Saturday, July 18, 2020

Tri-Loppet

Off Road Triathlon
Paddle + Trail Run + Mountain Bike

Thanks to all the participants, volunteers and spectators! We look forward to seeing you at the Tri-Loppet in 2020. Please check back for open registration.


The Tri-Loppet is a point to point triathlon using the Chain of Lakes and trails in Theodore Wirth Park. Paddle 7K, run 5.5K and mountain bike 13K – all in the heart of the city. Put your skills to the test in this ultimate summer celebration!

Registration Closed

 StatusThrough 4/24/2019Through 5/29/2019Through 6/27/2019Through 7/17/2019
Tri-Loppet Off-Road Triathlon: IndividualClosed$60$65$70$80
Tri-Loppet Off-Road Triathlon: RelayClosed$115$125$130$140
Standard Canoe RentalClosed$40$40$40$40
Solo Kayak RentalClosed$40$40$40$40
Tandem Kayak RentalClosed$50$50$50$50
Paddle PartnerClosed$20$20$20$20

ANY AND ALL participants in the Tri-Loppet must register, sign a waiver, and pay to participate. This includes Paddle Partners (a participant helping an Individual participant to paddle a canoe or tandem kayak and is NOT continuing on to any other part of the race). Any participant in a tandem boat with an unregistered partner will be disqualified from the event.

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.

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Course Marking

Races in the woods and on trails require that the athletes stay focused – part of the event is staying on course. We cannot use permanent markings like paint in the park, so the course is marked with blue ribbons, blue arrows, and flour lines. And we have a great team of volunteer course marshals along the way. Please be mindful and watch for course markings along the way. Participants who miss portions of the course may be disqualified.

Course Description

Paddling Leg – 7K

  • From the start at Bde Maka Ska North Beach, the course heads around two buoys on the south end of the lake before turning north to the channel to Isles. On Isles, paddlers go around the big island and then head to the Kenilworth Channel. Paddlers then turn left to go around two buoys on the south end of the lake before turning north to the tunnel to Brownie Lake. The tunnel is narrow and requires boats to be single file. The paddle finish is on the north end of Brownie and you may use either of the two landings (2019 note: concrete ledges at both Brownie takeouts are hidden by high water. Approach shore with care).
  • SUPs: note that your course goes straight from North Beach to the channel and does not go to the south end of Bde Maka Ska. This puts you in the main pack for the rest of the race.
  • Note that weather conditions will be closely monitored and course adjustments may be necessary, e.g. high winds.
  • The start is self-seeded. Slower boats/paddlers should start toward the back. The race will not start until all boats are behind the start line.
  • All paddlers are required to report to the start area for an 8:30 a.m. meeting to discuss the course, safety and any last-minute changes.
  • All paddlers must have Personal Flotation Devices in the boat and are advised to wear them. Paddlers 14 and under must wear a PFD.

Paddle-Run Transition

  • Paddlers will be required to remove their canoe from the water and portage their boat a short distance (about 50’). Once the boat is across the transition/timing line, it can be left. Volunteers will move the boats into the boat corral area for later pickup. Paddlers continuing on the run may start running as soon as the boat is across the line. For relays, the timing chip may be transferred to the runner as soon as the boat is across the line.
  • Any materials participants want at this transition must be brought in their canoe, e.g. running hat, running shoes usually worn in the boat, etc.
  • An aid station will be at the top of the hill before crossing 394. The aid station will include energy drink and water.
  • You are responsible for picking up your own boat after the race except for boats rented from Wheel Fun through Loppet registration (we transport those rental boats for you). The boat corral area will be monitored until 2:00PM after which all responsibility falls on the racer.

Run Leg – 5.5K

  • Brownie Lake to The Trailhead. The run course is a mixture of dirt, grass, and asphalt trails through the park.
  • The course is marked with blue signs, blue arrows and flour lines.
  • There are four road crossings. Please use good judgement and listen to the police and course marshals.
  • Near the 55 underpass, the run and bike course share the path. Runners stay to the left, bikers to the right.
  • There will be an aid station with water and gatorade just past the Hwy 55 underpass.
  • Keep in mind that the Tri-Loppet shares the park with other activities. Please be respectful of other park users.

