Loppet Foundation

Skate Marathon – 42k

Sunday – 9:00 a.m.

Participants start in Uptown, ski across lakes, over parkways, and through woods to a grand finish before cheering crowds in the Loppet Village in Theodore Wirth Park. Skiers of all ages and abilities will be challenged and thrilled by this beautiful urban course. Go for your best time, or simply enjoy this unique ski experience.

Loppet Skate Marathon

Look for the clothing bag drop near the start line.

2019 Course Map »

Entry Fee

Status Through September 30 Through November 29 Through January 3 Through January 24 Through February 1 (in-person only) Through February 2 (in-person only)
Skate Marathon (Sunday) Open $80 $85 $95 $105 $120 $120

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

Start Format & Wave Placement

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The Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon is a five wave format, with up to 300 people per wave. There are five minute intervals between wave start times. The race starts with the Best of the Loppet Wave and then each succeeding wave follows, with roughly equal numbers of people in each wave. Skiers are placed into waves based on their times at the previous two years’ Loppet events or on this year’s Pre-Loppet. (See below). But beware the late registrant – if the wave you have qualified for is full, you will be placed in the next available wave.

Wave placement is based upon the past two years of Loppet results and/or the Pre-Loppet only. For details click here.

Columbia Sportswear Skate Wave Start Schedule

Wave Start Time
Best of the Loppet Wave 9:00 a.m.
Wave 1 9:05 a.m.
Wave 2 9:10 a.m.
Wave 3 9:15 a.m.
Wave 4 9:20 a.m.


A race within the race – more information here.

Hoigaard’s Challenge

The Columbia Sportswear Skate is a Hoigaard’s Challenge event. Do either the Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon or the Hoigaard’s Classic Marathon, then complete the City Trails Loppet, the UCare Tri-Loppet, and Surly Trail Loppet in a single year and qualify for awards and recognition. The Loppet Foundation thanks Bearskin Lodge for its sponsorship of Hoigaard’s Challenge – winners of the Hoigaard’s Challenge Competitive category for men and women each win a week trip to Bearskin Lodge, and winners of the General category are entered into a drawing to win a week trip to Bearskin Lodge.

Double-Loppet Award

Ski the Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon and the Mora Vasaloppet in the same year and receive the “Double-Loppet” award. This participation pin goes to all skiers who complete a 25 kilometer or longer event at both the City of Lakes Loppet and the Mora Vasaloppet in the same year.

CXC Marathon Cup

The Skate Marathon is part of the CXC Marathon Cup race series.

Individuals will automatically be scored for series events in which they participate; CXC membership is optional but they are encouraged to take advantage of the benefits that CXC membership provides. More information on CXC/USSA Membership.



Proceeds from the City of Lakes Loppet Festival events benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.