Sunday, January 5, 2020


Get Tuned Up for the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival
Fat Bike & XC Ski Races

The Pre-Loppet is the tuneup event for the City of Lakes Loppet Festival. The event includes youth, junior, and adult ski races — as well as fat tire bike races on the same course. The Pre-Loppet is a wave qualifier for the Loppet Festival.

Ski Events

  • 17K Skate Ski Mass Start (classic track may be groomed if conditions allow)
  • 5K Junior Freestyle Mass Start (U16, U18, U20)
  • 3K Youth Freestyle Mass Start (U14)
  • 2K Youth Freestyle Mass Start (U10/U12)
  • 1K Youth Freestyle Mass Start (U8 and Under)

Fat Bike Events

  • 17K Fat Bike
  • 8K Fat Bike

Youth Race Series

The youth ski events are part of the Skiwerx Series. Racers with a MyXC Skiwerx Membership will receive priority seeding in the start order.

All Skiwerx Series events are restricted to non-fluorinated glide waxes.

Junior/Youth Age Classifications

U20Born between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2001
U18Born in 2002 or 2003
U16Born in 2004 or 2005
U14Born in 2006 or 2007
U12Born in 2008 or 2009
U10Born in 2010 or 2011
U8Born after December 31, 2011

2020 Pre-Loppet Registration Is Now Open!

Register Now!
 Through Nov 17, 2019Through Dec 31, 2019Through Jan 5, 2020 (Online) &
Day-of Registration (In-Person)
17K Pre-Loppet Freestyle$25$32$40
17K Pre-Loppet Fat Bike$25$32$40
8K Pre-Loppet Fat Bike Half-Distance$25$32$40
Junior 5K Freestyle (U16, U18, U20)$12$15$18
Youth 3K Freestyle (U14)$12$15$18
Youth 2K Freestyle (U10/U12)$12$15$18
1K Freestyle (U8 and Under)FreeFreeFree

Race day registration will be available on Sunday, January 5 both online and in The Trailhead. It is strongly suggested you register online before you arrive and bring your check-in pass (which is emailed to you once you complete your registration) to expedite check-in. If you are planning to register on-site, please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to complete your registration and get your bib before your race start, as there may be a line.

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

Proceeds from the Pre-Loppet benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

  • 9:00 a.m. – Youth (U8) 1K Freestyle Mass Start
  • 9:05 a.m. – Youth (U12/U10) Boys 2K Freestyle Mass Start
  • 9:07 a.m. – Youth (U12/U10) Girls 2K Freestyle Mass Start
  • 9:15 a.m. – Youth (U14) Boys 3K Freestyle Mass Start
  • 9:19 a.m. – Youth (U14) Girls 3K Freestyle Mass Start
  • 9:25 a.m. – Junior (U16 – U20) 5K Freestyle Mass Start
  • 9:30 a.m. – 17K Skate Ski Mass Start
  • 10:30 a.m. – 17K Fat Bike Mass Start
  • 10:35 a.m. – 8K Fat Bike Mass Start

Race distances and times are approximate and can change due to weather conditions.

Packet pick-up schedule and locations will be posted 4 weeks prior to the event. Please check back at that time for details.


Recommended parking is at the main lot at the Theodore Wirth Chalet or Mortenson Construction. We encourage alternative and public transportation. Wirth Park is easily accessible via the #7 bus line from downtown.

Theodore Wirth Chalet
1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Mortenson Construction
700 Meadow Ln N
Minneapolis, MN 55422

Aid Stations

There will be one or two aid stations depending on the course. Expect to find hydration and light snacks.

Course Information

2020 Course Maps will be available soon. Please see the 2019 course maps below for reference.

Course Start and Finish: 
Start: Youth ski races – Lower Stadium near The Trailhead. 17K Skate Ski and 17K and 8K Fat Bike races – Wirth Beach.

Finish: All races at Lower Stadium near The Trailhead.

Please be aware that biking on any of the ski trails is not allowed until the start of your race. The skiers will be on the course up until the start of the fat bike events. You are free to warm up on the bike path nearby as needed, but bikes are not allowed on the ski trails except for during the fat bike race.


Ski Races:

For the top male and female finishers in the 17K Skate Ski race.

For the top male and female finishers in the Junior 5K ski race. Age class ribbons for the the top three male and female finishers in the following Junior 5K categories:

  • U20, U18, U16

For the Youth Races:

  • U14 and U12: medals for the top three finishers
  • U10: podium awards for all racers. 
  • U8: Participation ribbons for all finishers.

Fat Bike Races:

For the top male and female finishers in the 17K Fat Bike Race.

For the top male and female finishers in the 8K Fat Bike Race.

Join the Adventure!

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

The Loppet Foundation needs volunteers in all capacities supporting the athletes as they take to the trails! Please sign up for a job by emailing

For volunteer opportunities sign up below:


1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422
Phone: 612-604-5330



Volunteer Coordinator