Both races start in downtown Robbinsdale and finish at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. To alleviate trail congestion and make for a better experience, all participants will be asked to line up at the start based on their estimated pace. Volunteers will be at the start area with signs and dividers to help facilitate this process, and each group will be held for approximately 2 minutes between starts. The start will be chip-timed.
The CityTrail Loppet is marked by its variety along the course. Get ready for narrow trails, city views, wooded corridors, railroad yards, asphalt paths, and more. Compared to the Surly Brewing Co. Trail Loppet the CityTrail Loppet is going to be a little flatter. The point-to-point aspect means that most runners will encounter trails that they have never seen before.
The course is well-marked with a combination of blue ribbons, blue arrows, and flour. However, know that there are many intersections and runners are responsible for staying on course.
The first mile takes runners from downtown Robbinsdale through Robbinsdale parks and residential neighborhoods. The next mile runs through Robbinsdale’s Sochacki Park and Golden Valley’s Mary Hills Nature Area, where runners will encounter a mostly-flat mix of narrow trails. From there the trail winds past a small pond, over railroad tracks, and under roads before winding up at the 45th parallel in Theodore Wirth Park. The next mile follows a narrow trail towards Tornado Alley towards the first aid station. The two courses then diverge after the Highway 55 underpass.
- The 10K goes through Glenwood and into the Bryn Mawr Meadows area before following railroad tracks to Bryn Mawr Park. Participants will then head up and across an overpass that takes them over the City of Minneapolis public works area, offering a fantastic view of the downtown skyline. Coming off of the overpass, runners will merge onto the Cedar Lake Trail for a brief trot before joining up with the 10 Mile course again.
- The 10-Mile will have runners heading back west along Bassett Creek and then over a boardwalk suspended above Wirth Lake. Next stop – the Quaking Bog area! Narrow trails, big hills, and maybe an angry fox or a giant gopher, waiting to devour slow or injured runners. Following the Bog, runners will end up crossing Interstate 394 at about 7 miles, and then descend towards Brownie Lake. Around Brownie and Cedar lakes, Cedar Lake Park, and back onto the Cedar Lake Trail, the course is mostly flat with a mix of wooded trails and asphalt paths.
With just under a mile to go, the two courses come back together. Runners will head under Interstate 394 one last time, take on a final section of gritty singletrack, and then head towards the Spoonbridge for a grand finish and a Surly Beer (or root beer)!
The CityTrail Loppet events features chip timing. All runners must wear their chip in proper position throughout the race in order to receive a timed result!