July 17 - 20, 2020

Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet

Semi-Virtual Off Road Triathlon
Paddle + Trail Run + Mountain Bike

Combining paddling, trail running, and mountain biking, the Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet is all that is Minnesota distilled into one athletic event. Connecting the waters of Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes with the forests and prairie of Theodore Wirth Park, the event has earned a reputation as both a challenge for the region’s multi-sport elite and an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities to have a blast outside with friends and family. 

In 2020, the Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet will take place in the lingering shadow of COVID-19. As such, the Loppet Foundation will make a number of adjustments, allowing participants to enjoy the best possible outdoor active experience while also assuring that our community is kept safe and healthy. 

The Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet is the third Hoigaard’s Challenge event, following the Loppet Winter Festival Marathons and spring’s Sitka Salmon Shares CityTrail Loppet and preceding autumn’s Surly Brewing Co. Trail Loppet. Check out current Hoigaard’s Challenge standings here.

The Loppet Foundation is consulting on a continual basis with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minneapolis Park Board in its event planning.

Should any event updates need be made, related to Covid-19 considerations or anything els, they will be posted here.

Register Now!
 StatusRegistration OpenStarting 6/2/20Starting 6/16/20Starting 6/30/20
Tri-Loppet Off-Road Triathlon: IndividualOpen$50$60$65$70
Tri-Loppet Off-Road Triathlon: RelayOpen$30$40$45$50
Du-Loppet Off-Road Duathlon: IndividualOpen$50$60$65$70
Du-Loppet Off-Road Duathlon: RelayOpen$30$40$45$50

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 Tri-Loppet and Du-Loppet benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

Safety First

In 2020 the Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet are primarily an opportunity to be healthy and active outside. The event has been significantly redesigned in comparison to previous years to enable safe participation with regard COVID-19.

One notable difference is in regard to the competition demand. In years past Tri-Loppet has been facilitated to push athletes to compete and be fast. In 2020, in the context of COVID-19, that is not appropriate. This year our central goal is to get people outside and active in a way that principally rewards participation and not to encourage any behavior that could put our community at risk.

While you should prepare well, train hard, and perform at your best, the most important goal, for any event any time, is to stay safe, and keep others safe, while out on the water and trails.

Other non-coronavirus related safety rules are still important too:

  • All paddlers must have Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) in the boat and are advised to wear them. Paddlers 14 and under must wear a PFD.
  • All bikers must wear helmets while biking.

Independent Segments

In place of a single unbroken multi-sport event, the Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet will consist of independent race segments. Participants may complete two (Du) or three (Tri) of their segments on a single day or complete them on multiple days.

Individual Start Times

Participants will be able to sign up for an individual interval start time. Other runners, paddlers, and bikers will be on the trail but social distancing will be enabled.

Start and Finish

Participants are asked to arrive only shortly before their start time and to depart shortly thereafter so that we can all practice good social distancing.

Self Reported Times

As participants paddle, bike, and run on their own schedule during the event period, the event will be self-timed. This means that each individual will be responsible for timing themselves and reporting their result via our online result reporting portal. 

Compete Multiple Times

Participants may complete the courses multiple times over the course of the event period. They need only report their fastest result for each segment as their final result.


No bibs are required during the 2020 Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet.


There will be three sections in the Tri-Loppet:

  • Paddling Section: 8K
  • Trail Running Section: 6K
  • Mountain Biking Section: 12K

There will be two sections in the Du-Loppet:

  • Trail Running Section: 6K
  • Mountain Biking Section: 12K

Sections will not connect, but rather will be an independent loops. Each section’s start line and finish line will be nearby one another for easy logistics.

Open Course

The Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet will take place on open courses, meaning they will not be closed to exclude other trail users: hikers, bikers, and runners. We will design the course to permit good social distancing by all, though responsibility will also lie with participants to be courteous, thoughtful, and to maintain social distance.

Course Map

Course design will be subject to natural environmental factors, such as flooding. As such the course map may not be released until the week prior to the event.

  • Friday, July 10: Interval start sign up goes live.
  • Friday, July 17, noon: Event period begins.
  • Monday, July 20, 8pm: Result upload deadline.

All finishers will receive a digital finishers certificate.

Swag Bag

A Five-Liter Waterproof Dry Gear Bag (with some other safe social distancing goodies included) will be delivered to all racers that sign up by Tuesday, June 23. People will be able to purchase a bag after that date for $20 while supplies last.


T-Shirts with teh 2020 Tri Loppet & Du Loppet logo will be available for purchase through Monday, June 29. Many thanks to Duffy for their gift of design work.


In 2020, lucky participants of the Tri Loppet & Du Loppet CityTrail Loppet will be heading home with top quality Coffee courtesy of local company Donkey Label.

But this year will be different from previous Tri-Loppets with regard just who is taking home the bounty. This year’s event celebrates first and foremost getting outside and active, so winning awards does not necessitate finishing at the front of the (virtual) pack. Stay tuned to this page and to the Loppet Foundation’s social media so you can be the first to learn what challenges are out there for you to win awards.

Start Reservations

In the week prior to the Tri-Loppet and Du-Loppet we will provide instructions for making individual / family start time reservations here.

Results Recording

In the week prior to the Tri-Loppet and Du-Loppet we will provide instructions for recording your event segment results here.

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2006 Results

Join the Adventure!

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

Major Sponsors

Media Sponsors

Gold 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.

Please e-mail volunteer@loppet.org for more info.

Paddling Partners

Paddle with one of the youth on the Jr. Loppet middle school teams! Kids ages 11-14 need paddling partners for the paddling portion of the Tri-Loppet triathlon. Free entry granted to the first 10 to sign up. Rental canoes may be provided but are in short supply so if you own a canoe, please use your own. Please contact volunteer@loppet.org for more information.

The Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422