July 17 - 19, 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 prairies 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 beginner outdoor enthusiasts 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, enabling 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 of the year, following the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival marathon events and Sitka Salmon Shares CityTrail Loppet and preceding this fall’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 else, they will be posted here.

  • 7/20/20: We are working with our event timer MTEC to get all the results posted here. We have extended the results submission deadline to noon on Tuesday, July 21. The link to submit your time was emailed to you by MTEC. If you have any issues relating to results, please fill out this MTEC form for assistance.

The Loppet Foundation, in partnership with Wheel Fun Rentals, is offering canoe, as well as solo and tandem kayak, rentals on a scheduled basis. If you would like to rent a boat to use for your race on Saturday or Sunday, please select the type of boat you wish to rent during the registration process. If you have already registered and wish to rent a boat, you can do so by going back through the registration process and selecting only a boat rental ticket.

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

Please e-mail Paul Johnson at johnson@loppet.org for volunteer opportunities.

Safety First

In 2020 the Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet is 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.

This year, our central goal is to get people outside and active in a way that principally rewards participation and does not encourage behavior that could put our community at risk. While you should prepare well, train hard, and perform at your best, the most important goal is to stay safe and keep others safe while out on the water and trails. In 2020, there will be prizes for “Middle of the Pack” athletes and daily social media awards, in addition to the normal “Top Finisher” awards.

  • Please respect your fellow participants and water/trail-users by wearing a mask when you are on site but not in action. In addition, aim to arrive at the start location just minutes before your scheduled start time (allow a bit more time for the paddle).
  • Make sure to get some photos to submit for our social media contests but try not to linger at the finish so everyone can maintain safe distancing.

The following non-Coronavirus safety rules are still in effect:

  • 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 Sections

In place of a single unbroken multi-sport event, the Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet will consist of independent course sections. Participants may complete the trail running and mountain biking (Du) or trail running, mountain biking, and paddling (Tri) sections on a single day or complete them across multiple days.

Individual Start Times

Participants must sign up for an individual interval start time for each course section of the event and complete each segment only at their chosen time; this allows us to make sure we can maintain safe social distancing for everyone — participants and public users of the waterways and trails alike.

Participants are asked to arrive only shortly before their start time and to depart shortly thereafter so that all participants can practice good social distancing. Please see the “Interval Start & Reporting Results” section below for more information.

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 with their own watch, phone, etc. and reporting their result via our online result reporting portal. 

You will receive a personalized results reporting link directly from our timing partner, Mtec, shortly before the start of the event. To avoid confusion or potential duplication of results reporting, relay team reporting links will go out ONLY to the team captain, and the captain will be responsible for collecting and reporting all leg times. 

Compete Multiple Times

Participants may complete the courses multiple times over the course of the event period. Unlike the CityTrail Loppet, there will not be an award for completing the course the most number of times.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you choose to do any of the three legs more than once, please report ONLY the time you want counted for scoring. We will only accept the latest time reported for any given leg, and cannot edit submissions or recover previously submitted times if they have been overwritten by a later submission.


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

Course Distances and Descriptions

There will be three sections in the Tri-Loppet: Paddling, Trail Running and Mountain Biking. The Du-Loppet includes only the Trail Running and Mountain Biking sections

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

The land courses will be marked with blue tape, blue arrows, Kilometer signs, and wrong way signs.

Paddle – 7K (Tri-Loppet only)

From Thomas Beach on Bde Maka Ska to the Cedar Lake peninsula.

