Spring/Summer 2022

Loppet Roundup

Upcoming Loppet Programming

Spring and Summer Programming is Coming!

The days are starting to get longer and warmer weather is on its way soon, so Theodore Wirth Park is about to get as busy as ever with spring and summer programming and events for mountain biking, running and more! 

Information on upcoming programs and events is listed below, so you and your family can become more involved with the Loppet this season. When you register for any program or event, you also have the option to donate or become a Loppet member – both of which support our mission and help create inclusive opportunities for all people to enjoy outdoor activities.

Registration for most programs opens March 1 at 9am. See the below for a list of every program offered by age.

Check out the following webpages for more information on specific program offerings and spring/summer registration links:

For Kids:

  • Trail Kids – *Please note that Trail Kids registration will open at 8 a.m. and registration fills up very quickly.
    • Activities Include: mountain biking, running, orienteering
    • Skill Level: novice – advanced by program
    • Age Range: 7-13
  • Adventure Camps – Youth spend their days diving into a world of non-stop outdoor fun. Kids break into small groups with enthusiastic counselors and rotate through different activities throughout the day in these week-long camps.
    • Activities Include: Mountain biking, orienteering, swimming and canoeing, capture-the-flag, ultimate frisbee, and other games, nature activities, creative crafts, archery
    • Skill Level: Novice. Should be able to ride a bike.
    • Age Range: 9 – 13
  • Loppet Ultimate Program NEW – The Loppet Ultimate Program provides equitable access for youth in the Twin Cities to learn the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, connect with members of the Ultimate community, and be mentored by experienced Ultimate players through week-long camps.
    • Activities include: Ultimate frisbee
    • Skill level: all levels welcome
    • Age Range: 8-10

For Juniors:

  • Loppet Run 365 (LR365) Juniors Development Team – Designed to introduce running as a sport as well as a means to improve performance in other sports.
    • Activities Include: running,
    • Skill Level: novice – intermediate
    • Age Range: 13 -15 for Development, 6-11 for Mini Devo
    • Offered in both Somali and English languages
  • LR365 Junior Competition Team – Designed to prepare runners ages 15-19 to compete at a state and national level.
    • Activities Include: running, competition based
    • Skill Level: Advanced
    • Age Range: 16 – 19
    • Offered in both Somali and English languages
  • Loppet Cycle Works (LCW) Juniors Development Team – The goals for the DEVO Team are to encourage and support youth in a healthy lifestyle through cycling, building friendship and working together as a team. The program focuses on competition through training and racing and preparing youth for local, regional and national races.
    • Activities Include: mountain biking, competition based
    • Skill Level: intermediate
    • Age Range: 12 – 17
  • LCW Juniors Adventure Crew – The LCW Adventure Crew provides quality coaching, progressive skills development, and opportunities to ride local and destination trails throughout the state and country without the stress of competition. This is the next step for those that have outgrown Trail Kids but still want to get rad.
    • Activities Include: mountain biking
    • Skill Level: intermediate
    • Age Range: 12 – 16
  • Loppet Ultimate Program NEW – The Loppet Ultimate Program provides equitable access for youth in the Twin Cities to learn the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, connect with members of the Ultimate community, and be mentored by experienced Ultimate players through week-long camps.
    • Activities Include: ultimate frisbee
    • Skill level: all levels welcome
    • Age Range: 11-13, 14-18
  • LNR Juniors Development Team – Training for this young nordic skiers. The “Devo” group will be more varied than the Comp Team, and often less ski specific.
    • Activities Include: nordic ski technique, physical conditioning
    • Skill Level: intermediate
    • Age Range: 13 – 16
  • LNR Juniors Competition Team – The LNR competition team for 16-19 year olds and will continue to be focused on year round training with the goal of competing regionally and nationally.
    • Activities Include: nordic ski technique, physical conditioning, year round program
    • Skill Level: intermediate
    • Age Range: 16 – 19

For Adults (18+):

  • Loppet Run 365 (LR365) Adults: Loppet Run 365 Adult Run Club is designed for goal-oriented runners from beginners to the highly competitive level. Meets two times a week.
    • Activities Include: running
    • Skill Level: intermediate – advanced
    • Offered in both Somali and English Languages
  • LCW Trail Adults: Trail Adults is for anyone interested in learning how to mountain bike confidently and safely or improving their mountain bike skills. Meets weekly at Wirth Park, three sessions offered.
    • Activities Include: mountain biking
    • Skill Level: intro
  • LCW Ride Club NEW: The LCW Ride Club is a community for people who enjoy mountain biking with others. Members span the spectrum of skill levels, but we’re all alike in wanting to be better riders.
    • Activities Include: mountain biking
    • Skill Level: all levels welcome
  • LCW Adults Fundamental Skills Clinics: Ideal for those who are already comfortable riding a bike on flat and even terrain looking to advance their mountain bike skills and technique. Please note that these clinics are focused on skills with little to no trail riding.
    • Activities Include: mountain biking
    • Skill Level: all levels welcome
    • Focused on skills, less trail riding
  • LCW Adults Skills Clinics: Let our skills instructors teach you how to jump, drop, pump, corner and/or get your wheels off the ground with one or more of our advanced & speciality clinics.
    • Activities Include: mountain biking,
    • Skill Level: intermediate – advanced (ages 13+)
  • Adult Strength for Endurance Athletes: Focuses on building a solid base for nordic skiing, running, and other endurance sports by utilizing body weight movements, barbells, free weights, and plyometrics.
    • Activities Include: strength training
    • Skill Level: intermediate – advanced
  • Spring Yoga: Yoga geared toward the athlete who wants to supplement their training routine as well for those who want to explore and deepen their yoga practice.
    • Activities Include: yoga
    • Skill Level: intro – advanced
  • CityTrail Loppet (May 22): Piecing together elements of little-known trails in the Minneapolis area, the CityTrail Loppet has earned a reputation as a trail running challenge for those pushing the pace at the front of the pack as well as a great entry event for those looking to try off-pavement running for the first time. Stay tuned for registration and the route soon!
  • Wirth on Wednesdays (June – August): our popular mountain bike race series is back! Enjoy the singletrack trails at Theodore Wirth Park with races for youth, novice, intermediate, and advanced racers. 2022 dates have been announced – stay tuned for registration!
  • Red Bull Urban Portage (August 27): Save the date for the Red Bull Urban Portage! This event includes both marathon-distance and half-marathon-distance paddle and portage race on the Mississippi River. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Surly Brewing Co. Trail Loppet (September 17 -18): The Loppet Field Day on Saturday is a fun-filled day of both competitive and non-competitive events for all ages and abilities. Our most popular trail running event of the season, the Surly Brewing Co. 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. Stay tuned for registration!