Loppet Foundation

Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet

Featuring the One Dog Skijoring Championship and IFSS World Cup Race

Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Bde Maka Ska

Ski with your best friend…your dog! Skijoring teams will use the Loppet trail on Bde Maka Ska before finishing at the Loppet Village in the Calhoun Commons area of Uptown. 10 kilometer (about 6.2 miles), 5 kilometer, and 3 kilometer distances makes the Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet a fan-favorite. Come watch if you’re curious or come to join the fun with your dog.


ifss-logo3K: The 3K race takes an abbreviated route on Bde Maka Ska and then heads to the Loppet Finish. Chuck & Don’s gift card prizes to the top three teams in this event. Only one dog can be used in this event.

5K: The 5 kilometer race takes one lap around Bde Maka Ska and then heads directly up to the finish. Chuck & Don’s gift card prizes to the top three teams in this event. One or two dogs are permitted in this event.

10K: While open to all experienced skijoring teams, the 10K race is part of the National Skijoring Championship and is an accredited IFSS World Cup Race. This race will feature some of the best skijoring teams in North America. One-dog race teams make two loops around Bde Maka Ska before heading into the grand finish at the Loppet Finish. Cash prizes for the top three teams in the 10K race. One dog limit in this event.

The best one-dog teams in the 10K will be crowned the one-dog national champions and one-dog Champions (awards for the Championship categories will be on Sunday).

Read the official rules below to view more information about the race classes.

Entry Fee Schedule

Status Through September 7 Through November 30 Through January 4 Through January 23 January 26 (in-person only) January 27 (in-person only)
Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet and One Dog Skijoring Championship Closed $18 $20 $22 $25 $35 No day-of registration

There is no race day registration. Online registration ends on the Tuesday evening before the event.

Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Competing under another person’s name will result in disqualification.

A Note About the Data We Collect

Race Format

Skijoring teams will line up side-by-side and will start in waves with the front line reserved for those teams competing for the National Skijoring Championship and World Cup Race. 10K teams will start at 2:00 p.m. Medium and short course teams will start after. All teams will finish at the Loppet Village in the Calhoun Commons area of Uptown.

Race Rules

Participants are responsible for reading, understanding and complying with published race rules prior to the event. Any changes or adjustments to these rules will be communicated prior to the race. Safety is of utmost concern for all and rules will be altered to ensure safety. No pulks, sleds or other carriers are permitted. Sit Skiers are permitted.

Download Saturday’s Race Rules PDF

Teams will be seeded based on prior Skijoring Loppet results. Request for seeding by Skijorers with no prior race history must be sent to kevinmmurphy@comcast.net by Jan 20, 2017 to be considered for this event. Request must include links to publically available skijoring race result.

All dog handlers must stand on the left side of the team they are assisting and must remain in place until all teams have passed. Do not attempt to move out of the way.

For more information about skijoring visit http://www.skijorusa.org


Check-in starts at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. in the registration tent near the Lake Calhoun Center.

  • 1:30 p.m. – Call to Start
  • 2:00 p.m. – Skijoring 10K starts
  • 2:10 p.m. – Skijoring 5K starts
  • 2:12 p.m. – Skijoring 3K starts
  • 3:00 p.m. Skijoring Loppet Awards at Finish line.

Parking & Transportation

Skijoring Teams and fans with dogs have three options. First, well behaved dogs will be allowed on the shuttle buses. Teams and fans with well behaved dogs can take the shuttle from either Uptown or Mortenson. Teams or fans who do not have well behaved dogs (you know who you are!) will need to find parking around the lake or in nearby neighborhoods; or have a friend or family member drop them off and then park in Uptown and take the Uptown shuttle back to the Festival Area. More Information on Parking and Transportation.

Dog-Friendly Lodging

Homewood Suites

Homewood Suites is proud to be an exclusive hotel partner with The Loppet Foundation. The Homewood Suites offer the convenience of the city’s top destination attractions, dining establishments and entertainment just steps away. Prefer to stay in and relax after the big race? Enjoy a DVD from our extensive collection with complimentary popcorn in the suite or dinner cooked in your full kitchen/stove top.

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