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Loppet Foundation COVID-19 Update
July 22, 2020

This page was originally posted in April and has been updated continually and will continue to be as need be. It was most recently updated on the date above.

We hope you and yours are staying safe and sane in the lingering shadow of COVID-19.

We at the Loppet Foundation are doing our best to pursue our mission at a time when (a) getting people outside and active is more essential to the wellbeing of our community than ever before and (b) it is essential that the Loppet Foundation support Minnesota’s COVID-19 public health response.

To balance these imperatives the Loppet Foundation’s programs, events, and managed spaces look different now than they have the the past. This page shares those key differences. It was updated on the date above and will be revised as need be.

Trails and the Trailhead

Trails. Summer trails are open for the season. You can find current conditions and COVID-19 relevant trail use guideslines on our Trail Conditions Page.

The Trailhead. The Trailhead’s indoor facilities (including restrooms) are closed to the public. There are biffs located outside the building. The water-bottle filling station attached to the outside of the building has now been turned on.

Mill Valley Market. Mill Valley Market is open with window service to the patio at The Trailhead and limited indoor seating.

Events

Surly Trail Loppet. September’s Surly Trail Loppet will take place, either as socially distant time-trial event or otherwise, pending the public health environment.

Programs

Loppet Foundation summer programs are now continuing to meet again, though some programs have been delayed slightly and all programs will proceed in alignment with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for group programs and sports.

For instance, program participants can expect:

  • All programs to take place outside, taking refuge inside only should extreme weather dictate it.
  • Large group activities, such as all camp session gatherings, to be reduced to groups of 10 or less
  • Staff and coaches to implement practices aimed to minimize the potential for infectious disease transmission, such as socially distant instruction, hand sanitization prior to handling equipment (e.g. bikes) when necessary, and distanced riding and running.
  • Group sizes to be shrunk to accommodate programmatic changes- groups limited to 10 or less
  • Until further notice, no group lodging, sharing of food, group travel in vehicles

Prospective participants can learn more on each program’s web page. Registered participants can expect to receive communication from program directors via email as appropriate.

We hope to see you, from a socially appropriate distance, on the trails once again.

The Loppet Team