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)

Please see the following link for equipment needed for the fall session – Fall Equipment Needed


Fall Program Session Options, Locations, & Registration:

Early Fall
Two Day/Week Session

September 5 – November 9

( includes Adventure Run Series and Sunday afternoon mountain bike sessions)
Register Now!

Late Fall
Two Day/Week Session

October 3 – November 9 

( includes Adventure Run Series and Sunday afternoon mountain bike sessions)
Register Now!

Fall Sunday
Mountain Bike Session

September 10 – October 15

( includes  Loppet Games Event)
Register Now!

New to TRAIL KIDS? Click here to “Test Drive” a fall session for free

Note that the two day sessions also include the Sunday mountain bike sessions for youth to attend if desired but not mandatory.

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
  • Sunday afternoon mountain bike sessions (included in two day TRAIL KIDS registration fee).
  • Discounted Adult LNR Dryland Session (meeting at Wirth Beach same time as TRAIL KIDS). Email Kim Rudd at kim.rudd@loppet.org for discount code to register for following class: 2017 LNR Adult Fall Dryland

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:

All Adventure Race Series take place on Thursday evenings and meet at Wirth Main Chalet Parking lot ( accept the Saturday September 23rd Trail Loppet Age Gap Relay that meets at Wirth Beach. Race packet pick up info here)

  • Hyland Park
    • Coaching Staff: Gretchen Mueller and Craig Jarvinen
    • Session Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wirth Beach
    • Coaching Staff: Mary Mckelvey, Steve Yore, Dave Nelson,  Michael Laraia, Rich Ryan and John Strand.
    • Session Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Elm Creek Park
    • Coaching Staff: Kim Rudd, Erik Torniainen, Duncan Dahl,Diana Buddie and Rick Buddie
    • Session Schedule: Tuesday/Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Mountain Bike Session –
    • Coaches: Steve Yore, Steve Eberly, Guido Palma, Duncan Dahl, Mary McKelvey and Kim Rudd
    • Session Schedule: Various locations ( Wirth, Elm Creek, Rebecca and Lebanon –  3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

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


Detailed Fall Practice Activity Schedule: