Loppet TRAIL KIDS

Outdoor Adventures for Kids Age 7 – 13
Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Canoeing, Adventure Running and Cross Country Skiing

Loppet TRAIL KIDS provides year round outdoor active adventures for youth ages 7 – 13 years old. Kids enjoy activities throughout the year that include mountain biking, orienteering, adventure trail running, and cross country skiing. We are affiliated with the TRAIL KIDS Midwest program which is the governing body over all the Midwest TRAIL KIDS clubs.

Throughout the year we focus on different endurance sports:

  • Spring Session:  May – early June
  • Summer Session: June – July
    The spring and summer sessions are focused on mountain biking along with week long camp half day camps.
  • Fall Season (September – October):
    The fall session we have several different session options including the following activities: orienteering, adventure trail running, rollerblade/rollerskiing and mountain biking.
  • Winter Season (December – March):
    The winter season focuses on both classic and skate techniques of cross country skiing.

TRAIL KIDS programs aim towards general physical development, teaching sport specific skills and creating a passion in youth for outdoor endurance sports. Significant time is devoted to agility, speed and strength. Endurance training is a big part of each session along with teaching specific skills for mountain biking, orienteering and Nordic skiing.

TRAIL KIDS program provides specific mountain bike and Nordic ski skills training for all of our coaches along with background checks, Safe Sport and Concussion certification. The program has a variety of aged coaches including high school students, college students, parents and adults.

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Session Test Drive Waiver and Behavior Policy:

Participants who would like to test drive a session need to email a signed waiver form to trailkids@loppet.org before participating in Loppet programming. Loppet Waiver PDF .

Foundation Membership:

All Loppet TRAIL KIDS participants are also required to be members of the Loppet Foundation. This can come in the form of a family membership or an individual youth/junior membership – which is $10. May become members of the Foundation through the TRAIL KIDS registration process or separately by clicking here.

Scholarships:

Need-based registration partial scholarships are available. For information about TRAIL KIDS Program scholarships email trailkids@loppet.org.

Sibling Discount: For those families who have more than two kids in the program we will give a discount code. Please email trailkids@loppet.org for more information.

Refund Policy:

Before Program Begins: We will do partial refunds of program fee minus a $40.00 processing fee up until one month before a program starts. There are no refunds for any cancellations within four weeks of the start of a program due to the other youth who would have filled your child’s spot on the program roster.

After Program Begins: Generally there are no refunds for Loppet TRAIL KIDS programs. However, there are a few occasions that we will do partial refunds due to a child’s injury or illness. The cost of the online transaction fee is not returnable under any circumstances.


Fall Wirth TRAIL KIDS Programs
Winter Program: Wirth
Winter Program: Hyland

A Note About the Data We Collect

The TRAIL KIDS Programs offer their own race series within each seasonal program. In the Spring and summer youth enjoy doing relay and individual races in the Loppet Adventure Mountain Bike Race Series on the trails at Wirth Park. In the fall we provide an Adventure Trail Running Series along with the Loppet Games event. During our winter Nordic Ski season youth enjoy racing in the TRAIL KIDS Super Ski Race Series along with competing in the end of season MyXC Festival & Championships held in March. The above race series and events are included in each of the programs registration fees.

We introduce kids to competition in many different formats but ultimately our goal is to instill a love of endurance sports and an active lifestyle. TRAIL KIDS meets the needs of both the recreational skier along with providing some race opportunities for the more competitive skier.


