September 15, 2024

Utepils Trail Loppet

The Urban Trail Run and Festival
Half Marathon · Half-Half · 5K

Our most popular trail running event of the season, the  Utepils Trail Loppet on Sunday is a day of rugged, urban trail running in Minneapolis’s largest regional park. The Half Marathon, Half-Half (6.5 miles) and 5K races in Theodore Wirth Park are the ultimate urban trail running experience, and all participants will be greeted after the race with music and a free Utepils beer (with a valid ID). All Sunday race courses will start at the Trailhead and finish at Utepils Brewing!

  • 5K (NEW this year: now on Sunday)
  • Half Marathon
  • Half-Half (6.5 miles)

Utepils Trail Loppet weekend starts with Loppet Field Day! Loppet Field Day on Saturday is a fun-filled day at the Trailhead in Theo Wirth Park of both competitive and non-competitive events for all ages and abilities. The day will start with an untimed 1 mile and 0.5 mile trail run, before concluding with a variety of fun “trail and field” games and challenges. Great for all ages!

Register Now!
StatusStarting 1/1/2024Starting 6/28/2024Starting 9/13/2024
Half MarathonOpen$63$84$100
Half HalfOpen$53$68$90
5K (YOUTH)Open$15$15$15

Register by September 1st to be guaranteed an event tee shirt.

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 Loppet Field Day & Utepils Trail Loppet benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

DISTANCE CHANGES: The deadline to make race distance changes is 4:00pm on the Friday a week before the race. After that, a registrant wishing to change to a shorter distance will need to register and pay the full fee for the new race distance. If you are dropping from the Half-Marathon to the Half-Half, please indicate your new pace preference in your email to


4:00pm-7:00pm Packet Pickup (Location: Trailhead)


7:30am-11:30am Packet Pickup (Location: Trailhead)


7:00am-9:15am Packet Pickup (Location: Trailhead)

Note: Subject to change. Please watch for updates, but see below for the 2023 schedule!


4:00pm-7:00pm Packet Pickup (at the Trailhead)


7:30am-11:30am Packet Pickup (at the Trailhead)

9:00am-12:00pm Field Day Activities (come when you want!)

9:00am First 1-Mile/Half Mile Runs

10:00am Second 1-Mile/Half Mile Runs

11:00am Third 1-Mile/HalfMile Runs


7:00am-9:15am Packet Pickup (Location: Trailhead). NOTE: We are giving shirts out at Packet Pickup. If you don’t have someone to take your stuff for you to the finish (including the shirt), see Bag Drop information below).

8:30am Half Marathon Start (Location: Trailhead)

9:30am Half Half Start (Location: Trailhead)

10:30am 5K Start (Location: Trailhead)

10:00am-1:00pm Utepils Beer Garden (and the party can continue inside the Utepils Taproom and back yard!)

See some of the best trails in every corner of Theo Wirth Park! Compared to the CityTrail Loppet, the Utepils Trail Loppet half marathon course features more hilly terrain in Butler/Bog and in N Wirth. Same for the Half Half with some significant climbing in N Wirth. Expect exciting course changes as the Half-Half and Half Marathon now finish at Utepils Brewing.

  • What kind of trails: The courses follow a mix of trails including paved, ski and singletrack. Please wear appropriate footwear.
  • Dogs: While we love dogs we ask that you please keep them home this weekend.
  • Strollers: As this is a trail run with a mix of terrain and trail, strollers are not a great fit for these courses but are more than welcome for hanging out at Field Day.
  • Sag: A sag vehicle will be available if you are unable to finish. Please notify the closest course marshal or aid station volunteers to help you arrange a pick up.

Course Maps

Field Day/5K (2023 – updated version coming soon)

Sunday: Half Marathon, Half-Half and 5K

Course Marking

  • All courses are marked with arrows and blue tape with occasional wrong way signs and flour/chalk on the ground.
    • Youth Mile: Green arrows
    • Youth Half Mile: Red arrows
    • Sunday Events (5K, Half-Half, Half Marathon): Blue arrows

Aid Stations

Aid stations will have water and Gatorade to keep runners hydrated on the course. There will be portable toilets at all aid stations except Trail 18.

  • Half Marathon: 5 aid stations
  • Half-Half & 5K: 2 aid stations

Live Athlete Tracking & Results!

Download the Mtec Results app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store to track participants, view post race results, and stay up to date on event information.  Once downloaded, open the app and search for Utepils Trail Loppet or find Utepils Trail Loppet under the lists of upcoming/recent events.  When viewing a participant, you can opt into realtime tracking notifications by tapping the heart in the top bar. *Please note this is only for the Half Marathon and Half Half.

Getting to Wirth, Parking, Dropoffs and Bags

Bike (the best!): We encourage participants and spectators to bike, walk, or jog on race morning. There will be extra bike racks at the Trailhead (parking lot) where you can lock your bike.

Take the bus(!): The Number 7 route comes to Wirth Park! Check for info and route planning.

Dropoffs: Pull-through drop-offs may be done in the north Trailhead parking lot, though the full turnaround itself will be closed.


  • For Saturday: Lots of parking at Mortenson Parking Lot! We expect the Trailhead lot to fill quickly. It is a short walk or jog from the Mortenson parking lot to the start area. Please do not park in any reserved spaces at Mortenson. The quickest route from the Mortenson parking lot to the Trailhead is north through the Humane Society parking lot/driveway through the woods to the Luce Line paved trail (then turn right to get to the Trailhead).
  • For Sunday: If you are parking, we recommend parking at Mortenson Parking Lot where there are plenty of spaces. It is an easy walk or warmup jog to the Trailhead. There will be some limited parking space at the Trailhead. We will have shuttle buses running from the finish back to both the Trailhead and Mortenson.

Sunday Shuttle: On Sunday, we will have shuttle buses running from Utepils (finish) back to the Trailhead and Mortenson. We have you covered whether you bike, take a Metro bus or park at the Trailhead or Mortenson.

  • Shuttles will be running from the finish (Utepils) to the Trailhead AND Mortenson from 10am-1pm on Sunday.
  • Shuttles will be picking up east of Thomas Ave N and Glenwood Ave

Bag Drop and Race Shirts: For the Half Half and Half Marathon on Sunday, we will have bag drop available at the start (look for the vans near the start with open doors). Bring a personal bag (backpack, duffel) with your race number clearly marked on it (we will have markers available if needed). We will bring it to the finish for you! Tip: If you wait until race day to check in, you may want to bring a bag even if you won’t have extra warmup clothes or other items because we are handing out race shirts at packet pickup.


All participants registered by September 1st will receive a Utepils Trail Loppet tshirt!


Awards will be given to the top three overall men, women, and non-binary in the Half Marathon, Half-Half and 5K. If you expect you are a winner, please stick around the finish. We’ll do these award announcements as soon as the top finishers are in.

Utepils Trail Loppet meets Trail Sisters Approval Standards which include:

  • Equal awards for men & women (The Loppet also has equal awards for non-binary participants)
  • Women’s specific apparel & swag
  • Menstrual products at aid stations
  • Women on the starting line
  • Pregnancy & postpartum policy: registered participants who become pregnant or are <6 months postpartum can reach out to by August 15th for their event entry to be deferred by 1 year

All volunteers will receive race swag and one free beverage or beer (with valid ID). Please e-mail with questions.

Join the Adventure!

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

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Thanks to Event Sponsors

Community Partners

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2019 Results & Photos

2011 Results

The Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422