May 22, 2022

CityTrail Loppet

Urban Trail Run

A Return to the epic finish at the Sculpture Garden!

Join us on Sunday, May 22, 2022! Three distances to choose from – 5K, 10K and 10 Mile. All finish together at the Sculpture Garden. The 5K is a great option for those that want a shorter distance or want to walk/hike the course!

  • 5-17-22: Watch here for the Participant Guide and Start Lists. Note that runners will be starting in waves of 50 every two minutes. Know your start time. The Participant Guide and Start List will be emailed to all registered participants by noon on Thur, May 19.
  • COVID Note: Due to the currently rising infection rate, masks will be required on the shuttle buses and are encouraged in the Trailhead, start area and on the trail (in case you need assistance). Extra masks will be available near shuttle bus loading in case you forget to bring one.
  • View the Participant Guide here
  • View the Wave Start information here

The Loppet Foundation needs help in all capacities supporting the athletes as they take to the trails! Please sign up to volunteer by clicking the button below. If you have any questions, please email

We are excited to provide an interactive race day experience with the RaceJoy app! RaceJoy allows your loved ones to receive GPS progress alerts as you run, live GPS tracking to track your progress, runners can receive virtual cheers via audio notes and you can even Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results. To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race. Download the app today and check out the How To here.

Register Now!
 Starting 3/15/225/9/225/22/22 Race Day
CityTrail Loppet 5K$40$50$60
CityTrail Loppet 5K Youth$25$25$25
CityTrail Loppet 10K$50$60$75
CityTrail Loppet 10K Youth$25$25$25
CityTrail Loppet 10 Mile $50$60$75

Note: Register before May 8 (11:59pm) to get a CityTrail Craft tech shirt!

Proceeds from the CityTrail Loppet 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.

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7:00am-10:00am Shuttle Buses at Parade Stadium (near the finish)

7:00am-10:30am Packet Pickup (Trailhead-all events)

9:00am 10 Mile Start (Lower Stadium-Trailhead)

9:30am 10K Start (Lower Stadium-Trailhead)

10:30am 5K Start (Packets at Trailhead, Start at 55/Theo Wirth Pkwy)

10:00am-1:00pm Sculpture Garden Party and Utepils Beer Garden
*Start times and waves are tentative and dependent on weather, registration numbers, course, pandemics and any other possible factors. Final times will be communicated closer to the event and/or at packet pickup.

Packet Pickup

Friday, May 20, 4pm-7pm

Saturday, May 21, 10am-2pm at the Trailhead

Sunday, May 22, 7am-10:30am at the Trailhead

All events are point to point and finish at the Sculpture Garden.

Getting to the Start: Shuttle Buses

Shuttle buses will run from 7:30am-10:30am from the Parade Stadium Parking Lot (near the finish at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden) to the start line before the race. Please plan on at least an hour to make it to the race start from the shuttle pick-up. There are no shuttle buses from the finish back to the start after the race.


Parking is available in the Parade Stadium Parking Lot. Please note this is a paid lot. Additional (free) parking is available across the street at the Dunwoody College of Technology.

Alternative Transportation

Bikes: We will have a bike corral near the finish. We encourage everyone to ride their bike to the race!

Bus: Racers are encouraged to use public transportation to get to the Parade Stadium parking lot.

The Start

Each race may require wave starts to spread runners out on the trails. Start times are set for the races based on minimizing overlap.

10K/10Mile: Start at the Trailhead in Lower Stadium

5K: Start at the corner of Theo Wirth Pkwy and Hwy 55. From the shuttle dropoff and packet pickup at the Trailhead, walk south half a mile along Theo Wirth Pkwy (on the path) – perfect warmup jog/hike.

If the weather is bad, all participants may use the Trailhead for shelter before their start.

Bag Drop/Claim

All three races offer a bag drop. Bring your own bag. Please clearly mark your bag with your race number. Wire tag labels will be provided in your packet that may be used. The 10 Mile and 10K bag drop will be in the Trailhead parking lot. The 5K bag drop will be at the start on the corner of 55 and Theo Wirth Pkwy. Bag claim for all three races will be at the finish by the Sculpture Garden.

