LNR, LCW, and Loppet Ski Club invite you to join them in saying farewell to winter with 24 Hours of Wirth, equal parts grueling athletic feat and serene natural experience.
Compete either as an individual or as part of a relay team. All skiers and fat bikers will be supported course-side with a fully stocked aid station and will find sustenance, comfort and community in The Trailhead throughout the night and day.
The 24 and the Half-24
As a celebration of the approaching Spring Equinox, 24 Hours of Wirth and the Half-24 begin and end with the sun. The 24 will begin at sundown on Febraury 28, or 6:44pm. The half-24 will begin with sunrise on the February 29, at 7:19am. Both races will end at sunset on Saturday evening, at 6:45pm.
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 have to ski or bike for 11 hours and 25 minutes.
Individuals and Teams
Participants may register either as an individual or as part of a relay team of up to four racers. Awards will be given to the top male and female bikers and skiers, as well as to the top open (i.e all male or mixed) and all-female teams in both disciplines.
Bikers and skiers may join forces on a relay team, but they will not be eligible for awards.
24 Hours of Wirth takes place on as extensive a loop as we can create in Theodore Wirth Park. With 6k of snowmaking capacity and an historical average high/low of 34°/19° we anticipate an excellent course.
Please note that the loop will include portions of trails that are not lighted (Twin Lakes and Green Meadow Trails), so bring your headlamp.
Support + Volunteership
24 Hours of Wirth will be no cakewalk. Competitiors must be prepared to take care of themselves while they are on the trail.
But the racers are 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 (think wraps + soups).
While not racing, relay team members can take shelter in the Theo Wirth Trailhead. There will be both an area for sleeping for those who bring thier 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.
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 Wirth Park is easily accessible via city bike paths. Bus line #7 comes right to the park on Plymouth Ave
Registration Coming Soon
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 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.
The Loppet Foundation need volunteers in all capacities for the event.
Interested in helping at 24 Hours of Wirth? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up below.