Loppet Foundation

Fall TRAIL KIDS Programs

The Fall TRAIL KIDS Program offers fun outdoor active adventures for kids ages 7-14 years old. Coaches keep practice both challenging and fun for kids while also teaching important age developmental motor skills. Youth are split into ability/age/gender coaching groups ( U10, U12, U14).

Youth gain both fitness, strength and ski specific technique while also enjoying some adventures outdoors! Each session will be a mix of trail running/bounding, ultimate, orienteering, adventure races, rollerski/rollerblade ( working on skate ski technique along with some mountain bike sessions).

New this fall we will be offering a mountain bike program that meets Sunday afternoons at various parks in the Metro Area.

At practice, youth will be challenged with the following activities:

  • Agility and strength exercises to develop age appropriate motor skills
  • Ski specific balance and technique drills to help prepare for winter
  • Ski bounding/trail running to build endurance and power
  • Orienteering skills and competition events
  • Adventure Trail Race Series provides competition and fun adventures in the woods
  • Games, relays, ultimate and soccer mixed in throughout the sessions.
  • Rollerski/Rollerblade ski technique sessions
  • Mountain biking ( Sunday afternoon sessions and some weekly sessions  at certain locations)

Fall Program Session Options & Registration:

Fall Loppet TRAIL KIDS Program Registration Fee Includes:

  • USSA Level 100/200 Certified Program Coaches
  • Loppet TRAIL KIDS Team Shirt
  • Adventure Running Series (early session)
  • Loppet Games Event – Saturday, October 28, 9-1
  • Sunday afternoon mountain bike sessions ( included in two day TRAIL KIDS registration fee).

Detailed Fall Practice Activity Schedule

Scholarships Available: Fee reductions are available for those in financial need. Please inquire with program director Kim Rudd at kim.rudd@loppet.org for more information.


Loppet TRAIL KIDS Fall Program Locations:

 Fall Program Locations:

  • Hyland Park
    • Coaching Staff:  TBD
    • Session Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wirth Beach  from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Coaching Staff: Mary Mckelvey, Gretchen Mueller, Corey Mecl, Mary Mckelvy, Steve Yore, Dave Nelson and Michael Laraia
  •  Elm Creek Park  –
    • Coaching Staff: TBD
    • Session Schedule:Tuesday/ Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the Loppet TRAIL KIDS coaching staff click here.