Loppet TRAIL KIDS

Fall Run & Orienteering Program

Tuesdays/Thursdays

The Fall TRAIL KIDS Program offers fun outdoor active adventures for kids ages 7-13 years old. Coaches keep practice both challenging and fun for kids while also teaching important age developmental motor skills. Youth are split into ability/age/gender coaching groups (U10, U12, U14). Each session will be a mix of trail running, relays, strength/agility, ultimate Frisbee running games and orienteering.

There is a great article written in the Health Fitness Revolution that describes the Top 10  health benefits of Orienteering.  Below is a list of these benefits:

  1. Creates a balance between mind and body
  2. Teaches self-reliance
  3. Sharpens decision making skills
  4. Teaches how to think and act under pressure
  5. Increases fitness levels
  6. Increases cardiovascular capacity
  7. Enjoying time with nature
  8.  Increases self-esteem
  9. Can be very useful and even lifesaving
  10. Become part of a community: The orienteering community is a great way to socialize while competing. Although it is a solitary sport, there is a sense of camaraderie among competitors both before and after a meet. 

New to orienteering? Check out the MNOC website here for short description of orienteering here

At practice, youth will be challenged with the following activities:

  • Agility and strength exercises to develop age appropriate motor skills
  • Balance work with
  • Orienteering skills
  • Adventure Trail Race Series provides competition and fun adventures in the woods! ( This year due to COVID the races will be in small coaching groups to keep everyone safe).
  • Games, relays, ultimate and soccer mixed in throughout the sessions.

Fall 2020 TRAIL KIDS Run/Orienteering 8 week Session

  • Date: September 8 – October 29
  • Day/Time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
  • Cost: $290 or $320 after August 20 ( meets 8 weeks)
  • Registration live August 3!

Fall 2020 TRAIL KIDS Run/Orienteering 4 week Session:

  • Dates: October 6 – 29
  • Day/Time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
  • Cost: $150 or $180 after September 13 ( meets 4 weeks)
  • Registration live August 3!

All programs meet at 5:30 – 7:00 p.m at the bottom of Wirth Pavilion on the east side by the gravel parking lot off of Glenwood Ave ( across the street from the Wirth Lake Boat Launch entrance just east of Wirth Beach.

Registration Closed

Fee reductions are available for those in financial need. Please inquire with program director Kim Rudd at kim.rudd@loppet.org for more information.

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.

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Proceeds from the Loppet TRAIL KIDS Programs benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

New to TRAIL KIDS? Click here to “Test Drive” a fall session for free