  • Start/Finish: Thomas Beach (south end of Bde Maka Ska)
  • Course Note: Out and back from Thomas Beach to Cedar Lake (look for a buoy at the tip of the peninsula that is straight out from Kenilworth Channel. You must go around the buoy. Please look at the course map. There are no course markings along the way and not the usual fleet of other boats to follow.
  • Parking: The parking lot is closed and traffic is one-way on W Bde Maka Ska Pkwy (southbound from Lake St to Richfield Rd). You will need to park on neighborhood streets (Upton, Thomas, Vincent) and carry your boat to the beach.
  • Distancing Start Intervals: Up to six boats will be started together at the same time. Each group will start 15 minutes apart.
  • Paddle times are Saturday and Sunday ONLY from 6:30am-10am.
  • If you rented a boat, it will be in the Thomas Beach parking lot ready for you. Please return it to the cleaning station by the boat trailer when you are done, as we will need to ready it for the next group. If you are renting a boat and have not yet signed up for a paddle start time, please contact registration@loppet.org for the link. DO NOT use the sign-up link posted, as that is only for those using their own boats.
  • Athletes only in the start corral, and only within 10 minutes of your scheduled start time. Please try to arrive at Thomas Beach no earlier than 10 min before your start time to allow for proper social distancing.

Trail Run – 5K

Start on the NE corner of Theo Wirth Pkwy and Hwy 55 and run the Luce Line along Bassett Creek, around Wirth Lake and finish through the woods by Jar Hill on the SE corner of TWP/55.

  • Start/Finish: Start on the NE corner of Theo Wirth Pkwy and Hwy 55 (look for the big Start flag). Finish on the SE corner.
  • Course Note: Follows the Luce Line (with cool trail “bumpouts” along the way) and then around Wirth Lake finishing on the Jar Hill trails. Follow blue tape and arrows and heed flour/chalk markings and wrong way signs.
  • Parking: Park at the Trailhead, Mortenson, Wirth Beach or in the neighborhood SW of the Theo Wirth Pkwy/Hwy 55 corner.
  • Distancing Start Intervals: 5 min
  • Run times are Fri-Sun, 6:30am-8pm

Mountain Bike – 10K

Three laps of Area 36 (closed to public during published race times). Park at the Trailhead.

  • Start/Finish: Lower Stadium, Trailhead
  • Course Note: Start staging in Lower Stadium, three laps of Area 36, trail closed to public during race time. Follow blue tape and arrows though you basically stay on the Area 36 trail the entire lap.
  • Parking: Trailhead or Mortenson
  • Distancing Start Intervals: 4 minutes. Wait in Lower Stadium by a distancing cone until 2 min before your start time and then step up to the start flag. A race clock with time of day will be the standard start clock.
  • Bike times are Fri-Sun, 3:00pm-8:00pm

Open vs. Closed Courses

The paddling and trail running sections of the Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet will take place on open courses, meaning they will not be closed to the public to exclude trail users from outside the event. Therefore, the courses may have other hikers and runners from the community using them. That said, we have designed the courses to permit good social distancing, though responsibility will ultimately lie with participants to be courteous, thoughtful, and maintain good social distancing. Those runners who would like to encounter fewer other users on the trail are encouraged to choose start times at low trail use times.

The current plan is for the mountain bike course to be on our Area 36 trails and we will close those trails to the public during the published bike start times, meaning the only trail users will be those participating in the Tri-Loppet & Du-Loppet.

Course Map

Course design will be subject to natural environmental factors, such as flooding. As such the final course map may not be released until the week prior to the event. Here is a tentative Tri/Du Google Map. Hint: zoom in on the beach area to also get a sense of the beach layout.

Feedback and Race Assistance

With no aid stations or course marshals, please consider putting our Race Assistance number in your phone and carrying your phone on the trail: 628-245-5105 (a google voice number that forwards calls and messages to race staff).

We will have course checkers out each morning before the first participants to check on all the course markings. However, we can’t control all the wily foxes and beavers that take our arrows and tape for their own parties.

If you happen upon an area where it seems like signs or tape are missing or incorrect, please contact Paul Johnson, johnson@loppet.org, or the race assistance number above.

The paddling course for the Tri-Loppet will only be open Saturday and Sunday.

  • Friday, July 10: Interval start sign up goes live (see Start Reservations below)
  • Friday, July 17: Start Windows…
    • Run: 6:30am-8pm
    • Bike: 3pm-8pm
  • Saturday, July 18: Start Windows…
    • Paddle: 6:30am-10am
    • Run: 6:30am-8pm
    • Bike: 3pm-8pm
  • Sunday, July 19: Start Windows…
    • Paddle: 6:30am-10am
    • Run: 6:30am-8pm
    • Bike: 3pm-8pm
  • Tuesday, July 21, 12pm (noon): Result upload deadline.

