The goal of the Loppet Run 365 Development Team is to introduce running as a sport as well as a means to improve performance in other sports. We encourage multiple sports for athletes in this program, so the team practice and camp schedule should allow for training with another team/sport. Loppet TRAIL KIDS ages 12 plus can transition to Loppet Run 365 if they desire to focus more on running. Development Team is directed toward ages 12-15. No previous racing experience is required.
The goal of the Loppet Run 365 Competition Team is prepare athletes ages 16-19 to compete at a state and national level. Training is based on a year round model, starting in the beginning of November with a focus of racing season starting in March. This program is intended for Junior athletes 16- 19 years old who are interested in improving their running technique, speed, agility, endurance and racing strategies. This program is open to girls and boys of all ethnic and economic backgrounds. Past running and racing experience is required.
Boys and girls ages 7-13 will enjoy trail running on the single track and ski trails around Wirth Park as they are coached in the basics of orienteering skills. The program will also incorporate ultimate frisbee and other running games as a warm up for our main session focus of trail running and orienteering skills.
Abdi Bile, Loppet Running Director
Along with an incredibly successful running career, Bile has made a name for himself over the years as a highly knowledgeable running coach. His distinguished career includes coaching as the National Head Coach of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, the Senior Endurance Coach as Aspire Academy, and the Junior National Team Coach of Qatar. Bile was also the Co-Founder and Head Coach of the Savannah International Training Center in the United States, sponsored by the International Olympic Solidarity Program.
Bile has made it his personal mission to mentor and inspire youth to enjoy sports and a variety of outdoor activities, aligning well with the Loppet Foundation’s mission to create a shared passion for year-round outdoor adventure in the Minneapolis area.