Race Schedule

Summer

Fall

Winter

Kim Rudd

Kim Rudd

TRAIL KIDS Program Director

Kim has been skiing since she was five years when her family purchased her fish scale skis with three pin bindings! Her passion for skiing took her to Bemidji State University where she competed on the Nordic Ski Team from 1989 – 1992. She has also enjoyed racing on Team Rossignol for the last twenty years and continues to complete in local marathons.  Her second passion is mountain biking and new this year gravel biking! Kim has enjoyed sharing both these passions of cycling and Nordic skiing through coaching the youth at TRAIL KIDS.  In her spare time she enjoys biking, canoeing and ski adventures up at their cabin in Hayward with her husband Craig and daughters Leah and Hannah Rudd. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening and traveling to far off places. Life long goal is to complete all of the World Loppet race events! Kim took the position as Director of TRAIL KIDS in March of 2012. Her coaching experience includes:
  • Loppet Nordic Adult, Junior and TRAIL KIDS coach (2006 – 2014)
  • Armstrong High School Coach (2010 – 2019)
  • BICP Level 1 and 2 Certified Coach
  • USSA Nordic Level 100 ad 200 Certified Coach

Mary McKelvey

Mary McKelvey

Mary has raced in the Minnesota State High School meet, in the Junior Olympics for the Central Team, and for the Division I Nordic program at Middlebury College. Returning to Minnesota after years abroad has meant returning to skiing and training. Mary is a licensed teacher with experience teaching and coaching middle school kids. She coached cross-country and track and ran the ski club at middle school for four years. Last year, she was an assistant coach for the Southwest High School nordic team. She first discovered the benefits of Loppet Foundation training programs for herself, then enrolled her own kids in Loppet TRAIL KIDS programs. Coaching the TRAIL KIDS program since 2013, she has had a great time watching how fast young athletes can learn to ski fast!

Craig Jarvinen

Craig Jarvinen

Craig started skiing at age 3. He grew up in Winona, Minnesota. While in Winona, he had his first coaching assignment while in 5th grade, worked at Valley Ski and Bike, and skied on the newly formed Winona High School ski team. In college, he skied on the Hamline University ski team. In 1985 he was the Kortelopet Champion. Since 2009, he has coached for the Edina High School Nordic Ski Team and is now Associate Head Coach. Craig is also active with the City of Lakes Loppet, currently associate chief of course. He enjoys designing and building ski trails. Craig is a Level 200 Certified USSA Coach.

Rich Ryan

Rich Ryan

Rich Ryan began his ski life in the river hills of Burnsville. He competed in high school and college (UMD, UMM), and on some days in the present. He has coached skiing at MYSL Hyland. He also coaches soccer, running, swimming and photography. He has two kids 9 & 11, and gardens when the soil is workable.

Drew Carlson

Drew Carlson

Drew Carlson spent half of his grade school skiing; joining White Bear’s team in the 7th grade, he has been eagerly welcoming winters ever since. In college he joined the Nordic Club at the University of Minnesota, and has been busy tallying up citizen races with favorites including Birkie (of course) and Seeley. He is excited to share his passion for skiing with the awesome TRAIL KIDS this winter!

Hannah Sanborn

Hannah Sanborn

Hannah was pulled in a bucket behind skis even before she had her first snoopy skis. Starting off in the French MYSL program and then going through the Maple Grove ski team she was always running or skiing around. During her high school career she had the privilege of being on the Midwest Junior National team numerous years. Getting to race in California, Alaska and Utah. She then continued on to race for St. Cloud State University as well as lead her own Maple Grove summer training group. Now that she is back in Minneapolis she has been coaching with Gear West and racing with Fulton Brewery.

Greg Reierson

Greg Reierson

Greg is a former high school state track champion (200m and 400m) and college track athlete (NDSU) turned road and mountain biker. He is the assistant coach and team mechanic for the Armstrong High School Cycle Club and is new to the Trail Kids program this year. He enjoys working with new and experience riders and helping them develop into into skilled, controlled and confident riders and racers. Greg makes his living the the music industry and enjoys various outdoor adventures with his wife Sara and sons Calvin and Quinn.

