered will receive a Swix classic ski hat, and each finisher receives a bowl of soup and roll at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley after the race, where awards and raffle prize drawings will be held.
Registration fee is $60 through 11/29, $70 through 1/10 and $80 1/11 to 1/12.
Skiers may register online, by mail or in person at the Sawmill Saloon, either Friday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 12, from 7 to 9 a.m. BIB pick up will be at this time.
A spaghetti feed will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. the night before the race at the Sawmill Saloon, where raffle tickets for skis and merchandise will be available for purchase.
Race the Seeley Hills Classic on Saturday, then ski the Birkie Tour on Sunday! Skiers may enter both events at a reduced rate.
4-9 PM / Sawmill Saloon Spaghetti Feed
5-9 PM / Registration and Raffle Sales at the Sawmill Saloon
7-9 AM / Registration at Sawmill Saloon
10 AM / 42K Race Start (south side of 00 in the Korte Start area)
10:15 AM / 22K Race Start (south side of 00 in the Korte Start area)
10:15 AM | High School Race
3 PM | Awards Presentation and Prizes at Sawmill Saloon
Phone: +1(715) 798-3571
Seeley Ski Club
P.O. Box 505
Hayward, WI 54843