The City of Lakes Loppet Ski races, including the Skate Sprints and both the Skate and Classic marathons, are part of several larger series.
The Loppet Minne-Tour is the overall competition for the entire weekend of ski racing. Athletes who compete in both the classic and skate marathons, as well as the Finn Sisu Sprints will have their times from all three races added up as part of the Loppet Minne-Tour. Racers who complete all 3 races will receive (award), and the overall winners of the Minne-Tour will receive a cash prize!
The City of Lakes Loppet marathon is a part of the Hoigaard’s Challenge, along with the CityTrail Loppet, the Tri-Loppet, and the Surly Trail Loppet. Participants who compete in either the Classic or the Skate marathon, along with each of the three other Loppets will receive recognition at the end of the year in the form of commemorative pins, age class awards and prizes, and are entered in a drawing to receive a one week stay at Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail, just outside of Grand Marais, MN.
Skiers test their mettle with back-to-back long distance races. The Challenge starts on Saturday with the Loppet Classic Marathon and continues Sunday with the Skate Marathon. Age class awards are based on the cumulative time for the weekend.
Special separate registration for the Loppet Challenge runs through November 30th only. Challenge participants who register by November 30th receive the special lower-cost Loppet Challenge pricing and a unique race hat that reflects their status as Loppet Challenge participants. Note that participants who register after November 30th register at the normal individual race price for both events and do not receive a special Loppet Challenge hat. Loppet Challenge registration closes with online registration. An athlete who registers for individual events after online registration closes will not be scored as a Loppet Challenge participant, even if they ski in both events.
Hand-crafted age class prizes are awarded to the skiers with the top cumulative time for the weekend.
While Loppet Challenge participants must register separately, the Hoigaard’s Challenge does not require a separate registration. Any racer who participates in the four aforementioned events will be automatically qualified for the Hoigaard’s Challenge and relevant recognition.