Loppet Trail Kids

Run & Orienteering Program


The Run & Orienteering program is part of the Loppet Foundation’s Trail Kids year-round programming.

Youth ages 7-13 will enjoy trail running on the single track and ski trails around Theodore Wirth Park as they are coached in the basics of orienteering skills. The program will also incorporate ultimate frisbee, slack line skills, and other running games as warm up activities for the main session which is focused on trail running and orienteering.

Adventure Run Race Series Participants will get a chance to partake in one of the adventure run races that are offered as part of our Trail Kids program. There will be one race scheduled for each of the three sessions scheduled during a normally scheduled practice. Participants will race with their teams at different start times throughout the evening.

Practices include the following activities:

  • Agility and strength exercises to develop age appropriate motor skills
  • Balance work with the slack line
  • Orienteering skills using orienteering maps to find hidden controls in the woods like a treasure hunt
  • Adventure Trail Race Series offers 1 mile adventure run races in the woods of Theodore Wirth Park
  • Games, relays, ultimate frisbee, and soccer mixed in throughout the sessions

Participants will need a good pair of running shoes and water bottle for each session.

Lottery Registration *New for 2023*

Due to increasing participant demand and our desire for a more equitable registration process, Trail Kids has moved to a lottery registration system. The Lottery registration window for Session 1 and 2 will be open from January 16, 2023 at 9am. Lottery selection will take place on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 9am. You can submit your registration entry any time within this window. Selected participants will be automatically notified on March 1 at 9am and you’ll have 48 hours to accept the spot and complete the registration process. Good news! Once lottery selections are complete, the participants not selected will be automatically added to a waitlist, and you’ll be notified right away if a spot has opened up for you. If offerings have availability after the lottery pull date, you can still register.

Registration FAQs: For answers to many common registration questions please visit our Registration FAQ page

Orienteering Skill Levels

Participants are assigned to coaching groups based on age and past experience with orienteering. All non-binary and trans participants are welcome in Trail Kids run/orienteering programs. When you register you can indicate the appropriate orienteering ability levels listed below:

  • White Level: Beginner with no experience in orienteering
  • Green Level: Beginner to intermediate orienteering skills: Participant has participated in at least one or two 6-week sessions of the Trail Kids orienteering program.
  • Blue Level: Intermediate to advanced orienteering skills. Participant has participated in at least three to four 6-week orienteering sessions.
  • Black Level: Advanced orienteering skills with two plus years of orienteering experience and a desire to be challenged and compete at local MNOC meet events.

New to orienteering? Check out the MNOC website here for short description of orienteering here! Check out the following article link about the Top 10  health benefits of Orienteering! For further links on introduction to orienteering and map reading learn from the Loppet orienteering expert coach JD in the following presentations:

Run/Orienteering Session 1 – Tuesday/Thursday

  • Dates: May 9 – June 15, 2023
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: Wirth Pavilion Hill (meet at team flags)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Running shoes
Join Lottery Here!

Run/Orienteering Session 2 – Tuesday/Thursday

  • Dates: June 27 – August 10, 2023 (no practice the week of July 4-8)
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: Wirth Pavilion Hill (meet at team flags)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Running shoes
Join Lottery Here!

Run/Orienteering Session 3 – Tuesday/Thursday

  • Dates: September 5 – October 12, 2023
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
  • Where: Wirth Pavilion Hill (meet at team flags)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Running shoes
Join Lottery Here!

Financial Assistance and Sibling Discounts

Financial Assistance: Trail Kids provides financial assistance for those in need, up to 100% of the registration cost. To apply, please fill out our Trail Kids Financial Assistance Application Form. We will follow up with you with instructions on how to register at a price that is manageable for your family. Applications for programs that start two weeks or less from the date of submission will not be approved.

Sibling Discount: For those families who have three or more kids in the program we will given a fifteen percent discount code. Please email trailkids@loppet.org for more information.

Refund Policy

The Loppet will issue a full refund of the program fee minus the original processing fee up until 6 weeks before the program starts. Between 6 weeks and 4 weeks from the program start date, a 50% refund will be issued. Between 4 and 3 weeks from the program start date, a 25% refund will be issued. There are no refunds for any cancellations within less than 3 weeks of the start of a program. During the program, if your child has a medical issue that makes it impossible to participate, we will issue a prorated refund minus the processing fee. If the Loppet cancels a program, a full refund will be issued. For instructions on how to request a refund, click here.

The Trail Kids Adventure Race Series is part of the Loppet Foundation’s Trail Kids year-round programming. The race series is included in the program registration fee

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