Steve Yore

Steve Yore

Steve rediscovered his love of riding bikes after a shoulder injury kept him out of the kayak for a year. Since then, he has raced bikes in all types of formats and conditions, from 24 hour solo races in the Sonoran desert of Arizona, to 135 mile races on the Arrowhead trail in Northern Minnesota in the dead of winter. This August, he will compete in his 10th (and final?) Leadville 100, in Leadville, Colorado. He prefers riding single track, gravel roads, and snow to pavement. He is excited about the opportunity with LNR to help kids get out and enjoy all that trails have to offer.

Aaron Fryman

Aaron Fryman

Aaron has been working with kids in a variety of youth development roles over the last 10 years, including classroom teaching, coaching, and mentoring. Most recently he began his most important role in life, a father to his son Harrison. When not mountain biking he typically spends his time road cycling, rock climbing, fly fishing, and snowboarding in the winter months. In his professional life he works as a librarian with Highland Elementary in the Columbia Heights School district. This is his second year working with the Loppet Foundation and he is very excited to instruct, coach, and mentor youth to discover a passion for the outdoors and reach their full potential.

Kim Marek

Kim Marek

A Wisconsin native most recently living in Alaska, Kim first fell in love with cycling when she discovered cyclocross in Anchorage. After being exposed to sand, mud and dirt, she wanted to explore more and found herself getting lost on single track. Mountain biking has been one of her favorite ways to play outdoors and get out with friends. New this year to instructing with the Loppet Foundation, Kim is excited to mentor and share her passion for mountain biking with others.

Laura Cattaneo

Laura Cattaneo

Laura started skiing at the age of 3 but didn’t fall in love with the sport until she joined the Rochester Nordic Ski Team in 7th grade. She is currently a student at the University of Minnesota where she studies statistics, economics and Italian. Outside of school she stays busy as the Vice-President of the Club Nordic Ski Team and is looking forward to teaching Trail Kids about another one of her passions, orienteering!

John Strand

John Strand

John was an NCAA Division III varsity athlete (football and track and field) at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, but really found his way to silent sports through a housemate in Minneapolis who had graduated from Northern Michigan University, and introduced him to Nordic skiing and climbing. John helped revive the varsity Nordic program at Patrick Henry High School in 1999, and was head coach of that program for the next seven seasons. He has coached MYSL at Wirth from 2013 to the present. He is currently a high school English teacher at Thomas Edison High School in Northeast Minneapolis, where he helped to start and continues to lead the Edison Outdoor Club, involving students in year-round outdoor adventures. He is eager to share his passion for Nordic skiing — with a slight bias toward the classical technique.

Shane Farrell

Shane Farrell

Coach Shane has been riding bikes for 41 years and currently lives in south west Minneapolis with his wife Erinn, son Oscar (7) and daughter Olivia (4). He is very excited to be involved with the Loppet Foundation and TRAIL KIDS. His current value for N is 10 (bikes needed = N + 1). Work days are spent downtown at Target corporation where he is a software engineer. Besides biking he also enjoys spending time with friends, golfing, nordic skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and of course playing with his kids. His favorite quote about biking “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing” (Gene Oberpriller).

Kaveh Rahimi

Kaveh Rahimi

I’ve been biking (mountain biking/road biking) in various forms and fashions seriously since 1995 when I graduated college and moved back to my hometown of La Crosse, WI. To which this area has an outstanding abundance of high quality road riding and now, after years of building up the trail system, high quality mountain biking. As my riding has changed over the years and the racing becomes less, but the commuting more, I still have a great time when I’m on my bike. I’m new to TRAIL KIDS this spring, but hope that I can help the kids improve on their skills and help them have a good time and enjoy being on their bikes.

Steve Bobusch

Steve Bobusch

Steve was fortunate enough to have a velodrome in his hometown of Kenosha, WI and began racing there at 12 years of age. Racing in the velodrome lit the fire for what has become a lifelong pursuit of fun, friendship and competition on two wheels with this year marking 30 years of racing experience across many cycling disciplines. Steve is a firm believer that the bicycle is the optimal tool for exploratory missions far and wide; the speed of autos is too fast to process it all and you cannot get anywhere very quickly on foot. He and his wife Mollee live in Bloomington, MN with their frisky Alaskan Husky pup named Jojo, whom Steve is grooming to be a trail dog that can shred some dirt (or snow) and be a part of these off-road adventures. Having been fortunate to have many great coaches and mentors throughout his cycling years, Steve feels compelled to help spread the joy of cycling to future generations via a strong foundation in the skills and fundamentals required to pursue cycling as a lifelong passion.