Run-Bike Transition

  • Participants may place their bike and other gear (e.g. post-race needs in a small bag) in the transition area at The Trailhead north parking lot starting at 7AM race morning. Please hang bikes by the saddle and alternate sides. Make note of which row you racked your bike so you know how to find it.
  • Relays will have designated racks. The timing chip handoff must occur at the racks, not outside the transition area. The chip must be on the biker’s left ankle before they leave the transition area.
  • There will be an aid station with water and gatorade for runners  just before crossing Wirth Parkway to the transition area at The Trailhead.
  • No riding is allowed in the transition area. You may mount your bike once you are outside of the transition area and have crossed the timing mat.

Bike Leg – 13K

  • A mix of dirt singletrack, blacktop and gravel/grass trails. The majority of the riding is appropriate for beginner-level mountain bikers..
  • The bike starts down the alley behind the Trailhead, up the “back yard valley” and on to the Area 36 Trail. These trails are designed specifically for event use. They are wider than typical mountain bike trails and generally do not have rocks, roots or obstacles. However, they are physically challenging, with some bigger climbs.
  • From Area 36, riders follow the paved bike path past the Chalet to the flatter trails in the Conundrum trail section (skipping the big switchback climbs). They then cross Bassett Creek and ride the new 45 North trail section (if conditions allow) before crossing Wirth Parkway and heading toward Hwy 55 along Tornado Alley. A short loop on the south side of 55 and riders come back to the Luce Line and head back toward Theo Wirth Parkway. Expect a few fun “bumpout” trails along Tornado Alley and the Luce Line. Be aware that runners and bikers share the path from the 55 overpass to Theo Wirth Pkwy. Bikers please stay right. Finally, the course finishes with a trip west toward the Twin Lake Trails and then back to the finish along the edge of the Par 3 Golf Course.
  • In wet conditions the bike course may be altered.
  • Pass with care. Generally, alerting the slower rider by saying “on your left” or “on your right” is appropriate.
  • There are two road crossings in the bike section of the course. Police officers will be controlling traffic. However, bicycle riders are still expected to use good judgment in crossing the roads.
  • All bikers must wear helmets while riding.
  • Bikers should proceed with caution, be respectful and ride under control at all times. Reckless riding that endangers other riders, runners or other park users may lead to disqualification.

Finish

  • The finish area is located in Lower Stadium near The Trailhead.
  • After completing the course, participants may store their bicycles in the secured bicycle area until 2PM. Please be respectful of participants that are still racing and give them right of way.
  • Post-race refreshments including energy drink, water, and rolls will be provided.

* While Police Officers will be at all race road crossings, we want athletes to know that the roads will not be completely shut down to traffic. Athletes must follow instructions from Police Officers and always give right of way to emergency vehicles.

Boat Classes

  1. Race Canoe/Kayak: Generally narrow and longer than 18.5 feet.
  2. General Canoe/Kayak: All other stock/recreational boats. These are much more common at Loppet events and include models such as Minnesota 
  3. Stand Up Paddleboard. Note that SUPs do a shortened course (from North Beach straight to the channel instead of going to the south end of Bde Maka Ska). This allows SUPs to join in the main pack of the race.

If you have questions about your boat such as distinguishing between a race boat and a general class boat or if you rented a boat, please refer to our FAQ. Find more information about rental boats in FAQ.

Boat Rentals

If you need to rent a boat, you can do so when you register. PFDs and paddles are included. Boats are limited so first come first serve. Standard tandem aluminum canoes and one-person/two-person kayaks are available. Rental boats are picked up on the morning of the event at Wheel Fun Rentals located at the northeast corner of Bde Maka Ska. Racers must pick up boats before 8:00 a.m. to have enough time to paddle to the start and attend the mandatory 8:30 a.m. paddlers meeting. Those who rent through the Loppet do not need to pick the boats up after the event; they are returned to Bde Maka Ska by the Surly Gives a Damn volunteer team. (Go Surly!). Rentals are also available from REI and Hoigaard’s.

Award Categories

All paddlers in your boat must be registered for the Tri-Loppet in order to qualify for awards.

