Sunday, March 1, 2020

Loppet Winter Triathlon

Ski + Bike + Run
USA Triathlon Winter National Championship

Link to the Loppet Winter Triathlon Three Days Out Racer Email

We are excited to announce that the Loppet Winter Triathlon will serve as the USA Triathlon 2020 Winter Triathlon National Championship. This will be the fifth year the race will be held in the Twin Cities (formerly in St. Paul as the King Boreas Winter Triathlon). Hosting the event at the world class trails of Theodore Wirth Park ensures viable trails into March with over 6K of ski trails with machine-made snow. The Trailhead will serve as the race site. A triathlon relay option will also be available (not part of the national championship).

We strongly encourage the use of fat bikes for the bike leg of the triathlon. Other bikes will be allowed, but please realize that our ski trails can have a greater than 2-foot base. If the weather is warm and even just the top layer becomes soft, narrower tires may be almost impossible to ride. You can rent fat bikes at NOW Sports.

A USA Triathlon license (annual or one-day) is required for this event. If you do not have an annual license, you will be required to purchase a single day license for $15 during registration. Note that each relay team member needs their own annual or single day license. To purchase an annual license, please visit USA Triathlon.

Register Now!
 Starting December 16Starting Feb 1Starting February 15

Online registration closes at 11:59pm on the Thursday before the race. There will be no race day registration available.

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 Winter Triathlon benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

Please note that the schedule may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.


  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm: Packet pick-up available (see below for more detail)
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm: Course pre-ride led by race director Jeremy Sartain
  • 4:00pm9:00pm: Course preview allowed. Skiers need to wear race bib and bikers have number plate attached, or purchase a one-day trail pass. Please avoid the finish line area of the 24-hour ski/bike race and give those racers right-of-way on the trail. Note that if you are riding past sunset, the west end trails (Twin/Meadow) are not lighted (you may ride them but lights are recommended).


  • 6:00am: Transition Area opens
  • 7:00am: Packet pick-up available
  • 7:45am: Race Briefing
  • 8:00am: Race Start (Individuals and Relays start together-relays are not part of the national championship). Please self-seed faster skiers at the front.
  • 11:00am: Awards

Important Things to Remember:

Participants who registered on or before February 23rd will receive a Winter Triathlon shirt in the size they requested. Size exchanges will not be allowed as we do not have extra stock. Participants who registered after February 23rd will receive some cool Loppet swag.

Timing chips will not be available for advance pickup. For best timing performance and inventory control, chips will be handed out no earlier than race day morning. If you previously picked up your bib/t-shirt, please collect your timing chip on race morning. Failure to pick up and wear a timing chip on race day will result in no recorded race time. 

Ski bibs and timing chips must be returned by the end of the event. Failure to return these items will result in charges of $20 per bib and $150 per chip, invoiced the week after the race. Bike plates are disposable and do not need to be returned.


  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm: Packet pick-up available


  • 7:00am – 8:00am: Last-minute packet pick-up and timing chip pick-up

Please remember that you must present a valid ID at packet pickup; no exceptions. You may not have another person “vouch” for your identity. You must also present proof of your current USAT license (paper or electronic membership card) unless you purchased a one-day license for this event. These are standard USAT race policies; please make to come prepared to show these items, or you will not be able to pick up your packet or participate.

The course will utilize the North ski trails in Theodore Wirth Park including the machine-made loop. Please note that the course and event order may change depending on weather, snow and ground conditions. The order of events will be ski-bike-run. Though most participants choose to skate, a classic track will also be set.

  • Ski: Approximately 7K on the snowmaking trails. Ski technique is freestyle (classic tracks will be set on the right side of the skate deck).
  • Bike: Two laps on the snowmaking trails, totaling approx 13K. Note that while any bike may be used, fat bikes are the recommended bike for the course. Fat bikes may be rented from The Trailhead.
  • Run: 5K on the snowmaking trails.


Skiers are welcome to warm up on the course. We ask that bike and run warmups be done on the asphalt trail that runs for miles along the parkway next to the stadium. We want to keep the ski course fresh and in great shape for the ski.

2020 Course Maps

Course Preview Information:

  • Friday: 6-9pm. At 6:00pm, a course preview ride will be led by race director Jeremy Sartain. Meet at the patio behind the Trailhead ready to go.
  • Saturday: 12pm-9pm

Due to a 24-hour ski/bike race being conducted Friday-Saturday, the Winter Tri course will not be marked until race morning. However, nearly the entire course will be conducted on the Wirth snowmaking loop. Please avoid the finish area of the 24-hour race and give those racers space and encouragement if you are on the course.

Note: All racers on the course doing preview MUST have their bib and/or number plate attached or purchase a one-day trail pass.

There will be an aid station (light snacks, water/gatorade) near the transition area and finish line.

The main parking lot at the Theodore Wirth Chalet is the recommended parking option.

1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy
Golden Valley, MN 55422

As a national championship event, USAT awards prizes to the top three finishers in every age group (17-19; 20-24; 25-29; etc). Please note that USA Triathlon (USAT) determines your age by how old you are at the end of the calendar year (Dec 31, 2020). In addition, the Loppet will provide awards to the top three male and female overall finishers, top three U16 finishers, and three relay teams (top male relay, top female relay, top coed relay).

2021 ITU Winter World Championships

Location: TBD
Date: TBD

The 2020 national championship race offers the opportunity to qualify for the World Winter Triathlon Championship. The top 18 in each aged up age group rolling down to 30th place after applying the age-up rule will qualify. For more information, please visit USAT Triathlon or email

Qualification Process

  1. World Podium: Any athlete who places 1-3 in their age group at a world championship will automatically qualify for the respective world championship the following year.
  2. National Championships: The remaining world championship slots are allocated to athletes who compete in the respective national championship and finish in a qualifying place (see above for number of slots allocated and the roll down process per event).
  3. Rankings: If slots are still available, any athlete who finished in the aged up age group top 20 in their age group in the USA Triathlon year end (12/31/2020) rankings will be considered for slots on the team, starting with the highest ranked athlete having first option to accept, followed by 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc., (through 20th) until we have reached the first two athletes who accept the slot or until we reach spot 20.

Additional Details

The time allowed to claim a spot post-event will be approximately one week from the time the email is released.

All athletes eligible to represent the United States must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen OR
  • Be a U.S. national – someone who has resided in the U.S. for three consecutive years and has not competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Team USA eligible athletes must not have competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Athletes who choose to be recognized as nationals who have competed for their country of citizenship in the last year may get dispensation by obtaining a letter from the National Federation of their home country allowing competition as a USA athlete.

The Loppet Foundation needs volunteers in all capacities supporting the athletes as they take to the trails! Interested in helping. View volunteer opportunities and sign up below.

The Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422

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