Loppet Foundation

Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon – 42k

Sunday – 9:00 a.m.

Participants start at Theodore Wirth Park, ski through woods, over parkways and across lakes to a grand finish before cheering crowds in the Loppet Village in Uptown. Skiers of all ages and abilities will be challenged and thrilled by this beautiful urban course. Go for your best time, or simply enjoy this unique ski experience.


The Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon will start next to The Trailhead. To access the stadium area, proceed down the walking path from the parking lot next to the main Theodore Wirth Chalet towards The Trailhead. Look for the clothing bag drop near the start line.

Entry Fee

Status Through September 7 Through November 30 Through January 4 Through January 23 Through January 30 February 3 (in-person only) February 4 (in-person only)
Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon (Sunday) Closed $90 $95 $105 $115 $115 $130 No day-of registration

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

Start Format & Wave Placement

View Wave Placement Confirmation

The Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon is a five wave format, with up to 300 people per wave. There are five minute intervals between wave start times. The race starts with the Best of the Loppet Wave and then each succeeding wave follows, with roughly equal numbers of people in each wave. Skiers are placed into waves based on their times at the previous two years’ Loppet events or on this year’s Pre-Loppet. (See below). But beware the late registrant – if the wave you have qualified for is full, you will be placed in the next available wave.

Wave placement is based upon the past two years of Loppet results and/or the Pre-Loppet only. For details click here.

Columbia Sportswear Skate Wave Start Schedule


Note that because of the modifications in the classic race there was no enduro. In order to avoid giving an advantage to skate specialists the skate race will not have an enduro this year either.

Hoigaard’s Challenge

The Columbia Sportswear Skate is a Hoigaard’s Challenge event. Do either the Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon or the Hoigaard’s Classic Marathon, then complete the City Trails Loppet, the UCare Tri-Loppet, and Surly Trail Loppet in a single year and qualify for awards and recognition. The Loppet Foundation thanks Bearskin Lodge for its sponsorship of Hoigaard’s Challenge – winners of the Hoigaard’s Challenge Competitive category for men and women each win a week trip to Bearskin Lodge, and winners of the General category are entered into a drawing to win a week trip to Bearskin Lodge.

Double-Loppet Award

Ski the Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon and the Mora Vasaloppet in the same year and receive the “Double-Loppet” award. This participation pin goes to all skiers who complete a 25 kilometer or longer event at both the City of Lakes Loppet and the Mora Vasaloppet in the same year.


Proceeds from the City of Lakes Loppet Festival events benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.