Loppet Trail Kids

Run & Orienteering Program


The Run & Orienteering program is part of the Loppet Foundation’s Trail Kids year-round programming.

Youth ages 7-13 will enjoy trail running on the single track and ski trails around Theodore Wirth Park as they are coached in the basics of orienteering skills. The program will also incorporate ultimate frisbee, slack line skills, and other running games as warm up activities for the main session which is focused on trail running and orienteering.

Adventure Run Race Series Participants will get a chance to partake in one of the adventure run races that are offered as part of our Trail Kids program. There will be one race scheduled for each of the three sessions scheduled during a normally scheduled practice. Participants will race with their teams at different start times throughout the evening.

Practices include the following activities:

  • Agility and strength exercises to develop age appropriate motor skills
  • Balance work with the slack line
  • Orienteering skills using orienteering maps to find hidden controls in the woods like a treasure hunt
  • Adventure Trail Race Series offers 1 mile adventure run races in the woods of Theodore Wirth Park
  • Games, relays, ultimate frisbee, and soccer mixed in throughout the sessions

Participants will need a good pair of running shoes and water bottle for each session.

Friend Requests: For safety and equity reasons, Trail Kids does not offer friend requests as part of registration. The mass quantity of friend requests made it impossible to accommodate them all and greatly impacted safety and group dynamics. We would love to allow everyone to practice with their friends, but if we cannot accommodate all friend requests, we cannot offer them to everyone. We encourage riders to embrace the opportunity to form new friendships through our programs!

Orienteering Skill Levels

Participants are assigned to coaching groups based on age and past experience with orienteering. All non-binary and trans participants are welcome in Trail Kids run/orienteering programs. When you register you can indicate the appropriate orienteering ability levels listed below:

  • White Level: Beginner with no experience in orienteering
  • Green Level: Beginner to intermediate orienteering skills: Participant has participated in at least one or two 6-week sessions of the Trail Kids orienteering program.
  • Blue Level: Intermediate to advanced orienteering skills. Participant has participated in at least three to four 6-week orienteering sessions.
  • Black Level: Advanced orienteering skills with two plus years of orienteering experience and a desire to be challenged and compete at local MNOC meet events.

New to orienteering? Check out the MNOC website here for short description of orienteering here! Check out the following article link about the Top 10  health benefits of Orienteering! For further links on introduction to orienteering and map reading learn from the Loppet orienteering expert coach JD in the following presentations:

Run/Orienteering Session 1 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Closed

  • Dates: May 10 – June 16, 2022
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: Wirth Pavilion Hill (meet at team flags)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Running shoes

Run/Orienteering Session 2 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Closed

  • Dates: June 28 – August 11, 2022 (no practice the week of July 4-8)
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: Wirth Pavilion Hill (meet at team flags)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Running shoes

Registration for our Session 3 2022 offerings will open July 1 at 8 AM

Run/Orienteering Session 3 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Full

  • Dates: September 6 – October 13, 2022
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
  • Where: Wirth Pavilion Hill (meet at team flags)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Running shoes
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Financial Assistance and Sibling Discounts

Financial Assistance: Trail Kids provides financial assistance for those in need, up to 100% of the registration cost. To apply, please fill out our Trail Kids Financial Assistance Application Form. We will follow up with you with instructions on how to register at a price that is manageable for your family. For information about Trail Kids Program scholarships email trailkids@loppet.org

Sibling Discount: For those families who have three or more kids in the program we will given a fifteen percent discount code. Please email trailkids@loppet.org for more information.

Refund Policy

The Loppet will issue a full refund of the program fee minus a $40.00 processing fee up until one month before the program starts. There are no refunds for any cancellations within one month of the start of a program. During the program, if your child has a medical issue that makes it impossible to participate, we will issue a prorated refund minus $40.00 processing fee. If the Loppet cancels a program, a full refund will be issued.

The Trail Kids Adventure Race Series is part of the Loppet Foundation’s Trail Kids year-round programming. The race series is included in the program registration fee

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