Change Your Event

You can change which event you registered for through RunSignUp. Click the button below for a video on how to switch your registration and instructions to help with troubleshooting.

Course Map

Here is a google map for reference: CityTrail Course Map 2022. Please note that google maps is an approximation and will not always match up exactly with various GPS units. And depending on conditions, the course markers may need to make last minute changes. So plan to follow the course markings on race day and expect changes and surprises.

Course Markings

The course is marked with a combination of blue ribbons, blue arrows, and flour. However, know that there are many intersections and runners are responsible for staying on course.

Aid Stations

  • Aid stations will have water and Gatorade (lemon-lime) to keep runners hydrated on the course at the following locations:
  • Overflow lot – approx 3 miles (10-Mile) and 2.5 miles (10K)
  • Bryn Mawr- 5.2 miles (10K), 1.6 miles (5K)
  • 394/N Wayzata Blvd- 6 miles (10-Mile only)
  • Cedar Park- 8 miles (10-Mile only)

Course Description

All CityTrail courses use a mixture of singletrack dirt trail, ski trail and asphalt paths. Choose your footwear accordingly. The 10Mile and 10K have a few hills 

10 Mile and 10K (first 6K):

From the start, runners will tackle the biggest hills of the course right from the start in the N Wirth area including ski trails (wider trails to begin to spread out runners) and some singletrack in Area 36, part of the Conundrum singletrack track trails (10K will skip the Conundrum section), along Bassett Creek and some 45 North singletrack. The rest of the course is relatively flat. Dead Dog trail on the east side of Theo Wirth Pkwy brings you back to the first aid station at the winter overflow lot. From there, runners take Tornado Alley to where the courses split near Bassett Creek.

10 Mile Continued:

From the split, the 10-milers take the Wirth Lake bridge-Jar Hill and cross Theo Wirth Pkwy and run through the woods to Glenwood. The route is then Bog-Brownie Lake and a horseshoe in Cedar Lake Park before taking the bikeway to Kenwood Pkwy-Spring Lake trail to the finish.

5K and 10K Cont:

The 5k starts at 55/Theo Wirth Pkwy and merges in with the 10K on Tornado Alley. From the race split (where the 10-mile turns off), the 10K turns south toward Utepils and Bassett Creek Park, cutting through the woods to Cedar Lake Rd and over to Bryn Mawr Park. Construction has changed our traditional route from Bryn Mawr following the detour to a spiral staircase-394 bridge-Kenwood Pkwy-Spring Lake trails and on to the finish.

After the race stay for the after party at the Sculpture Garden finish. Utepils will be providing a free beer for participants 21+ (soda will also be available), the first 500 to register for CityTrail Loppet will have a sticker on their bib signifying that they receive a fresh, ready-to-eat meal from Farmer’s Fridge. Be sure to enter the raffles from Fit 1st Running and Ridwell. There will be music provided and opportunities to speak with the attending sponsors!


The top 3 finishers in the male and female categories for each distance will be awarded gift cards from one of our valued Partners, Fit First Running, or OPE Running.  Awards will be presented at the Finish as soon as official results are available from the timer.

Gift Cards in these denominations will be awarded as follows for the 10 Mile, 10K & 5K1st Place: $75 Gift Card 2nd Place: $50 Gift Card3rd Place: $25 Gift Card

Age group results will be listed online for 5 year age groups; 19 & under, 20-24, 25-20, 30-34….etc, through 70 and up. There will be no age group awards or presentation.


All participants are automatically entered to win one of two 2 night stays at Heartwood Resort in Trego, WI.

The first 500 participants to register will receive a fresh, ready-to-eat meal from Farmer’s Fridge.

All 21+ participants will receive a free Surly beer at the end of the race. Alternative drinks (soda) will also be available at the finish.

Those who register by 11:59pm on May 8th will be guaranteed to receive a Craft tech tee-shirt in the size specified in registration. Extra shirts will likely be available after that date and will be distributed to those who did not register by the shirt deadline and will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis.

Men’s and Women’s sizing available. Please view the Craft sizing chart for reference before selecting your size at registration.

Join the Adventure!

Detailed sponsorship opportunities and packages are available.
Please contact the Loppet Foundation Sponsorship Manager:

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Lodging Sponsor


Official Apparel Provider

The Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422