February 4, 2017

Location change! Barneløpet will be held in the fields next to Will Baker Park at the corner of 5th Avenue and Pulpit Rock Road in Decorah. The untouched snow in the fields will be groomed for the event and will offer a much better skiing experience for this year. The parking lot will be plowed for cars.

Get outside and enjoy the winter at Barneløpet, a non-competitive ski or walk event for children ages 3-13. The event is free and is held the first Saturday of February at 10:00 a.m., with registration from 9:40 to 10:00 a.m.

Barneløpet is open to children of all skill levels and is a great event for the entire family. Everyone’s a winner! Each registered participant will receive a printed bib for the event and a medal. Sons of Norway lodges all over the country sponsor Barneløpet events, modeled after the Sons of Norway Barnebirke that runs the day before the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race held in Hayward, Wisconsin.

After completing the course, participants are welcome to hot chocolate and cookies. Special thanks to Sons of Norway members for providing the cookies.

Caregivers can walk or ski the course with the children, or may choose to stand along the course and cheer. Sleds are welcome for younger siblings.

Participants must provide their own skis.

In the absence of snow, children will walk the course. If in doubt about weather conditions, listen to local radio stations for cancellations.

For more information about Barneløpet contact Darlene Fossum-Martin at, or (563) 382-9681, ext. 215. Barneløpet is sponsored by Sons of Norway Lodges—Valdres #503 in Decorah, Iowa, Heimbygda #376 in Lanesboro, Minnesota, and Valheim #364 in Spring Grove, Minnesota, and Jon and Mary Hart of Decorah.

Find an album of pictures from the 2016 event here.

Check out these fun Sons of Norway videos of previous Barneløpet events from 2012 and 2014.