Marathon Skating Comes to Minnesota on Lake Calhoun, in the Heart of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes
Minneapolis, Minnesota- The Loppet Foundation is excited to offer a 25K and 50K marathon in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota as a part of their City of Lakes Loppet, February 5-7, 2016.
As marathon speed skaters understand, winter is the best time to get outside and enjoy the cool air and frozen water. We skaters are not the only athletes to feel this way, so you are invited to join in an Urban Silent Winter Sport Festival and compete along with 11,000 other athletes in 30 different events. This is the inaugural year for the Loppet Speedskating Marathon and we hope for a great turn out of skaters from all over North America and Europe.
For over a decade the Loppet Foundation has been hosting cross-country ski races in the parks and on the lakes and trails of Minneapolis. In 2009 the event was expanded to become a weekend long festival including the addition of other silent winter sports and included over 6,500 participants. In the years since, additional events have been added and in 2014 there were over 11,000 participants across 21 events.
The marathons will be held on Lake Calhoun in the heart of the Minneapolis’ chain of lakes. The track will be a minimum of 1K and will be groomed to ensure quality ice.
The 25K will be held on late Friday afternoon. After you finish you can visit the Surly Brewing Beer Garden and Food Trucks while you wait for the fireworks at 8:00 pm.
Return to the lake on Saturday for the 50K. Additionally, that afternoon a 1K race for young speed skaters or skaters on hockey and figure skates will be held. The festivities continue Saturday evening at the Post-Luminary party, which will include live music and dancing.
Plan to skate and bring the whole family or a group of your friends, as there are many other events to participate in. These include; cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring, dog sled racing, fat tire racing, a Kubb tournament, and a snow sculpture contest.
The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival is an event that should not be missed but if that is not enough to bring you to Minnesota, there are many other places of interest for you and your group to visit while you are in Minneapolis. Minneapolis is home to many art museums including; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, The Weisman, and the Museum of Russian Art. For those who enjoy theater, Minneapolis is second to New York in the number of live theaters per capita and you are sure to find something of interest. If your family includes those who love to shop, The Mall of America is located just south of Minneapolis near the airport.
To learn more about the festival and register, check out the website at http://www.loppet.org/events/cityoflakesloppet/ . Minnesota welcomes you and hopes you will help make this inaugural year an outstanding one.