Start Reservations

Sign up times are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Please sign up for just one start at first, and reserve a second only after you’ve done that segment once. If you plan to start the course with someone within your household, you will only need to sign up for one time, with the exception of the bike; the trails easily become crowded, so please only one biker per start time. Please stick to your sign-up time and start promptly at the beginning of your official time slot to insure maximum amount of social distancing for everyone.

You will need to enter the access code Donkey for each sign-up page below. If you are sharing a boat for the paddle section, please enter the first and last name of the person with whom you are paddling in the “Comment” box so we can track that (and make sure to communicate with them so you don’t sign up twice). Please make sure you use the correct Paddle sign-up link if you have a rental boat.

If you need to change your reserved start time, please go to the confirmation email you received from SignUpGenius and locate and click the link titled “Edit My SignUp”. In order to change your reservation time, you will need to delete this reservation (using the “Delete” button, then confirm with “YES – DELETE” – you do not need to notify the organizer) and go back to the main sign-up page for the day you want and choose a new time. If you simply need to edit your name or comment, you can do that with the same link, and save your changes with the “Update my Sign Up” button.

Results Recording

The link to the Mtec results reporting portal will be emailed to you shortly before the start of the event, or once you have registered for the event (if you register after July 17). Please ensure that the email with which you registered will be accessible to you at the start of the event or when you register.

To avoid confusion or potential duplication of results reporting, relay team reporting links will go out ONLY to the team captain, and the captain will be responsible for collecting and reporting all leg times. 

You can run the course and submit results as many times as you want. Please use the same submittal link you were emailed to submit each result, being sure to enter your time in the correct format (as shown on the submission box, including the colons). If you submit multiple finish times, your most recent result will be returned if you search for yourself on the results page during the race and will be used to score your race; therefore, you should only report another time if it is faster than your previous time. We cannot recover previously submitted times or edit your time once it has overwritten a previous time.

If you have any issues relating to results, please fill out this MTEC form for assistance. Mtec can get you support more quickly than an email to the Loppet can.

What is the Loppet doing to make the event safe?

We are continually consulting with Minneapolis Parks and the Minnesota Department of Health. This race format has been designed to enable outdoor enthusiasts to have a great experience while keeping themselves and our community safe. All in all, this means race swag / awards delivered directly to homes, facilitating socially distant starts, creating an event that can be completed over the multiple days, and celebrating non-competitive participation so that nobody is incentivized to infringe personal space for sake of a faster time.

The Minnesota Department of Health also suggests “maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routines to help your immune system and mental health, and spending spending time in nature while adhering to social distancing guidelines” to reduce COVID-19 stress.

What is proper trail etiquette during this time?

With regard trail ettiquette, the Loppet Foundation’s advice is directed by guidance from the Minneapolis Parks Board, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.

The Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health advise that trail users stay at least 6 feet away from one another to protect themselves and others. Please pay attention to where others are and be courteous if someone is trying to get by you or you are trying to move past someone else on the trail.

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board recommendations:

  • Do not visit parks or trails if you feel sick. This includes fever, body aches, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose and sore throat.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from other park users not part of your household.
  • Wash your hands immediately before and after visiting a park.
  • Do not hang out at the park all day. Visit to walk, bike or roll, then return home.
  • Do not carpool to the park with people outside of your current living situation or meet them at the park to run together.
  • Do not travel to the park from outside the Twin Cities.
  • If you have allergies, carry tissues with you (and properly dispose of them after your race) and if you must cough, do so into your elbow, not your hand.
  • Consider wearing sunglasses while running to protect your eyes from stray droplets from others.
Photo from Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Will there be Aid Stations or Finish Line Festivities?

No. So as to not facilitate social gathering there will be no aid stations, start line, or finish line festivities. Given that, you may want to carry/stash your own water and nutrition.

Can I listen to music while I participate?