  1. Individuals: Participants completing entire race
    1. General Canoe/Kayak:
      1. Overall top 3 men and women. Includes prize money(!): 1st-$500, 2nd-$250, 3rd-$100. Also receive a locally crafted award.
      2. Top 3 Men and Women Age Group Awards (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, etc.) will receive commemorative medals.
    2. Race Canoe/Kayak: No age group breakdown. Top 3 men and women receive commemorative medals.
    3. SUP: No age group breakdown. Top 3 men and women receive commemorative medals.
    4. Youth (all 19 and under): Ribbons for all youth participants.
  2. Relays: May be comprised of 2-4 people (2 paddlers, 1 biker, 1 runner) and may use any class of boat. First three relays in each category will receive medals. During registration, relays must pick only one of the following race categories.
    1. Female: All relay members are female.
    2. Male: All relay members are male.
    3. Mixed: Relay members must include at least one female and one male.
    4. Family: Members identify as being from the same family.
    5. Corporate: All relay members must work for the same company.
  3. Door Prizes: Will be given out at the awards ceremony. You must be present to win.

For those not able to pick up their awards on the day of the event, awards will be kept for one month at the Trailhead to be picked up from customer service during open hours.

Packet pickup and last-chance registration is at The Trailhead (1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55422).

  • Thursday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM:
    Early packet pickup and last-minute registration
  • Friday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM:
    Early packet pickup and last-minute registration
  • Saturday from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM:
    Last-minute packet pickup (strongly discouraged in case there are issues to be resolved)

There is no day-of registration available, and packets WILL NOT be brought to the start line at Bde Maka Ska. The last chance to register is in-person at the Trailhead on Friday.

It is highly recommended to pick up your bib on Thursday or Friday. This will allow for an opportunity to correct any errors and to place the race numbers in the proper locations (on the bike, boat and jersey).

Schedule

  • 7:00 a.m. – Race-day packet pickup opens – The Trailhead (same location as bike drop-off)
  • 7:00 a.m. – Transition area opens at The Trailhead (must pick up packet before dropping off bike in order to have proper number on bike)
  • 8:00 a.m. – Race-day packet pickup closes
  • 8:30 a.m. – Paddlers mandatory meeting
  • 9:00 a.m. – Race start – Canoes and kayaks mass start
  • 9:05 a.m. – Shuttle bus leaves – drop offs at Brownie Lake and The Trailhead
  • 9:15 a.m. – Race start – Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) start
  • 10:30 a.m. – Post race party begins
  • 11:30 a.m. – No more bicyclists may start biking after this time
  • 11:00 a.m. – Shuttle buses begin trips to the Executive Center via Brownie Lake.  Buses run until 2 p.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. – Awards – The Trailhead
  • 12:30 p.m. – Course closed, any participants remaining on course must provide timing chip to course officials
  • 2:00 p.m. – Bicycle and canoe secured areas close, shuttle bus service stops

Boat & Bike Transportation

Boats:

Participants are responsible for transporting their own boats, including dropping boats off at the start area (there will be no security at the start area – participants are responsible for their own equipment). After the paddling is completed, the boats will be placed in a secured area (which means someone will be watching them), which will be secured until 2 p.m. Participants who fail to pick up their boat by 2 p.m. will be responsible for any loss or damage. Participants using rental boats do not need to transport their boats. After the event rental boats will be transported by Tri-Loppet volunteers.

Bicycles:

Participants are responsible for transporting their own bicycles, including dropping bicycles off at the run-bike transition area. Bicycles must be placed in the secured pen at the run-bike transition area. The pen will be open from 7 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. for drop-off. After the biking is completed, the bicycles may be placed back in the secured pen, which will be secured until 2 p.m. Participants who fail to pick up their bicycle by 2 p.m. will be responsible for any loss or damage. Participants must have the small tear-off number tag that matches their race number affixed to their bike (with a twist or zip tie) in order to pick up their bike after the race.

