Online Pre-Registration closes at midnight on October 7th. Day of registration available starting at 7am on Sunday, October 9th.
Bicycle, Trail & Paddle Challenge
October 9, 2016
Hopatcong State Park
260 Lakeside Blvd
Landing, NJ 07850
About the event...Come enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Hopatcong on a 20, 40 or 62 mile scenic bike ride, and/or 1.5 mile or 5K adventure trail run/walk and/or a beautiful paddle on the lake itself. NEW this year we have added a dog walk option for participants. Participate in one, two or three events to discover and celebrate some of the many ways to enjoy Lake Hopatcong. This event will NOT be timed, come challenge yourself and GET FIT for Lake Hopatcong. Starting times have been staggered to allow participants to participate in multiple events. Have fun, challenge yourself, and help raise money to support projects for this spectacular lake. All events will begin and end at the beautiful, historic Hopatcong State Park in Landing, NJ. Come for your events and stay for Music, Food and Fun throughout the day.
The Bike Ride
The cycling course will go clockwise around the lake and consist of approximately 20 miles of rolling terrain. This is a great course for experienced cyclists, weekend warriors or riders who want to stretch their legs and enjoy the ride. As the name suggests this route loops the lake and offers many lake views that you can truly appreciate from a bike. Along the way you can also appreciate some of the amazing homes and historic sites as you ride. Although you may have driven some of these roads, they will seem very different when enjoyed from the saddle of a bike. This course is not flat but, there are no significant hills that might deter those looking for an enjoyable ride. This is not a race. Go at your own pace and enjoy the ride.
If you are an experienced cyclist who is looking for more of a challenge, the 40 and 62 mile courses include a hilly extension added to the 20 mile course. You’ll enjoy the same amazing scenery while challenging yourself with the additional mileage as well as the more challenging terrain. No trikes or training wheeled bicycles allowed. Helmets are required. The 62 mile bike ride will go off at 8am, the 40 at 8:30am and the 20 at 9am.
The Adventure Run/Walk 1.5 mile or 5K
The adventure fun run/walk will take you in and around Hopatcong State Park with challenging hilly trails, over the sandy beach and back to the finish line. This is also not a race. Run or Walk. The varied terrain will be fun and interesting and will give you a new appreciation for Hopatcong State Park. Presented by members of Salt Shakers trail running club, this course promises to be one of the more unique run/walks you’ve participated in. The course is 1.5 miles long and those running the 5k will run/walk the course twice. Learn more about the Salt Shakers Running Club by checking them out www.saltshakersrun.com and run with them on Tuesday nights! If you are choosing the trail run/walk only, challenge yourself, see how many laps you can do! We will have a chart to track your laps.
Bring your furry friend and tackle the adventure trail run/walk course. You will have a choice to walk 1.5 miles or do the lap twice and complete the 5k course. You will be expected to clean up after your dog so please come prepared. Dogs must be on a 6ft. leash. We will be collecting food and supplies at the event to donate to a local shelter. The dog walk course will be open between 8am-10:30am on the day of the event. All dogs must be off the course by 10:30am as the runners will be starting the same course at 11am.
The Lake Paddle
Paddle around the lake on a 2.5 mile course. Enjoy the perspective paddling quietly through the water. Push off and experience the peaceful quiet beauty of Lake Hopatcong. Presented by The Lake Hopatcong Paddling Club, club members will mark and patrol the course to provide a safe and fun day of paddling. Participants may use their own kayaks/paddleboards/canoes at their own risk. Coast guard approved life jackets are required for all paddling participants. Tandem kayaks are welcome but, each participant must be registered. The paddling course will be open from 12-3pm. The last paddler will be allowed to enter the course at 2pm. If participants would like to paddle after the course is closed they can go into the Hopatcong State Park offices, pay the boat launch fee and paddle at their own risk.
Kayaks/paddleboards/canoes will be available for rent for $30 if pre-registered.
Participants are welcome to participate in 1 or up to 3 events but, this is NOT a triathlon. This event will NOT be timed, come challenge yourself and GET FIT for Lake Hopatcong. For those wanting to choose 3 events our Lake Loop experts recommend the 20 mile bike ride, 5k adventure run and 2.5 kayak course. Starting times have been staggered to allow for a participants to participate in multiple events. Note that cyclists must go out with the mass start, the dog walk course is open from 8-10:30, the paddling course will be open from 12-3 (last paddler in the water at 2pm).
Come for your events and stay for Music, Food and Fun throughout the day. We are thrilled that Byrdgrass will be returning this year!
Get Fit for the Lake!
Online registration ends 10/7/2016 (midnight). Pre-Registration is FREE, all that we ask is that you raise a minimum of $45 for the cause by the day of the event. During the registration process you will be directed to start or join a team fundraising page on Crowdrise. Fundraise right up until the day of the event. Our fundraising goal for this event is $50,000 and monies raised will go towards projects and initiatives that directly improve all aspects of Lake Hopatcong’s environment and community. Check out our website for more details on the AMAZING work the LHF is doing: www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org. Day of Event Registration is a $65.00 flat fee and opens at 7am on October 9th.
When you preregister and create your own fundraising page, reach out to friends and family to support you on your journey. Prizes will be awarded for fundraising accomplishments. Reach the $500+ level and become a Lake Loop VIP! See the GET FIT tab below for more details on your fundraising commitment and the exciting prizes and VIP experience! Need some help with your fundraising efforts, check out our Fundraising Toolkit.
Lake Loop 2016 includes prizes for top individual fundraisers and for the team captain, stocked rest stops, cue sheets, mechanical support, door prizes, SAG vehicle, post-ride music, tour map of historical landmarks on route, food and fun! First wave leaves at 8:00am from Hopatcong State Park. An adult parent or guardian must accompany each participant younger than 18. The bike and run will go on rain or shine, the paddling portion of the event may be cancelled if weather conditions are not safe for participants. All fees and donations are non-refundable.
62 Mile Bike Course 8:00 am
40 Mile Bike Course 8:30 am
20 Mile Bike Course 9 am
Dog Walk 8:00am - 10:30am
*Dogs must be off the course by 10:30am
5K Adventure Run/Walk 11:00 am
2.5 Mile Paddle 12:00-3:00 pm
*Last paddler in the water at 2pm
*If you are participating in multiple events and don’t make it back for the mass start scheduled above you can join the route upon your return. If you return from cycling or the trail run/walk before the mass start of your next event enjoy the food and fun we have planned while you wait for the next event to start. Remember, this is a NOT a triathlon. The Dog Walk course will be open between 8am-10:30am as we want to get our furry friends off the course before our runners/walkers start. Paddle Course is open from 12pm-3pm. The last paddler can enter the course at 2pm.