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. In the fall (session 3 Run/Orienteering) we have an Adventure Run Race Series incorporated into the program.

Practice sessions 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 (fall session only) provides competition in 1 mile adventure run races in the woods of Theodore Wirth Park
  • Games, relays, ultimate, and soccer mixed in throughout the sessions

TRAIL KIDS will need a good pair of running shoes and water bottle for each session. All programming will be focused on orienteering with a mix of other running games, such as ultimate frisbee and soccer.

Orienteering Ability Groups

Youth of mixed gender are assigned to coaching groups based by age, friend request and past experience with orienteering. All non-binary and trans youth 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: Youth has participated in at least one or two 6 week sessions of the TRAIL KIDS orienteering program.
  • Blue Level: Intermediate to advanced orienteering skills. Youth 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:

Tuesdays/Thursdays Wirth Run/Orienteering Session 1 – Registration Closed

  • Dates: May 4 – June 10
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6-7:30 PM
  • Where: Wirth Pavilion (East side at bottom of hill across from boat launch parking lot).
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after April 4

Tuesdays/Thursdays Wirth Run/Orienteering Session 2 – Registration Closed

  • Dates: June 15 – July 22
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: Wirth Pavilion (East side at bottom of hill across from boat launch parking lot).
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after June 6

Tuesdays/Thursdays Wirth Run/Orienteering Session 3

  • Dates: September 7 – October 14
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 5:30- 7:00PM
  • Location: Wirth Pavilion (East side at bottom of hill across from boat launch parking lot)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after August 7
Run/Orienteering Session 3

Registration Guide 

Registration based on ability: All TRAIL KIDS who attend the program must be able to ride their bikes safely on paved paths. When registering your child make sure to indicate their ability level as described in the Mountain Bike Ability Registration Guide.

Scholarships and Sibling Discounts

Scholarships: Need-based registration partial scholarships are available. For information about TRAIL KIDS Program scholarships email trailkids@loppet.org.

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 a $40.00 processing fee up until one month before the program starts. There are no refunds for any cancellations within one month 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 $40.00 processing fee. If the Loppet cancels a program, a full refund will be issued.

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