We are evaluating the feasibility of holding this event in 2022. Please stay tuned.
This ultra-marathon cross-country ski/fat-tire bike event is equal parts grueling athletic feat and fun outdoors experience. As a celebration of the approaching Spring Equinox, 24 Hours of Wirth and the 12 Hours of Wirth begin and end with the sun. The 24 hour will begin at sundown on Friday, or 5:59pm. The 12 hour will begin with sunrise on Saturday, at 6:52am. Both races will end at sunset on Saturday evening, at 6:00pm.
This does indeed mean that the 24 Hours of Wirth competitors will actually be putting in 24 hours and 1 minute, while our Half-24 racers will catch a break, only needing to ski or bike for 11 hours and 8 minutes.
Compete either as an individual or as part of a relay team. All skiers and fat bikers will be supported with a fully stocked aid station and will find sustenance, comfort, and community in The Trailhead throughout the night and day.
Proceeds from the 24 Hours of Wirth Winter benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.
Registration and transaction fees are non-refundable, including in the event of delay, rescheduling, or cancellation of an event or program. An event or program registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Participating under another person's name will result in disqualification.
Logistics & Transportation
Timing and Relay Teams
Gather your friends and put together a relay team! Relay teams can register up to four people per team.
Both the 12 and 24 hour races will be timed using ankle chips. Results will be based on distance completed prior to sunset at 6pm, with the tie breaker being the time of completion of that final lap (believe it or not this happened in the past: a distance tie after 24 hours…).
Each team will have a single ankle chip that will need to be exchanged between team members. Your team then gets to decide how often you want to rotate racers.
Bikers and skiers may join forces on a relay team, but they will not be eligible for awards.
A screen in The Trailhead will track live results.
A basic aid station will be set up at the lap/relay tag zone, just outside The Trailhead. It will have water and Tailwind energy drink as well as some simple snacks.
Inside The Trailhead we will have a fully stocked ultra-style aid station. Think sweet and salty snacks, sandwiches, soups, pancakes, and more.
Parking and Transportation
There are no transportation restrictions during 24 Hours of Wirth. Overnight parking passes are given out in registration packets and must be displayed on dashboards of cars parked in Minneapolis Park parking lots.
The Loppet encourages alternate transportation. Biking to Theodore Wirth Park is easily accessible via city bike paths. Bus line #7 comes right to the park on Plymouth Ave.
Support and Volunteering
24 Hours of Wirth will be no cakewalk. Competitors must be prepared to take care of themselves while they are on the trail.
However, racers will not be entirely alone, knowing that every time they pass by The Trailhead they will be greeted by volunteers at a fully stocked aid station.
While not racing, relay team members can take shelter in the The Trailhead. There will be both an area for sleeping for those who bring their sleeping pads and bags, and entertainment for those who want to stay up through the night.
More than other Loppet Foundation events, the Loppet Ultras, 24 Hours of Wirth included, is a community effort, and depends on racers helping us recruit the volunteers that make the event possible.
Answers to FAQs
Are there waxing recommendations, and where can I wax? We are not putting out recommendations. You may bring a waxing stand and set it up on The Trailhead’s north patio.
Will there be a microwave at the aid station? Yes, there will be a microwave and a water heater at the aid station.
Do youth participants need to be accompanied by an adult? Yes, participants under age 18 need to be accompanied by a supervising adult 23 years old or older (do NOT need to be a legal guardian).