Hoigaard's Challenge

Four Loppets • One Year
The Ultimate Test of Minnesota-ness!

Don’t stop with just one Loppet — try all four! The Hoigaard’s Challenge dares participants to experience all four Loppet events throughout the year. Begin with the City of Lakes Loppet in the winter, race the Sitka Salmon Shares CityTrail Loppet in the spring, the Tri-Loppet or Du-Loppet in the summer, and run the Surly Brewing Co. Trail Loppet in the fall.

Hoigaard’s Challenge registration allows participants to register for all four main Loppet events happening throughout the year with one easy registration process. Note that this is for the long-distance events only.

Hoigaard’s Challenge registration good through January 31, 2020 only. After January 31, participants must register for events separately, depending upon availability.

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 Registration OpenStarting September 24Starting December 3Starting January 7Starting January 28Final in-person price (January 30 & 31)
Hoigaard's Challenge - Skate, Classic, or Fat Tire$220$233.75$247.50$261.25$275$280

Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Competing under another person’s name will result in disqualification.

A Note About the Data We Collect

Please note, the below are new rules for 2020 and future. If you would like details on the rules for years prior to 2020, please contact registration@loppet.org.

Racers earn Hoigaard’s Challenge Points at the Hoigaard’s Challenge Events throughout the year. Those events include:

  • The Loppet Festival’s Skate Ski Loppet OR Classic Ski Loppet OR Fat Tire Loppet
  • The Sitka Salmon Shares CityTrail 10 Mile
  • The Individual Du-Loppet OR Individual Tri-Loppet
  • The Surly Brewing Co. Trail Loppet Half Marathon

Racers compete for prestige both within their overall race category (i.e. male/female) and age group (e.g. females 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39… 80+). Age category is based on racer age on December 31 of the race year.

A racer’s top three Hoigaard’s Challenge event finishes count toward their point totals; a racer may therefore skip one of the four events without penalty or do all four events and have their poorest finish dropped.

Hoigaard’s Challenge Points for an athlete from a given event are calculated as follows:

Base points are a function of a racers finish time as follows: Base Points = (Race Category Winner’s Finish Time) / (Individual’s Finish Time) x 1000.

Race category Overall Podium Bonus Points go to the top three finishers within each race category, 100 to the winner, 50 to the runner up, and 20 to the third place finisher. So from a given event, with regard overall race category standings, an athletes Hoigaard’s Challenge Points = Base Points + Overall Podium Bonus Points (if any).

Age Group Podium Bonus points go to top three finishers within each race category, 100 to the first place within the age group, 50 to second, and 20 to third. Therefore from a given event, with regard age group standings, an athletes Hoigaard’s Challenge Points = Base Points + Age Group Podium Bonus Points (if any).

Join us for the 2020 Hoigaard’s Challenge Awards Party!

The purpose of the Hoigaard’s Challenge Awards Party is to recognize athletes who excel in Loppet events through the year and the outstanding volunteers who make Loppet events possible.

When: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Where: The Trailhead
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Registration for the 2020 event will be available soon.

Athletes and volunteers who participate or assist with at least 2 of the 4 Hoigaard’s Challenge events are invited to attend for free as guests of the Loppet Foundation – but must register in advance. Registration is required for this event. Friends and family may register to attend – $25 for adults and $10 for youth 16 and under. Seating is limited – please register early to ensure your spot.

The Overall male and female champions will be awarded a free trip to Bearskin Lodge at the party.

Coming soon for 2020! If you have questions about the 2019 competition or prizes, please email registration@loppet.org. 2019 standings are listed below.