February 4, 2022

Open Course Race Format

Enjoy the City of the Lakes Loppet Winter Festival courses without the crowds

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

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Many people are ready to get back to regular racing! However, in addition to our normal events this year, we are also keeping an “open course” option that participants told us they appreciated last year as a COVID-19 social-distancing option. In 2022, some participants will have the option of completing the marked City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival courses on their own time (by themselves or with friends) without the crowds, mass starts, or competition structure. We hope you enjoy the trails with more space, but all the same challenge!

The Open Course Format will be available Friday, February 4, from 8am-4pm for select events. See below for specific events with this format offered.

Please note that unlike with the regular race format, there will not be race support during the Open Course Format, and participants must be prepared to be self-sufficient. There will be no aid stations nor course marshals during this time. Also note that road crossings will not have snow on them nor be closed down to road traffic for the Open Course Format, so you will need to remove your skis and walk across a couple sections of the course.

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Timing/Results Submission

The Open Course is self-timed and results will be listed online separate from the timed events. Instructions for uploading your time online will be provided before the event.

Packet Pickup

Please plan to pick up your packet on Thursday at The Trailhead from 4-8pm, so you are able to wear your race bib when completing the course.

Race Offerings

The Open Course option will be available only for the following events. Open Course options will not be available for fat-tire bike, skijor, snowshoe, or Next Generation events. You can sign up for this option when registering for the events using the links below or by clicking the registration button above: