FAQ

Our events are athlete-focused. The experience of you and your family are our first priority and the number one factor in every decision we make.

We’re going to be filling in all of these blanks and adding more and more ???’s as we near the event.

Got a question you’d like to see addressed here? Chances are pretty good that someone else is wondering the same thing. And as in life, we all get there together…so send us a note!

WHAT IS VONDT LITE SKIRENN?!

This is the number one question about the Breckebeiner (OK…it’s really #2. “Where can I rent a fatbike?” is actually number 1.) But in the name of good marketing and a well-established disregard for convention, we’re gonna answer this one first.

Vondt Lite Skirenn means (loosely, and in very basic Norwegian), “painful little ski race.”

It’s perfect. It’s also a badge of honor. So wear it and live it with pride. This weekend is going to push you. Along the way, it will also delight you. So enjoy the ride…and grab yerself a hoodie so you can fly the flag.

GETTING HERE /// STAYING HERE /// ENJOYING BRECKENRIDGE

LODGING

AIRPORT(S)

VENUE

AMAZING lodging deals are available via GoBreck.com – just click the link, add your details and find the property or accommodation that best fits your needs and your budget.

While Gold Run Nordic Center is centrally located, you’re not going to want to miss the beauty of downtown Breck…or the Banff Mountain Film Festival hosted by the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center at Breck’s Riverwalk Center.

You’ve got at least two choices here. Denver International Airport (DIA) is about 75 minutes away and offers multiple shuttle options.

The Vail airport (EGE) is located between Gypsum and Eagle and is also about 75 minutes away. It features the same shuttle and rental car options as DIA, but a smaller airport experience. 

Other options include Grand Junction (GJT – about 3 hours away) and Aspen (ASE – a bit less than 3 hours).

The Gold Run Nordic Center is the winter iteration of the Breckenridge Golf Club. Owned and managed by the Town of Breckenridge, the Nordic Center is an undiscovered gem. Located just 4 miles north of Breck, it’s a modern, clean and stylish venue, with incredible grooming, free wifi, a full restaurant, and a huge fireplace.

The views are incredible. The terrain is rolling and groomed to perfection. It’s a perfect sidecountry venue with all the amenities.

MAP / DIRECTIONS

DINING

COOKIES?!

ALPINE SKIING

Breck has EVERYTHING. We can tell you what we love tho and you can explore from there.

  • SUSHI – Mtn Flying Fish
  • ITALIAN – Giampietro’s
  • MEXICAN – Mi Casa or Sancho
  • PIZZA – Fatty’s, Eric’s, Northside
  • WINGS/BURGERS – Downstairs at Eric’s
  • BREAKFAST BURRITOS – Cool River Cafe
  • COFFEE – Clint’s
  • BEER – Breck Brewery
  • SPIRITS- Breck Distillery

Breck is home to the best cookies in the world. Possibly the universe and maybe even the multiverse.

Find your way to Mountaintop Cookie Shop. So gooey. So gluten-ey. So ridiculously delicious.

Do NOT order the sandwich cookie. You’ll be tempted. Trust us – it’s too much.

Oh heck YES. You and your family should bring your big sticks or boards or rent on site (we recommend Mountain Wave and Blue River Sports for rentals). Summit County is home to Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin.

It’s also home to the world’s best and most interconnected high-alpine trail network. Come back in the summer and check out The Breck Epic MTB Stage Race for the full tour!

THE RACES

WHAT ARE THE RACES?

There are three main races during the Breckbeiner weekend.

  1. Duathlon National Championships (sprint and intermediate distances)
  2. The Breckebeiner Nordic Marathon (15k/30k, skate and classic options)
  3. Triathlon National Championships (sprint and intermediate distances.)

SANCTIONING

The Breckebeiner Winter Duathlon, Winter Triathlon and Nordic Marathon are all sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

One-day licenses are available during the online registration process and will also be made available on-site.

MERCHANDISE

Every competitor receives a $25 credit in the Breckebeiner Mercantile. Our goal here is to produce a number of items and allow you to choose the one or ones that you’d like. We have two huge heat presses and will be making custom merchandise on site. Pick the item and decal you’d like, and we’ll create it for you on the spot. 

We’ll have hoodies, zip-hoodies, tees, long-sleeve tees, hats and an assortment of technical apparel commemorating the national championship event as well as the Breckbeiner Endurance XC event.

RACE DISTANCES?

SPECTATING

AID STATIONS?

DUATHLON (run/ski)
Sprint – 3k run/6k ski
Intermediate – 6k/12k (3k run x2/6k ski x2)

BRECKEBEINER NORDIC MARATHON
15k/30k with skate and classic divisions
2×2 Relay (Men/Women/Coed)

TRIATHLON
Sprint – 5k/8k/8k
Intermediate – 8k/12k/12k
2×2 Relay

Please visit our EVENT PAGE for more info.

You’ll find tons of great spectating in and around the transition and start/finish areas. There’s also a warm and inviting lodge right in the heart of the venue.

We respectfully ask all spectators to respect the integrity of the course and the experience of all competitors.

Yes – you’ll find aid and recovery stations on course in the transition area for duathlon and triathlon.

The Breckebeiner Nordic Marathon will utilize multiple loops, each of which will bring participants back to the transition area.

Competitors can expect food items such as cookies and fig bars (they aren’t as affected by weather) as well as water and electrolyte drink. Biodegradable cups will be used for aid station beverage service.

VIP CREDENTIALS FOR ALL

WHAT COMES WITH MY ENTRY?

RACING AGE

Every attendee receives a personalized VIP credential that entitles its bearer to food and shopping discounts all around town.

Every registration comes with a $10 meal coupon that can be redeemed on site or at a number of partners throughout town. Registrants also receive a $25 merchandise credit with each race entry.

Your racing age is the age you’ll be on December 31, 2024.

WORLDS QUALIFIERS

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CATEGORIES

RELAY FORMAT

The same applies to Worlds Team Qualification – winners in all categories (Elite category conformation pending) become eligible to participate in Worlds.

Every category and distance in Duathlon and Triathlon are a national championship event. Winners in ALL categories/distances will be designated as 2024 National Champion.

Stay tuned – 

CAN I PARTICIPATE IN BOTH DISTANCES?

DO I NEED TO QUALIFY TO PARTICIPATE?

Yes – the duathlon and triathlon offer sprint and intermediate distances. These events will be run individually, with a significant break in between to allow for course setting and grooming as needed. The window between will be large enough to accommodate recovery and dual participation.

For more info, please visit our SCHEDULE page.

In the words of a wise, wise snowboarder from Team Breck years and years ago who after presenting a great concept at a team meeting was then asked if he would like to run organizational point:

“Negatron.”

I was so tickled at his deadpan response (so was the room) that I’ve been beating that word to death for 20+ years. 

Do you need to qualify? No. EVERYONE is welcome to participate in all Breckebeiner events.

EQUIPMENT

BIKE RENTAL

SKATE OR CLASSIC SKIS?

EQUIPMENT STORAGE

So. Much. Fatbike. Info (finally!)

You can bring your own, or connect with any of the vendors below. Know what else? Borealis is creating sales incentive/discount for any Breckebeiner competitor who falls in love with their mount over the weekend. They’ll also be on-site for all three days – come check ’em out!

BOREALIS RENTAL/DEMO

RIDDEN GEAR or call Brad at 970-453-2055

GOLD RUN NORDIC CENTER or dial 970-547-7889 to reserve!

Duathlon and Triathlon starts will be designed to accommodate both simultaneously. Both races will also incorporate wave starts in order to reduce crowding at the start area.

The Breckbeiner Nordic Marathon has separate categories for skate and classic.

Limited equipment storage will be offered on site. 

DO I NEED SNOWSHOES?

SKI RENTAL?

Are fatbikes required?

We hope not. The run courses are on well-compacted snow and making them navigable with winter running shoes will be a priority for the grooming team.

In the event of snowfall, every effort will be made to clear the courses to the best of our ability.

Snowshoes will be allowed, but are not required, and if all goes well, will NOT be the preferred equipment on race weekend.

A few great options locally via Summit County’s wonderful Nordic centers!

GOLD RUN NORDIC CENTER – 970-547-7889

BRECK NORDIC CENTER – 970-453-6855

FRISCO NORDIC CENTER – 970-668-2570

KEYSTONE NORDIC CENTER – 970-496-4275

RAVEN AT THREE PEAKS (SILVERTHORNE NORDIC CENTER) – 970-262-3636

The Triathlon course will be packed and groomed powder that is a snowcat width (minimum) for the entire course. Fatbikes are not required, but conventional-tire bikes (even with plus-sized rubber) will be at a significant disadvantage on this surface.

Bike choice is really an extension of weather. If it’s VERY cold (-10), a conventional or plus-sized tire bike will be great. Anything above that on the thermometer will make a fatbike a superior choice.