From the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association – Where Every Story Has Three Sides

City of Lakes Loppet

The Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet, Noon-2:30pm, is a circuit bike race on a track of ice. The Saturday race takes place on the lagoon between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun.
Photo by Bruce Cochran

SW Journal Snow Sculpture Competition (All Day)
•     Penguins, Polar Bears, skiers and art–all come to life from snow.
•     Sculpting from 8am-1pm near the Tin Fish at Lake Calhoun
•     Judging from 1:15-1:45p.
•     Viewing–all day, all weekend.
Loppet Kubb Tournament (11am-8pm)
•     Swedish lawn game on snow
•     In front of the Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun
Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet (Noon-2:30pm)
•     Circuit bike racing on a track of ice.
•     On the lagoon between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun.
•     Preliminary heats from noon-1:30pm, finals from 1:30-2:30pm.
Finn Sisu Sprints – Qualifying Heats (12:30pm)
•     Skiers start on Lake of the Isles and finish on Hennepin Avenue
•     A race against the clock–skiers start individually, those with the best times advance to the finals later in the day.
Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet (1:30pm)
•     Combines dog sledding and skiing.
•     Lake of the Isles–Uptown.
•     Watch both the running of the dogs and the Loppet ice bike race.
•     7K one-dog national championship race, 5K and 2.5K races.
Rossignol Junior Loppet (2:30pm)
•     A race specially designed for skiers 19 and under.
•     New start on Lagoon between Lake of the Isles an
Lake Calhoun, finish on Hennepin
•     Skiers race against others in their age classes: 18-19 (older juniors), 16-17 (J1), 14-15 (J2), 12-13 (J3), 10-11 (J4), 8-9 (J5), 7 and under (Youth Division).
•     1K (straight in) or 3K or 5K races around Lake of the Isles, all with a Hennepin Avenue Finish.
Minnesota Youth Ski League SuperCarnival (1:30pm-3:30pm)
•     This free event includes food, fun and ski games for kids of all ages (limited equipment available for kids without skis).
•     Lagoon between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun
Cook County Minne(sota)-Loppet (3:30pm)
•     Free event for pre-registered kids ages 12 and under ($10 to register day-of).
•     New start on Lagoon between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun, finish on Hennepin
•     Everyone is a winner – all kids receive a medal, a homemade cookie and hot cider.
Finn Sisu Sprints Finals (4:30pm)
•     Two-minute heats in the heart of Uptown!
•     Junior (19 and under by age category), Paralympic and Open categories. Cash prizes for Paralympic and Open categories.
•     Only the best make it to the Finals: top eight men and women in the Open category, top four females and males in each Junior and Paralympic category.
Park Nicollet Luminary Loppet (registration required) (6-9pm)
•     1,000+ ice luminaries, an even bigger ice pyramid, fire dancers, the Ice-Cropolis, the downtown skyline, and much more…
•     Bon fires, cookies and hot cocoa stations.
•     Post-Luminary Uptown Party in Calhoun Square for paid registrants / $10 otherwise.
•     Non-competitive–registration is open to snowshoers, walkers and skiers alike.
•     Hennepin–Lake of the Isles–Hennepin.
•     New–Surly Brewing Beer Garden–complimentary 10 oz. pour for each adult Luminary Loppet participant.
Post-Luminary Party (7pm-10pm)
•     Live music and dancing in Calhoun Square
•     Free for Loppet registrants, $10 otherwise
Vendor Village
•     Dozens of fitness and winter vendors in Calhoun Square
•     Free samples, fitness technology and advice, wax recommendations, shopping, and much more…
Surly Beer Garden (Sat.: 1pm-7pm, Sun. 10am-3pm)
•     Calhoun Square and near the Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun
The REI 10K Tour (9am start)
•     Non-competitive
•     Family and friends ski together from Wirth Park to Uptown
•     Easier course–avoids hills and takes the direct route
Spectating tip: Most Tour finishers will arrive between 10 and 11:45am.
The Hoigaard’s Classic Loppet (9:20am start)
•     25 kilometers (15+ miles)
•     Classic skiers use the traditional style of cross country skiing
Trivia: Along with the Tri-Loppet and Trail Loppet, the City of Lakes Loppet is part of the Hoigaard’s Challenge.
Participate in all three events in the same year, compete for age group recognition and receive a commemorative pin and a chance to win a one-week stay at Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail.
Spectating tip: The winners will arrive between 10:30 and 10:45 am, but classic skiers will continue to finish throughout the day.
The City of Lakes Loppet (10:30am-11am start)
•     This race is “freestyle”–meaning that skiers can ski in any style–but most skiers will use the skate-style of skiing.
•     This is the most popular Loppet race, with over 1,200 participants expected.
Trivia: Over $3,000 in prize money. Past Loppet Champions include Minneapolis-based Olympians Carolyn Bramante and Caitlin Gregg as well as Kazakhstani Olympian Andrey Golovko.
Spectating tips: The winners will arrive in Uptown between 11:45 am and 12:15 pm, depending upon course and weather conditions, but skiers will continue to finish throughout the day.
Chuck & Don’s 14k Skijoring Loppet – 2-Dog National Championship (1pm start)
•     Skijoring teams start and finish in the new stadium at Wirth and race two laps around the Hap & Judy Competition Loop as well as the Twin Lake Trail.
•     This is the second event in the Skijor USA National Championships.
Trivia: With 186 skijoring teams, the 2011 Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet was the largest skijoring event in the world!
Chuck & Don’s Sunday 7K Fun Skijoring Loppet (1:05pm start)
•     Wirth Park

Awards (2:30pm start)
•     Comedy Sportz in Calhoun Square
More  Loppet information
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