David Nelson

David Nelson

David enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities including: skiing, running, canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering, hunting and fishing. David enjoys both racing and training and loves to share his excitement and knowledge of these activities with others. David has coached the TRAIL KIDS program in skiing, orienteering and mountain bike programs since the fall of 2016. He especially enjoys how the group dynamics of TRAIL KIDS motivates young kids to learn and get active! David has a son Karl who loves being part of the TRAIL KIDS program, a daughter Kajsa who will hopefully join the program soon and is married to Josie who also loves participating and racing in a wide range of outdoor activities.

Kim Lyon

Kim Lyon

I fell in love with the sport of mountain biking over 20 years ago. In the early days I enjoyed racing in the Wisconsin Off Road Series and Chequamegon 40. Now, I love to just ride for fun. I enjoy the solitude of being alone with my bike in the woods and I also enjoy riding with my family (husband Scott and 2 kids ages 8 & 11). I’m passionate about helping kids (and adults) find an activity they love that gets them moving, but doesn’t feel like exercise. Biking has always been that activity for me. I also enjoy waterskiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing and hiking.

Chris Milton

Chris Milton

Chris is a bicycling enthusiast and enjoys riding for fitness and pleasure while being outside. He has been exploring the state on bicycles since he was a kid riding the Minnehaha Parkway and the chain of lakes in Minneapolis. Outside of helping coach TRAIL KIDS, Chris is the pole vault coach for the Eden Prairie High School Track & Field team and has produced numerous state champions in the event. During the day, Chis works for Trimble as leader for technology teams.

Robyn Sjostrom

Robyn Sjostrom

My passion for skiing began in 7th grade. When I wasn’t successful recruiting my older siblings to take me to an actual ski course, I would ski around my yard (and the neighbors 🙂 ). I had an older sister who was a very accomplished collegiate skier at the time (love you Bonnie), and I wanted to be just like her. I went on to ski for Mounds View High School and then the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I have had the joy of volunteer coaching for MYSL the past years, and have passed on my love for skiing to my daughter. I am excited for the opportunity to mentor youth in a sport that has captured my heart for so many years!

Brian Koeneman

Brian Koeneman

Brian is a competitive cyclist and nordic skier. He has been racing bikes for most of his life and doesn’t plan on quitting anytime soon! He has completed over 15 Birkie marathons (and once qualified for the elite wave), rode a sub-nine hour Leadville 100, and placed second twice in the Almanzo 100. Brian is the current masters MN criterium champion and former MN cyclocross rider of the year. He has competed in world championships in cyclocross and several national championships. Brian aspires to help athletes become well-rounded individuals. He enjoys introducing cyclists to the joys of skiing and skiers to the excitement of cycling. He has worked in higher education for over 20 years and is now an individual college counselor helping students with the college application process. He lives with his partner Robin, who is a design director at Target, and their young son, Oscar, in Golden Valley.

Jenny Beckman

Jenny Beckman

Jenny grew up skiing with her family in Maple Grove, Minnesota. After high school she raced for Saint Cloud State University from 2007 – 2011 where she earned two MVP awards and a degree in marketing and communication studies. After college, she began to pursue a career in the outdoor sports working as a marketing associate, and eventually sales manager for Salomon. If she looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen her in a tent or expo booth at a race. Jenny now serves as the Director of Operations at Gear West in Long Lake. She has coached for Orono High School, LNR adults, LNR Juniors, and TRAIL KIDS. She loves to sharing her passion for the sport with others and hopes to see you in the store, at training, or on the trails!

