Sunday, January 16, 2022


Great Way to Prepare for the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival Fat-Tire Bike & XC Ski Events

The Pre-Loppet event includes both ski races and fat-tire bike events. Pending good snow conditions with typical Loppet optimism and can-do-ism, the 2022 Pre-Loppet long course ski and fat bike (approx 15K-17K) will utilize the natural snow trails in Theodore Wirth Park between the Trailhead and Glenwood Rd (e.g Bridge, Skyline, Tornado, JD Rivers, Wirth Lake and Jar Hill) and finish on the world class snowmaking trails plus the scenic natural snow Judy trail near the Trailhead.

The Open 5K starts and finishes at the Trailhead using the snowmaking trails. We are exploring options for shorter/youth and ski ski events. Stay tuned.

The Pre-Loppet has always been the key tune-up event for the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival.

Ski Events

  • 15K Freestyle (classic track may be groomed if conditions allow)
  • 5K Freestyle (course all on snowmaking with classic track on right)

Fat Bike Events

  • 17K Fat Bike

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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.

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.

Tentative: Packet Pickup

  • Fri, Jan 14, 3pm-6pm, Trailhead
  • Sat, Jan 15, 11am-2pm, Trailhead
  • Sun, Jan 16, 7am-10am, Trailhead: Note that the packet pickup location may change for the long course ski and fat bike depending on the race start location.

Tentative: Race Day Schedule

More info coming soon. Below are tentative plans for general planning purposes. If specific start time assignments are required, we will post them here before the event.

  • 8:30am-9:30am: 5K Ski Start and possible youth and sit ski races
  • 9:00am: Long Course Ski Start
  • 10:30am: Long Course Fat-Tire Bike Start

Please keep everyone safe: Review the CDC COVID-19 Symptoms. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms on race morning, please stay home and seek testing and professional health care advice.

Our full COVID-19 mitigation plans will be communicated and posted closer to the event date.

Skier Race Bibs

Skiers: Every year we spend thousands of dollars on bibs and the vast majority become waste or end up in a box in a closet. We are transitioning to using reusable bibs at as many of our events as possible so please plan to remove the bib at the finish and place it in the collection tubs. Thank you for helping us reduce waste and move toward greener events!

Bag Drop: Long Course

Depending on the location of the long course events, we will provide start line bag drop with collection at the Trailhead. Please bring your own bag. More specific information will be available closer to race day.

Aid Stations

We will have a basic aid station (water, energy, and perhaps basic pre-packaged items) near the Trailhead for the long course racers. And at the finish for all participants.


We love our spectators and will provide additional guidance depending on COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC, Minnesota Dept of Health and MPRB. We are outdoors and have a lot of space for distancing. Please respect the participants by staying out of the start and finish areas.

Course Maps: 2022 Coming Soon

Below are the 2021 maps for reference. Note that we are expecting to use a different start area in 2022 but we will be utilizing the same trail systems.

Bikers are free to warm up on the bike paths nearby as needed, but bikes are not allowed on the ski trails except for during the fat-tire bike event.


We encourage participants to bike, bus, or walk on race morning.

If you choose to drive and are unfamiliar with the area, please refer to our Loppet Parking Map. We will provide more information when the long course start locations have been set.

More info coming …

We need help from volunteers to help us manage the course, start/finish areas and more. Watch this space for a link to sign up. If you still have questions, please email

Join the Adventure!

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


The Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422