How the Day Rolls 

  • Drive to The Trailhead.
  • Pick up your packet at The Trailhead if you did not pick them up on Thursday or Friday.
  • Make sure that you have a race number affixed to your bike and shirt. There will also be a number for your boat in your packet.  Place your timing chip around your left ankle. (For those participating on a relay: the timing chip goes on the ankle of one of the paddlers. The paddler must cross the timing line at Brownie Lake after completing the paddle and then pass the timing chip to the runner. Similarly, the runner passes the timing chip to the biker at the end of the run and the biker places the chip on their left ankle).
  • Leave your bike in the transition area.  Transition area opens at 7am for drop-off.  Take note of which row you parked your bike in.  Relays will have designated racks.
  • Drive to North Beach to drop off your boat.  Note that there is no official parking at the North Beach unless you purchase a permit.
  • Drive to the Executive Center parking lot, park your car and walk back to North Beach.  The shuttle bus will return to the Executive Center after the race, not North Beach.  Ensure you have put your boat number on the bow of your boat.
  • Attend the mandatory 8:30am paddlers meeting at North Beach.
  • After the event, you may place your bike back in the transition area. Please be courteous and give the right of way to racers in the transition area.  The transition area will be monitored until 2 p.m.
  • Water, energy drink, and Great Harvest bread-rolls will be available for participants at the finish. Surly Brewing Co. beer and finish line food will be available.
  • To return to your vehicle after the event, either bicycle back to the Executive Center or take the shuttle bus.

There are split times for the three individual segments of the event. Timing mats will be located at the paddle-run transition at Brownie; at the run-bike transition near The Trailhead and at the finish line.

Timing chips must be worn on the left ankle of each competitor to be read by the timing mats.

Timing chips must be returned after the event. Participants who do not return their timing chips will be charged $150 for a lost timing chip.

Relays will be provided with one timing chip per relay. One of the paddlers must wear the timing chip on her or his ankle (the timing chips attach with a Velcro strap). After the team boat is past the boat portage line (about 50’ out of the water), the timing chip must be transferred to the ankle of the runner. As soon as the chip is transferred the runner may begin running. Similarly, after the run, the team runner must transfer the timing chip to the left ankle of the biker. As soon as the chip is transferred, the biker may begin racing (there is no biking allowed in the transition area – biking may only begin after the biker has walked the bike out of the transition area).

Tri-Loppet Parking

There is no free parking at the start area! Parking is in the Calhoun Executive Center’s lot at the corner of Calhoun Parkway and Excelsior Boulevard (the Executive Center has a sailboat on the roof). Participants and spectators are strongly encouraged to park at the Calhoun Executive Center, just across the parkway from the north end start area.

Spectators may find that bicycling is the best way to watch the race. An extensive system of parkways runs adjacent to most of the course. (See http://www.minneapolisparks.org for more information).

Shuttle Schedule

At 9:05 a.m. a shuttle bus will carry spectators and participants from the start at Bde Maka Ska to Brownie Lake and will drop off at the roundabout in front of the Wirth Chalet.

From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. the shuttle bus will run between Brownie Lake and will drop off at the roundabout in front of the Wirth Chalet.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the shuttle bus will run between the Wirth Chalet, Brownie Lake and the Executive Center. There will only be one or two shuttle buses so participants in a rush should make other arrangements.

*The bus can not turn around at The Trailhead – it will drop off/pick up at the Wirth Chalet.

Can I get more information about the boat classes?

  1. General category: Includes most royalex and aluminum canoes and kayaks, all stand-up paddleboards and some kevlar boats – like MNIIs or Jensen 18s. General category boats have minimal concave lines in the hull and no concave lines in the gunwales. Maximum length is 18′ 6”, no minimum weight. Minimum width at 4” waterline is 15 percent of length (33 5/16” for 18’6”). Tumblehome max is 1” per side. Two person canoes that specifically meet the General Class criteria include: Wenonah: Jensen 17, Jensen 18, Sundowner, Minnesota II, Monarch, Odyssey, Escape, and Escapade; Mad River Lamoille, Horizon.; Bell Canoe Works Northstar, Northwind, and Northwoods; Savage River Works Susquehanna.
  2. All stand up paddle boards are allowed.
  3. Race Boats: Built for racing and tend to be long and very tippy. Includes race canoes, race kayaks and surf skis. If you are unsure/concerned about it, bring your boat to Hoigaard’s before the race.

Where can I rent a boat?

If you need to rent a boat, you can do so when you register. PFDs and paddles are included. Boats are limited so first come first serve. Standard tandem aluminum canoes and 1/2-person kayaks are available. Rental boats are picked up on the morning of the event at Wheel Fun Rentals at the northeast corner of Bde Maka Ska. Racers must pick up boats before 8:00AM to have enough time to paddle to the start and attend the mandatory 8:30AM paddlers meeting. Those who rent through the Loppet do not need to pick the boats up after the event; they are returned to Bde Maka Ska by the Surly Gives a Damn volunteer team. (Go Surly!). Rentals are also available from REI and Hoigaard’s.

