Loppet Foundation

Speedskating Loppet

2018 US Speedskating Open Long Distance Championships

Lake Calhoun

Saturday, January 27, 2018:
2018 US Speedskating Open Long Distance Championships
10:30 a.m. – 25K Speedskating Race (Long Blades)
1:30 p.m. – 10K Speedskating Race (Long Blades)
3:30 p.m. – 5K Speedskating Race (Long and Short Blades)
4:30 p.m. – 1K Short Skate Race
4:30 p.m. – 1K Long Blade Race

Sunday, January 28, 2018:
10:30 a.m. – 50K Speedskating Race (Long Blades)

The Speedskating Loppet will feature a one-kilometer outdoor natural ice oval on Lake Calhoun. 50 kilometer, 25 kilometer, and one kilometer distances for skaters with long blades (long blade skates and “nordic skates” allowed), as well as a one-kilometer short blade race for skaters with hockey or figure skates. Both long and short blade skates are permitted in the 5 kilometer race.


2018 US Speedskating Open Long Distance Championships

The 25k Speedskating Loppet will also be the 2018 US Speedskating Open Long Distance Championships.

Race Categories:

  • Elite Men
  • Elite Woman
  • Elite Junior Men (max 18 as of 6/30/2017)
  • Elite Junior Women (max 18 as of 6/30/2017)

Participating in the Championship is optional. An additional fee of $10 is required if you would like to compete in the categories above.

US Speedskating Medals will be presented to the first three in each of the above categories.

Race Overview

  • Track:
    • Minimum 1 kilometer groomed oval
    • Track 8-10 meters in width
  • Length of races:
    • 50K – long blade skates only
    • 25K – long blade skates only
    • 10K – long blade skates only
    • 5K – long and short blade skates allowed
    • 1K – long blade skates only
    • 1K – short blade race for skaters with hockey or figure skate style skates (no long blades allowed)
Bemidji Marathon - Photo: Lisa Sjogren

Bemidji Marathon – Photo: Lisa Sjogren

Entry Fee Schedule

Status Through September 7 Through November 30 Through January 4 Through January 23 January 27 (in-person only) Through January 30 February 4 (in-person only)
Speedskating Loppet 25K Open $50 $55 $60 $70 $85
Speedskating Loppet 50K Open $50 $55 $60 $70 $85 (No day-of registration)
Short Skate Loppet Open $10 $10 $10 $15 $20 (No day-of registration)
1K Long Blade Loppet Open $10 $10 $10 $15 $20 (No day-of registration)
Speedskating Loppet 5K Open $25 $30 $35 $45 $60 (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

Race Format & Rules

While this is not a US Speedskating sanctioned event, this event will be run using US Speedskating basic marathon skating rules. As such, no helmet is required, nordic skates and long blade skates are approved for the 5k, 10, 25K, and the 50K races. There is no need to purchase a US Speedskating license, or to present proof of citizenship to participate in these events.

There is no helmet requirement for these events, however, participants are free to wear a helmet if they prefer.

Speedskaters line up side-by-side and start in a mass start.

It is recommended that skaters in the 25K and 50K races provide a designated lap counter to ensure accuracy of race completion.

The link to US Spedskatings Rules and Regulations is here, however it is for reference only and we reserve the right to deviate from these rules as we see fit.



Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 a.m. in the registration tent in Loppet Village near Lake Calhoun Center.

10:00 a.m. – Call to Start
10:30 a.m. – Speedskating Loppet 25K starts
1:30 p.m. – Speedskating Loppet 10K starts
3:30 p.m. – Speedskating Loppet 5K starts
5:00 p.m. – Short Skate Loppet 1K and Long Blade Loppet 1K starts
5:30 p.m. – Speedskating Loppet Awards in Loppet Village near the Snow Sculptures.


10:00 a.m. – Call to Start
10:30 a.m. – Speedskating Loppet 50K starts


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