City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Race Day Logistics


Keep everyone safe

Review the Health Screening Form from the Minnesota Department of Health on race morning. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.

Information below is from 2020 for reference. It will be updated soon!

All bags dropped off at the North Beach Parking Lot on Saturday and Sunday will be transported to the finish area near The Trailhead at Wirth Park. Note that the Loppet provides bag tags, but you will need to bring a fully enclosed or duffel-type bag for your personal items. Do NOT leave wallets or other valuables in your bag as the Foundation will not be responsible for these items.

Start Times

Racers must begin the race at their assigned start time. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Wave Placements

Wave placements for the Skate Ski Loppet will be posted on the event page under the Start Format & Wave Placement section.

Cutoff Times

For the safety of both skiers and volunteers, skiers must reach the following positions by the designated times. Skiers who do not reach these positions in time will be transported to the finish area.

Saturday Cutoff Times

  • Glenwood Ave (Aid Station 3) – 12:00 pm

Sunday Cutoff Times

  • All skiers at Glenwood Ave/Wirth Beach – 12:15 pm
  • Fat bikers at Glenwood Ave/Wirth Beach – 1:15 pm

Timing chips must be returned before leaving the finish area. Bag claim and a changing tent will located in the North Trailhead Parking Lot. Find food (including the always popular bowl of chili) and drinks inside the Trailhead.

Saturday Amenities Schedule

  • 6:00am – 9:00am: North Beach Volunteer Parking
  • 7:00am – 11:00am: North Beach Classic Races Last Minute Bib Pickup
  • 7:00am – 11:00am: North Beach Parking Lot Dropoff Zone
  • 8:00am – 11:00am: North Beach Bag Drop (Got Junk trucks)
  • 10:00am – 2:30pm: The Trailhead North Parking Lot Bag Claim
  • 10:00am – 3:00pm: Changing Tent Heated
  • 10:30am – 4:00pm: The Trailhead Food Station
  • 11:00am – 4:00pm: Shuttle Bus runs between The Trailhead and Calhoun Executive Center

Sunday Amenities Schedule

  • 6:00am – 9:00am: North Beach Volunteer Parking
  • 7:00am – 2:00pm: North Beach Parking Lot Dropoff Zone
  • 8:00am – 1:00pm: North Beach Bag Drop (Got Junk trucks)
  • 8:00am – 2:00pm: North Beach – Last Minute Bib Pickup
  • 10:00am – 3:30pm: The Trailhead North Parking Lot Bag Claim
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm: Changing Tent Heated
  • 10:30am – 4:00pm: The Trailhead Food Station
  • 11:00am – 5:00pm: Shuttle Bus runs between The Trailhead and Calhoun Executive Center

In 2022, some participants will have the option of doing the marked course on their own time (by themselves or with friends) without the crowds, mass starts or competition structure. Please note that race support will be minimal and participants must be prepared to be self-sufficient. There will be no aid stations or course marshals. The Open Course is self-timed and results will be separate from the timed events. Instructions for uploading your time will be made available. Also note that road crossings will not have snow or be closed down. Please plan to pick up your packet on Thursday at The Trailhead from 4-8pm, so you will have your bib. Then, enjoy the trails with more space and all the challenge!

The Open Course option will be available for the following events. You can sign up for this option when registering for the events using the links below: