Sunday, January 17, 2021


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 ski races — as well as fat tire bike races on the same course. The Pre-Loppet is a wave qualifier for the City of Lakes Loppet Festival.

Race distances are approximate and may be changed should weather conditions require it. This webpage is where any updates will be publicized.

Ski Events

  • 17K Freestyle (classic track may be groomed if conditions allow)
  • 5K Freestyle (classic track may be groomed if conditions allow)

Fat Bike Events

  • 17K Fat Bike
  • 11/24/20: Registration has not yet been opened for the Pre-Loppet. However, we expect to open it within the next week. While we have tested several COVID-safe race formats this summer and fall, it is our intention to test our Festival race plan with the Pre-Loppet setup. And, of course, all depends on the current recommendations and orders from the Governor and MN Dept of Health. More soon.

During these times of uncertainty, we remain committed to providing inspiring opportunities to promote a healthy active lifestyle and wellness events for all.

That being said, the 2021 event will happen, it just may look different than it traditionally has.

While we may not have all of the answers now, we promise to keep you updated as soon as answers are known. We are working very closely with local, regional and state public health officials as we develop all of our event plans. As always, our number one goal is the safety of our participants, volunteers, staff, and the greater community.

Registration Closed

You must 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.

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.

Information on packet pick-up and race schedule will be available in the weeks leading up to the event.

As this is an early season race, we will do our best to give you the biggest adventure that the trails allow by maximizing both the snowmaking and natural trail systems.

Bikers 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.

Aid Stations

Due to COVID-19 in 2021, it is likely that we will not have aid stations and racers will need to be self-sufficient. This could change based on local, state, and national health guidelines.


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

All participants and spectators should park in the Theodore Wirth Chalet parking lot or the nearby Mortenson parking lot. It is a short walk, jog, or bike from those lots to the start area.

Information on awards will be available in the weeks leading up to the event.

Please email for volunteer opportunities.

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