Luke Dykowski

Luke Dykowski

A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Luke believed skis could only go downhill until 7th grade, when, while eating a ham sandwich, he was persuaded to join the Peak Nordic Ski Club. He went on to serve as Captain of the Peak Nordic High School Team for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, and is now a member of the Nordic Club at the University of Minnesota (where he studies political science). As a volunteer coach with the Peak Nordic Kids program from 2013-2018, Luke garnered notoriety among southeastern Wisconsin’s 5 – 10-year-olds for his exciting obstacle courses, loud voice, and large hat. In February of 2018, Luke became one of the first skiers to race the Korteloppet and the American Birkebeiner back-to-back, and hopes to one day receive a free t-shirt for it.

Jonathan Delaney

Jonathan Delaney

Jon started skiing as a freshmen at Armstrong High School. He competed in Junior National twice and continued skiing on the U of M club team. He even skied the Birkie without poles once! In college he branched out from skiing and ran triathlons competitively and rock climbed a lot with friends. He tries to keep things fresh by rotating in and out of sports with the seasons and saying yes to new challenges/activities.

Bonnie Weiskopf

Bonnie Weiskopf

I started skiing in 9th grade for Mounds View HS. I raced in high school, college and now for, Vakava Racing. I have 5 kids (4 boys and a girl), all of whom enjoy Nordic skiing. I have coached young beginner skiers, adult year-round program skiers, and all levels in between. Currently, I am a technical coach for Stillwater Area High School’s nordic ski team, a TRAIL KIDS coach, and I enjoy coaching my own kids. In addition to skiing I enjoy engineering, photography, running, biking, camping, outdoor adventures and church. Some of my recent skiing accomplishments include:
  • 2018 World Master’s age group champion (3x).
  • 2018 14th woman overall in the skate race of the American Birkebeiner.
  • 2018 City of Lakes Loppet women’s skate winner.

Tyson Forbes Lien

Tyson Forbes Lien

Tyson is a father of two TRAIL KIDS. He has been an outdoor enthusiast all his life and has competed in cross country skiing throughout his high school, college, and adult years. He is a professional actor in the Twin Cities and instructs theater for kids of all ages. He has a passion for adventure and loves to bring play and joy to the groups he instructs. He has a keen eye for technique but above all he wants kids to enjoy their time in the outdoors.

Kevin Ousdigian

Kevin Ousdigian

Kevin has been coaching youth sports for over 15 yrs including nordic skiing, baseball, soccer, basketball, and swimming. Kevin trains with LEMONS, the Loppet Master Skier group. He also enjoys hiking with his family, kitesurfing, stand up paddleboarding, and swimming on the lakes. Kevin and his wife, Sara, have three kids: Mark who is on the nordic ski team at Michigan Tech, Kathryn who plays soccer and runs track, and Linnea who can’t wait for another winter of skiing with TRAIL KIDS. Last year was memorable for skiing in relay with Linnea on the Birkie bridge for the Super Bowl and going to Utah to see Mark ski in Jr Nationals.

Mindy Benton

Mindy Benton

Mindy started skiing downhill at age 8 on the “hills” of Trollhaugen and Wild Mountain locally. She still enjoys the speed of going downhill, mainly at Squaw Valley in California. She started nordic skiing 24 years ago, thinking it would be a good way to get back in shape during maternity leave. She and her husband Steve have 3 children, ages 21, 24 and 26. They all started skiing with Minnesota Youth Ski League out of French Park. The Benton’s led the French Park group for 10 years and enjoyed helping kids learn how to ski. The Benton kids trained with Piotr Bednarski and GoTraining, the predecessor of LNR, and were very successful high school nordic skiers. Mindy is a member of the LNR Lemons racing team and has had the opportunity to ski the Norwegian Birken marathon and is looking forward to skiing the Swiss Engadin marathon in 2019. Mindy is a member of the Loppet Foundation board and works for both Allina Health and Hennepin County Medical Center, when she is not outside on skis or on a bike.