Many athletes like to crank the tunes to keep them motivated. However due to everyone needing to be more aware of their surroundings during COVID-19, we ask that you use open-ear headphones (like AfterShokz) if you choose to listen to music or keep your volume low enough that you can hear if another runner or biker is in the vicinity looking to safely pass by you. If you can’t hear what is going around you, you cannot effectively communicate with others.

What about snot-rockets?

As gross as it may sound, spit and snot etiquette is currently a hot topic in the running community during the height of COVID-19. For a full article from Runner’s World on to spit or not to spit while running, click here.

All finishers will receive a digital finishers certificate.

Have a Beer on Us!

Grab your well earned Surly Brewing Co. beer or a delicious root beer from Mill Valley Market at The Trailhead (open 8am-8pm daily). Watch for a digital coupon that will be included in next week’s participant email and in the Virtual Race Bag. (Complimentary beer coupon is good Friday, July 17th – Sunday, July 19th. One beer per participant- honor system please.)

Swag Bag

A Ten-Liter Waterproof Dry Gear Bag (with some other safe social distancing goodies included) will be delivered to all racers that signed up by Friday, July 3rd. People are able to purchase a bag after then using the registration portal for $20 while supplies last.


We are so excited to partner with a local company, Donkey Label,  to provide coffee for awards and prizes. This year’s awards focus on  being outside and active, rather than being the fastest (e.g. the Middle-of-the-Pack Award).  Please see below for details on award categories. Awards will be delivered to the recipient’s doorstep (or mailed if you live outside the metro) about a week from the last day of the event.

Share your experience on social media, and be eligible to win coffee!  We will award prizes each day for the best post on each section of the course.  Keep an eye out for great photo opportunities on the course- at the start/finish areas of each section, and some surprises along the way!

Social Media Prizes: 

After each day that the course is open, we will pick three of the event posts (one from the paddling course, one from the running course, and one from the biking course) shared on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter from the day before, and the participants who posted them will be awarded Donkey Label Coffee! 

We will be adding photos here throughout the weekend. If you do not see your photo in the Facebook album within 24 hours of posting it to social media, please email marketing@loppet.org as we may not be able to view your photos due to your account’s privacy settings.

*Use both #TriLoppet and #DuLoppet to win. Please make sure your account is public, or tag the Loppet Foundation in your photo so we can see your masterpieces!

Tri-Loppet Individual Awards: Participants completing all three sections of the race. All paddlers in your boat must be registered for the Tri-Loppet in order to qualify for awards.

  • Overall Top 3 Male and Female: Receive 1 lb of Donkey Label Coffee
  • Top 3 Male and Female Age Group Awards (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, … 70+): Receive ½ lb of Donkey Label Coffee
  • “Middle of the Pack” Male and Female (The two individuals who are lucky enough to finish in the dead center of their respective field): Receive 1 lb of Donkey Label Coffee.

Du-Loppet Individual Awards: Participants completing only the running and biking sections of the race.

  • Overall Top 3 Male and Female: Receive 1 lb of Donkey Label Coffee
  • Top 3 Male and Female Age Group Awards (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, … 70+): Receive ½ lb of Donkey Label Coffee
  • “Middle of the Pack” Male and Female (The two individuals who are lucky enough to finish in the dead center of their respective field): Receive 1 lb of Donkey Label Coffee.

Tri-Loppet Relays: May be composed of 2-4 people (up to 2 paddlers, 1 biker, 1 runner). The first-place relay teams in each category below will receive 1 lb of Donkey Label Coffee for each team member. During registration, relay teams must pick only one of the following race categories.

  • Female: All relay team members are female.
  • Male: All relay team members are male.
  • Mixed: Relay team members include at least one female and one male.

Du-Loppet Relays: Comprised of 2 people (1 biker, 1 runner). The first-place relay team in each category below will receive 1 lb of Donkey Label Coffee. During registration, relays must pick only one of the following race categories.

  • Female: All relay team members are female.
  • Male: All relay team members are male.
  • Mixed: Relay team members include at least one female and one male.





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