What is your race day advice for equipment drop-offs and logistics on race morning?

  • Drive to The Trailhead.
  • Pick up your packet at The Trailhead if you did not pick them up on Thursday or Friday.
  • Make sure that you have a race number affixed to your bike and shirt. There will also be a number for your boat in your packet.  Place your timing chip around your left ankle. (For those participating on a relay: the timing chip goes on the ankle of one of the paddlers. The paddler must cross the timing line at Brownie Lake after completing the paddle and then pass the timing chip to the runner. Similarly, the runner passes the timing chip to the biker at the end of the run and the biker places the chip on their left ankle).
  • Leave your bike in the transition area.  Transition area opens at 7am for drop-off.  Take note of which row you parked your bike in.  Relays will have designated racks.
  • Drive to North Beach to drop off your boat.  Note that there is no official parking at the North Beach unless you purchase a permit.
  • Drive to the Executive Center parking lot, park your car and walk back to North Beach.  The shuttle bus will return to the Executive Center after the race, not North Beach.  Ensure you have put your boat number on the bow of your boat.
  • Attend the mandatory 8:30am paddlers meeting at North Beach.
  • After the event, you may place your bike back in the transition area. Please be courteous and give the right of way to racers in the transition area.  The transition area will be monitored until 2 p.m.
  • Water, energy drink, and Great Harvest bread-rolls will be available for participants at the finish. Surly Brewing Co. beer and finish line food will be available.
  • To return to your vehicle after the event, either bicycle back to the Executive Center or take the shuttle bus.

I am on a relay team. How do I get from the end of the paddle at Brownie Lake to the start of the bike?

An event shuttle will be running from Brownie Lake to The Trailhead for spectators and racers between 9:30 and 11am. Those who are both paddling and biking but not running will need to get themselves from the end of the paddle to The Trailhead. Options are leaving a bike or car at Brownie (note that there is no pen for bikes, this would be at your own risk), having a friend drive you, or walking or jogging along the bike path adjacent to Wirth Parkway – about 1.5 miles.

Can I leave water or shoes at the Brownie transition?

No. The best bet is to bring water in the boat. Most paddle in their running shoes rather than spending time changing shoes after the paddle.

Will my boat be safe at Brownie Lake?

We have attendants at Brownie until 2 p.m. If your boat is still there after 2 p.m. you are on your own.

Note that we are not responsible for valuables left in the boat. We will do our best to monitor – but probably not a good idea to leave your wallet or the like in the boat.

Can I leave my bike in the transition area after the race?

Yes. We encourage you to enjoy the post-race atmosphere. Music provided by Go96. Surly Beer (first one is on us!) and food from Cajun Twist will be available for sale so stick some cash and your ID in the pocket of your running shorts.  Also, get ready to give log rolling a try!

Other questions?

Please email (info@loppet.org) or call the Loppet with other questions: 612-604-5330

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Please contact the Loppet Foundation Sponsorship Manager:
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Volunteer: Volunteers are needed throughout the weekend for set up, help with packet pickup/registration, mark the course, course marshal to keep participants safe and on course, aid stations (a great place to volunteer with friends!), finish line assistance, and clean up!

Race and Volunteer: Experience the best of both worlds! Help with set up, packet pickup/registration or clean up and earn yourself a free beer and hot dog when you finish racing!

Seeking Leads: If your interested in taking your volunteering to the next level we are seeking leaders to lead our volunteers. Please contact volunteer@loppet.org.

All Volunteers receive a Loppet Swag, Surly beer, hot dog and a big thank you!

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. Pairing with a youth is not guaranteed (we’re talking middles schoolers here – difficult to wake them up on a Sunday!). Rental canoes may be provided but are in short supply so if you own a canoe and love adventure this is the volunteer position for you! please contact Volunteer coordinator for more information: volunteer@loppet.org Wheel Fun – Lake Calhoun sign up Meet your paddle partner at Wheel Fun boat rental on Lake Calhoun, rental canoes may be provided, please let Loppet Volunteer Coordinator know if you prefer to use your own canoe. e-mail: volunteer@loppet.org