Christina Lundgren

Christina Lundgren

Christina grew up skiing the northern trails of Minnesota with her family. During undergrad at the University of Minnesota, she became very active in the club team and has loved the ski community ever since! Christina’s other favorite outdoor activites are biking, paddling, and napping in a hammock. She is excited to engage with kids to help them build confidence, friendships, and love for this wonderful winter sport.

Camille Christopherson

Camille Christopherson

Camille has long loved sports of all kinds. She grew up in Minnesota with a very active family and loved biking around the lakes, especially the family’s self titled “tons of fun hill.” After college, Camille moved out to Colorado where she lived for over a decade enjoying the mountains: snowboarding, camping, hiking and biking. Now back in Minnesota, Camille shares these loves with her son and they enjoy biking in Cuyuna, near their cabin.

Tobi Fimpel

Tobi Fimpel

Tobias (Tobi) Fimpel spent many of his high school years training for and participating in cross country mountain bike races in Germany. Since moving to Minnesota over a decade ago he has been commuting almost daily on two wheels and pedal-power, and in recent years has re-discovered his love for singletrack riding on the local trails with his kids. To put it simply: when he is on a bike he is happy. TRAIL KIDS gives him the opportunity to share the joy that cycling brings to his own life with the next generation of riders.

Jesse Olson

Jesse Olson

Jesse and his wife Brianne have 3 kids growing up as TRAIL KIDS. Jesse found his passion for cycling in college at North Central University in downtown Minneapolis when 2 buddies told him they planned to bike across America … 5 minutes later he joined them. He went on to bike around the perimeter of the United States and though 7 European countries. All as fundraisers with Venture Expeditions. Currently he’s active with his 3 kids getting them started nordic skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and all things outdoors. When not outside he’s busy with their family business buying distressed houses around the twin cities.

My child is 6 years old and wants to join TRAIL KIDS, is he/she too young?

Each child physically matures differently so the answer may vary depending on your child’s ability to keep up with the other TRAIL KIDS. We often allow younger kids to come “test drive” a few sessions if their parents are willing to tag along for the entire session. After this “test drive” session, the coaches will make a decision as to if the younger child will be allowed to participate in the TRAIL KIDS Program. Sometimes they will be allowed only if the parent attends each session along with them. We want to make sure kids are able to follow directions and be both physically and emotionally ready for TRAIL KIDS.

My child is 13/14. Should he/she sign up for a Juniors session instead of a TRAIL KIDS?

We have many 13 year old TRAIL KIDS participants who for all different reasons cannot make it to ski on their High School Ski Team. We have therefore created a “development team” of older experienced TRAIL KIDS who are challenged to do harder workouts. Those who are older and just starting out in Nordic Skiing will most likely be placed with younger aged kids who are at the same ability.

LNR Juniors has created a Development Team for kids 13-16 year olds . The goal of the LNR Development Team is to close the gap between the Loppet TRAIL KIDS program and the LNR Competition Team.

My son/daughter is completely new to Nordic skiing, mountain biking and trail running endurance outdoor sport. Can they still register for TRAIL KIDS Programs at any ability level?

Yes. We have many different levels of ability and ages that attend our year round TRAIL KIDS programs. We welcome both beginner to advanced skiers, bikers and runners/orienteering. We do recommend that if your child is new to Nordic skiing they should attend one of the fall TRAIL KIDS programs to help learn the dry land ski technique and work on their fitness level.

Does TRAIL KIDS winter program instruct both ski techniques ( skate and classic)?

Yes. TRAIL KIDS winter program instructs both classic and skate ski techniques. Participants must have both classic ( wax-able or for beginner the skintec skis work great) and skate ski equipment for the weekly sessions. Typically we do one day classic and one day skate, but it may vary depending on the weather and snow conditions.

