Loppet Foundation

Loppet Challenge

Skiers test their mettle with back-to-back long distance races. The Challenge starts on Saturday with the Hoigaard’s Classic and continues Sunday with the Skate Marathon. Age class awards based on the cumulative time for the weekend, with an “enduro” each day offering an opportunity for a time bonus.

Challenge Registration

Special separate registration for the Loppet Challenge runs through November 30 only. Challenge participants who register by November 30 receive the special lower-cost Loppet Challenge pricing and a unique race hat that reflects their status as Loppet Challenge participants. Note that participants who register after November 30 register at the normal individual race price for both events and do not receive a special Loppet Challenge hat. Loppet Challenge registration closes with on-line registration. An athlete who registers for individual events after Tuesday, January 31 will not be scored as a Loppet Challenge participant, even if they ski in both events.

Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation or event transfer.


Skiers register for the Loppet Challenge by November 30, or register individually for the Hoigaard’s Classic and the Skate Marathon (note that registrants after November 30 do not receive a special Loppet Challenge hat). Hand-crafted age class prizes are awarded to the skiers with the top cumulative time for the weekend, less any time bonuses for the Saturday enduro. The top skier in each age class receives a 30 second time bonus for being the first in his/her age class in the enduro.

Example: Fred Fifties finishes the Classic in 2:10 and the Freestyle in 2:00. Fred is the first in his age class in the enduro in the Classic. Fred’s total time is 2:10 + 2:00 – 30 seconds = 4:09:30. Mo Lasses finishes the Classic in 2:10 and the Skate in 1:59:45, but Mo is not the first in the age class in the enduro on Saturday. Mo finishes with a total time of 4:09:45 – fifteen seconds behind Fred.