Saturday, September 19, 2020

Trail Loppet

The Urban Trail Run
Half Marathon · 7 Mile · 5K

The Surly Brewing Co. Trail Loppet is a rugged, urban trail run in Minneapolis’s largest regional park. The race starts and ends at The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park, where all participants will be greeted after the race with live music and a free Surly Brewing Co. beer (with a valid ID).

This is a Hoigaard’s Challenge event (see current standings here).

There are four race options:

  • Half Marathon
  • 7-Mile
  • 5K
  • Age Gap Relays

The Half Marathon and 7-Mile races are broken up into self-selected waves, with each wave starting five minutes apart. The waves are released fastest to slowest. Please note that waves often fill quickly, so if you wish to be in a particular race wave, please register early.

Half Marathon Wave Starts:

  • Furious Wave: Generally finish in 2 hours or under; or generally finish a road half-marathon in about 1:40 or under.
  • Abrasive Wave: Generally finish between 2 hours and 2 hours and 16 minutes, or generally finish a road half-marathon between 1:40 and 1:51.
  • Bender Wave: Generally finish between 2 hours 16 minutes and 2 hours 35 minutes, or generally finish a road half-marathon between 1:51 and 2:20.
  • Hell Wave: Generally finish in over 2 hours 35 minutes, or generally finish a road half-marathon in over 2:20.

7 Mile Wave Starts:

  • Smoke Wave: Generally finish in under 1 hour 8 minutes.
  • Cynic Wave: Generally finish in over 1 hour 8 minutes.
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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 7 Mile, please indicate your new wave preference in your email to

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 Surly Brewing Co. Trail Loppet benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

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

Race Day Schedule

  • 9:00 am – Half Marathon Furious Wave starts
  • 9:05 am – Half Marathon Abrasive Wave starts
  • 9:10 am – Half Marathon Bender Wave starts
  • 9:15 am – Half Marathon Hell Wave starts
  • 9:20 am – Age Gap Relays start
  • 10:00 am – Start of the 7 mile – Smoke wave
  • 10:05 am – Start of 7 mile – Cynic Wave
  • 10:15 am – Start of the 5K

Course Map

2020 course maps will be coming soon. For reference, the 2019 course maps for all races can be found on this interactive Google Map.

All races start and finish in the Lower Stadium next to The Trailhead. The course follows a mix of paved and non-paved trails, so wear appropriate footwear. Compared to the Sitka Salmon Shares CityTrail Loppet, the Surly Brewing Co. Trail Loppet features more difficult terrain.

Course Markings

The course is well-marked with a combination of blue ribbons, blue arrows, and flour. However, know that there are many intersections and runners are responsible for staying on course.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will have water to keep runners hydrated on the course at the following locations:

  • Aid Station 1 and 3: 55 Bridge (Half Marathon and 7 Mile)
  • Aid Station 2: Bog Parking lot (Half Marathon)
  • Aid Station 4: Pine Hill (near the Chalet) (Half Marathon and 7 Mile)

Cut-off Times

Racers may choose to finish, but course marshals and volunteers will be released from their positions at 1:00pm.


We encourage participants and spectators to bike, bus, walk, or jog on race morning. There will be a bike corral located at Start/Finish Area.

For those who must drive, we encourage carpooling. All participants and spectators should park in the nearby Mortenson parking lot. It is a short walk or jog from there to the start area.

Bag Drop

Everyone will receive a bag tag at packet pick-up that can be used to mark their own personal gear bag on race day. Participants must have race bib to retrieve their bag from the bag drop after the event.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in the Half Marathon, the 5K, and the 7-Mile.

Age-class medals are awarded to the top three male and female runners in the following age classes for each event:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

Door prizes will be given at the end of the awards ceremony.

Surly-est Runner Contest

Did you get bumped around or really roughed up on the trail? Let us be the judge. Go to the Surly tent to get your name on the contest list before start of the awards ceremony. The one we deem most scratched, scraped, and bruised will be crowned the Surly-est Runner, rewarded with a swag bag! You must be present to win.

Anything goes! We take scrapes, blood, sprains, lacerations and breaks (though, really, we hope it doesn’t come to this). The worse off you are, the better your chances of winning. Cheating is unacceptable.

Age Gap Relays registration will be available Summer 2020.

The Age Gap Relays is a two-person relay event pairing one adult and one child. The race starts and finishes at The Trailhead where both participants complete two laps of a 1K course.

The age and gender of each team is determined solely by the age and gender of the child. However, the adult must be at least 10 years older than the child. Registration is priced per team.

This event is part of the Loppet TRAIL KIDS Adventure Series. Look for other Age Gap Relays at Loppet events throughout the year.

Awards are given to the top three teams within each gender for U16, U14, U12, and U10 age categories. Everyone in the U8 category receives a participation ribbon.

2019 Results & Photos

2011 Results

Join the Adventure!

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

Major Sponsors

Media Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

All volunteers will receive race swag, food, and one free beverage or beer (with valid ID). For all volunteer opportunities follow the link below.

Contact with questions.

The Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422