What is the difference between classic and skate skiing techniques?

  • Classic Ski Technique : Classic skiing is the original Nordic skiing style and is what most people imagine when they think of cross-country skiing.Classic skis have a “kick zone”, which is an area of the ski base under the boot and binding. The kick zone sticks to the snow either because it’s made of a sticky material (waxless skis) or because it’s coated in grip wax (waxable skis).There are 3 classic ski techniques and you should learn them in this order: Diagonal Stride, Double Pole, and Kick Double Pole (a.k.a. One Step Double Pole). Diagonal Stride is the most powerful and is good for climbing hills. Double Pole is for higher speed travel on flats or small hills. Kick Double Pole combines elements of Diagonal Stride and Double Pole and is perfect for in between conditions. Classic Video
  • Skate Ski Technique: Skate skiing has only been around since the 1970s. It’s a thrilling, high speed sport that appeals to people who love skiing fast. Unlike classic skiing, skate skiing definitely requires groomed snow. It’s almost impossible to skate ski in deep, unpacked snow.There are 3 skate ski techniques ( V1, V2 and V2 alternate) which act like the gears on your bike. Low gears have more power and are good for climbing hills. Higher gears are for faster terrain and conditions. Skate Video

Do all kids purchase TRAIL KIDS race suits and warm-up pants/jackets?

It is not mandatory that kids race in a Loppet TRAIL KIDS race suit. Many of the kids have purchased the race suits and it helps them to feel apart of a ski club team. We highly encourage all kids to purchase a TRAIL KIDS warm-up jacket since they will be using it on a daily basis for practice.

Do all TRAIL KIDS participants race?

Coaches encourage all TRAIL KIDS participants to try racing when they feel confident in their ski and mountain bike technique and fitness ability. Some kids race 1-2 times per season, while others race 8-10 per season.

Does Loppet TRAIL KIDS rent out ski/bike equipment?

We no longer rent out ski or bike equipment. There are local ski shops that may have rental equipment. See our equipment page link for more information. Equipment Guide: Winter Nordic Ski Program

We are so excited to have you on board to help us make these events the best they can be! Below are the events, descriptions, and sign-up forms for tasks we are looking to fill with volunteer help. The TRAIL KIDS staff will need help with registration, course marshals, start/finish line help and post race snack table. Click on the race/event below that you can volunteer for:

Adventure Run #1: Trailhead Single Track Race: Stadium 18/Ski Jump Hill Single Track

  • Date/Time:  Tuesday, Sept. 17 5:30 p.m.
  • Race Location: The Trailhead, Wirth Park
  • Sign up to volunteer here:

Adventure Run #2: Trail Loppet Age Gap Relays

  • Date/Time: Saturday, September 21, 9:20 a.m.
  • Race Location: The Trailhead, Wirth Park
  • Sign up to volunteer here:

Adventure Run #3: Stadium 18 to Trailhead 36

  • Date/Time: Thursday, September 26, 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Trailhead, Wirth Park
  • Volunteer Sign up here

Adventure Run #4: Widow Maker Single Track to Trailhead

  • Date/Time: Thursday, October 3, 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Trailhead, Wirth Park
  • Volunteer Sign Up Here

Loppet Games Saturday, October 26 Adult Volunteers Needed!

The LNR Junior Competition Team will be helping lead the small age groups that will be rotating to the various events throughout the morning. We will also need adult volunteers to help with the following areas:

  • Set up: 7:00 – 9:00 am
  • Registration: 8:45 -9:15 am
  • Loppet Games Event Stations: 9:00 – 11:30 am.
  • Snack table: 9:30 – 12:00
  • Clean up: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Location: The Trailhead, Wirth Park
  • Volunteer Sign Up Here

Kim Rudd
TRAIL KIDS Program Director
763-229-9628
trailkids@loppet.org

Todd Bauer
Assistant TRAIL KIDS Program Coach and Coordinator
trailkids@loppet.org