Over the next three days more than 11,000 participants will fill the streets of Minneapolis to experience a weekend filled with outdoor adventures at the 14th Annual City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival.
Even after 14 years the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival is experiencing a few firsts. The Loppet built a 1-kilometer skating loop on Lake Calhoun for the festival’s first-ever marathon speed skating events. Over 50 speed skaters will test their endurance by competing in this year’s 50K and 25K races.
The Loppet Foundation’s executive director and co-founder, John Munger, will finally get his chance to compete on race day for the first time. Munger is planning on competing in both the 42-kilometer classic on Saturday and the 42-kilometer skate-ski race on Sunday. “I look forward to it,” Munger said in a recent interview with SouthWest Journal. “There’s something special about not ever having to take your skis off the whole way.” Cheer on John and rest of the skiers as they cross the finish line at the Loppet Village in Uptown, between Isles and Calhoun.
You don’t have to be an experienced biker, skier or skater to participate in this weekend’s event. From the Snow Sculpture Contest and Captain Kens’ Kubb Tournament to the Peason’s Crew Ski Loppet and Comcast Luminary Loppet. The City of Lakes Loppet has activities the whole family will enjoy. Visit the Loppet website to view a complete schedule of all of the events happening this weekend.