September 16-17, 2023

Hennepin Healthcare Field Day & Utepils Trail Loppet

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

2002 Info Below: No major changes expected for 2023. The same amazing weekend with all the energy and fun. Mark your calendars!

The Hennepin Healthcare Field Day on Saturday is a fun-filled day of both competitive and non-competitive events for all ages and abilities. The day will start with a timed 5K trail run/walk and be followed by an untimed 1 mile and 0.5 mile trail run, before concluding with a variety of fun “trail and field” games and challenges.

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 and Half-Half (6-8 miles) 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).

  • Half Marathon
  • Half-Half (6-8 miles)
  • WAVE STARTS: Will be emailed and posted here by Thur, Sept 15, 3:00pm. Please know your wave and start time: PARTICIPANT START LIST. This list will be updated periodically to pull in additional registrations.
  • Get a Splash: Key Log Rolling will be on site both Saturday AND Sunday. Sure, you will still have something in your legs. It will be hot. Give it a roll!
  • Field Day will now have face painting. While not a “sticker” activity, we are expecting it to be quite popular!
  • We are using RaceJoy tracking! See instructions below so your fans can follow your race progress!
  • We are using RunnerTag for photos! You can look up your race number to see if we caught any pictures of you. We can’t make promises but we do try to get everyone!
  • Road Closures: Please note that Hwy 55 will be closed from 94 to Van White. From the east, we recommend taking 394 to 100 North and then east on 55 to the Mortenson parking lot (Meadow Ln N). For Friday packet pickup, Plymouth Ave may also still be closed from construction occurring Sept 12-16. See HERE for further information on city road closures.

Register Now!
 StatusStarting 5/22/2022Starting 7/17/2022Starting 9/3/2022Starting 9/16/2022
Half MarathonOpen$60$75$95$105
Half HalfOpen$50$65$85$95
Field Day (5K)Open$30$35$40$45
Youth Events (1M or Half Mile) and Adventure ChallengesOpen$10$10$10$10

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

Note: Subject to change. Please watch for updates.


4:00pm-7:00pm Packet Pickup (at the Trailhead, tootsie roll for everyone who picks up at this time!)


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

8:30am 5K Start (Trailhead)

9:00am-12:00pm Field Day Activities

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 (AT THE START, 55/Theo Wirth Pkwy)

8:30am Half Marathon Start (55/Theo Wirth Pkwy)

9:30am Half Half Start (55/Theo Wirth Pkwy)

10:00am-1:00pm Utepils Beer Garden

The following activities will be included as part of the Hennepin Healthcare Field Day activities:

  • Mile Run (starts approx on the hour-9:00, 10:00 and 11:00)
  • Half Mile Run (starts approx on the hour after the Mile Run-9:00, 10:00, 11:00)
  • Key Log Rolling! Plan to get wet!
  • Potato Sack Race
  • Soccer Goal Kick
  • Rubber Duck Toss
  • Shoe Kick
  • Frisbee Throw
  • Bag Toss
  • Balance Challenge
  • Agility Course
  • Ski Erg
  • Trailhead Sprint

See the Field Day Adventure Challenge Info Sheet for full information about the event and prizes!

See some of the best trails in every corner of Theo Wirth Park! The courses follow a mix of paved and non-paved trails, so wear appropriate footwear. 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. The Field Day 5K also has more difficult terrain for the first mile with some N Wirth hills (including a stair climb). All races finish with a loop through the scenic Back 40 and some mostly flat golf course running. Lots of adventure, challenge and pride to be had for all!

2022 Course Maps

See the 2022 course maps here: Trail Loppet Half Marathon and Half Half and Field Day 5K and Youth Runs.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will have water and energy to keep runners hydrated on the course. Plus more at the finish, of course!

5K: One aid station approx in the middle

Half Half: Two stations at approx 3mi and 5.4mi

Half Marathon: Five stations at approx 1.8mi, 4.3mi, 6.5mi, 9.1mi, 11.4mi.

Cut-off Times for Sunday’s Half Marathon and Half-Half

Racers may choose to finish, but course marshals and volunteers located at and before the 45 North Aid Station (mile 9 of the Half Marathon and mile 3 of the Half-Half) will be released from their positions at 12:00pm. There is no cutoff for the 5K or youth races. We set these times to be sure our volunteers aren’t out all day long but all participants still have plenty of time to finish.

We are excited to provide an interactive race day experience with the RaceJoy app! RaceJoy allows your loved ones to receive GPS progress alerts as you run, live GPS tracking to track your progress, runners can receive virtual cheers via audio notes and you can even Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results. To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race. Download the app today and check out the How To here.

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.

Lots of Parking at Mortenson: For those who must drive, we encourage carpooling. All participants and spectators should park in the nearby Mortenson parking lot. We expect the Trailhead lot to fill quickly on both Saturday and Sunday. 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).

On Sunday: Half Half and Half Marathon racers can go straight to the corner at 55/Theo Wirth Pkwy for the start of their race (Sunday packets will be at the start, not the Trailhead). Note that Mortenson is right in the middle of the start at Hwy 55 and the finish at the Trailhead!

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

On Sunday: Under NO circumstances may you drop off on Hwy 55 for the Half Half/Half Marathon. Even if you are running late, you will get a chip time and can just start in a later wave.

Sunday Bag Drop/Claim: For all the Half Half and Half Marathoners starting at Hwy 55, you are welcome to bring a personal bag (backpack, duffel) clearly marked with your race number. Your bib will have a claim tag that you can use! We will transport your bag to the finish at the Trailhead. Just put it in our van (or whatever transport method we are using) just before your wave is set to go. Bag claim will be in the north Trailhead parking lot. Easy peasy.


Participants must register by Sunday, September 4th in order to receive a race shirt . If you register after the 4th, please check at packet pick-up- there may be some shirts available in select sizes…first come, first serve. You are also welcome to check after the race in case additional shirts became available.


Awards will be given to the top three overall men and women 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.

Results will be listed for age groups as follows 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.


All registrants will be entered to win a 2-night stay at the beautiful Heartwood Resort in Trego, Wisconsin — perfect for your outdoor adventure getaway. Two participants from the Half Marathon, Half-Half, and 5K will be randomly chosen and contacted after the event.

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:

Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Lodging Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors

Community Partners

2022 Results & Photos


2021 Results & Photos



2020 Results & Photos

2019 Results & Photos

2011 Results

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