Loppet Foundation

Loppet Skate Marathon

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Sunday: 10:00 a.m.

Participants start at the North Beach on Bde Maka Ska, ski across lakes, over parkways, and through woods to a grand finish before cheering crowds at the Trailhead 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

For additional event information, see the Sunday Point to Point Races Event Information.

Entry Fee

Status Through September 30 Through November 29 Through January 3 Through January 24 Through January 29 Through February 1 (in-person only) Through February 2 (in-person only)
Skate Marathon (Sunday) Closed $80 $85 $95 $105 $120 $130 $130

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 Skate Marathon is a three-wave format. The race starts with the Best of the Loppet Wave, which is followed by Wave 1, then Wave 2. Skiers are placed into waves based on their times at the previous two Skate Marathon 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.

Initial wave placement is based upon the past two Skate Marathon results and/or the 2019 Pre-Loppet only. If you wish to request a faster wave placement and have posted race results from the past two calendar years, please fill out this form to be considered. Requests MUST be received by 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 29th or they WILL NOT be considered.

Skate Marathon Wave Start Schedule

9:00 am Best of the Loppet Wave

9:05 am Wave 1

9:10 am Wave 2

Hoigaard’s Challenge

The Skate Marathon is a Hoigaard’s Challenge event. Do either the Skate or the Classic Marathon, then complete the CityTrail Loppet, the 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 the 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 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.



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