Lake Loop returns on Sunday, October 11, at scenic Hopatcong State Park offering participants the chance to challenge themselves with bike, run, and paddle options, while raising the funds critically needed to continue the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s work protecting the lake environment and enhancing the lake experience on and around New Jersey’s largest lake.
BIKE and enjoy picturesque lake views on a 20-, 40-, or 62-mile scenic bike ride.
RUN/walk our unique 1.5-mile or 5k trail, which takes you into the foothills and over the sandy beach at Hopatcong State Park.
PADDLE our 2.5-mile course along the beautiful shores of Lake Hopatcong. You can bring your own kayak/canoe/paddleboard or rent one from us!
Start/course times will be staggered to allow for participation in multiple events. Each activity will begin and end at Hopatcong State Park in Landing, NJ, where participants can take in beautiful views of the lake they are helping to protect and improve.
The post-event celebration in the park - complete with food, music, and camaraderie - has always been a big part of the Lake Loop experience. With the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, we cannot promise that this year will look exactly like years past; however, we can tell you that we are planning for a post-event that has your safety in mind, and will include a bit of food and refreshment and a free event t-shirt for all participants!
Lake Loop is the perfect activity for friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors. Why register alone when you can have more fun and raise more money as a team? Name your team something clever, funny, or inspiring and encourage your favorite folks to join or root for your team! Each day, top fundraisers will be recognized on our leaderboard. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers.
Proceeds from Lake Loop support the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s programs and initiatives in the areas of environment, education, public safety, recreation, arts and culture, and historic preservation. Click HERE to learn more.
This year, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation has partnered with Medalist Sports, to ensure a great experience for participants and spectators that is also in compliance with Current COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures. In addition, a portion of each registration fee from this year’s event will go towards COVID-19 relief efforts in our local community.
The Lake Loop 20-mile bike course is great for all levels and traverses clockwise around the lake offering stunning lake views as well as many historical sites and homes.
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 difficult terrain.
Maps, cue sheets, stocked rest stops, SAG support, and fully marked routes are provided.
*All minors must be accompanied by an adult
Event Times: 62-mile riders start at 8 am and 20/40-mile riders start at 9 am.
20-mile course – Average Recreational Cyclist – Beyond just bike riding in your neighborhood, but most average, fit people who are comfortable on the bike can finish easily.
40-mile course – Challenge for Average Person: If you can do the 20-mile, and you have ridden these distances in the past, you can challenge yourself with the 40-mile option.
62-mile course – Experienced Cyclist: Includes all the hills plus 20 additional miles of very scenic terrain.
Safety Check: Helmets are required for all cyclists.
This unique trail run/walk will take you in and around Hopatcong State Park with challenging hilly trails, over a sandy beach, and back to the finish line. The varied terrain makes this course fun and interesting and will give you a new appreciation for Hopatcong State Park. The course is 1.5 miles long for those who want a quick loop. Those running the 5k will complete the circuit twice. Bring the kids, this is a great event for families!
Event Times: Runners will be able to enter the course any time between 10 am and noon. The course closes at 1 pm.
Course Duration: The full 5k course (twice around) takes approximately 25-45 minutes for runners and 45-75 minutes for walkers. A single loop for the 1.5-mile distance should take about half the time.
You don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the Lake Loop Paddle, a casual, on-the-water event on beautiful Lake Hopatcong. Navigate the course at your own pace, making the 2.5-mile experience as relaxing or challenging as you desire.
Bring or rent your own one or two-person kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. Paddle craft may be reserved and rented during the registration process for just $20. Please note that the $20 rental fee is per vessel; however, each participant in the vessel must be registered for the event (as in the case of a tandem kayak or two-person canoe).
Event Times: Paddlers may enter the course any time between 11 am and 1 pm. The course closes at 2 pm.
Course Duration: The course takes approximately 40 minutes for the average paddler.
Off-Loading Service: Assistance will be available to help off-load crafts and bring them to the water prior to the event start.
Boat Wash: There will be a boat-washing station, with volunteers on hand to assist with washing. Paddle crafts must be scrubbed down to assure that no invasive species enter Lake Hopatcong. Boats are washed in a mild water and bleach solution.
Safety Check: Coast Guard-approved life jackets are required for all paddling participants.
Course Safety: Safety personnel will be patrolling the course with wave runners and in kayaks. In addition, a water rescue boat and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available for assistance if required.
62-mile bike course – 8 am start
20/40-mile bike course – 9 am start (20/40 cyclists may start early with the 62-mile riders)
5K trail run/walk – 10 am – 1 pm (participants must start course by 12 pm)
2.5-mile paddle – 11 pm – 2 pm (participants must start course by 1 pm)
* Start times have been staggered to allow for participation in multiple events. Please note that cyclists must go out at scheduled start times. The run and paddle courses will be open for 3 hours each to provide for staggered use. If you return from one event before the next course opens there will be food and fun to enjoy while you wait.
* subject to change
Teamwork makes the dream work! Why register alone when you can register as a team? The Lake Loop is the perfect activity for friends, families, and coworkers. Register your team and encourage your favorite folks to join the fun!
Teams and individuals are strongly encouraged to fundraise for the cause. Proceeds from Lake Loop benefit the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and its numerous programs and initiatives aimed at fostering a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and its surrounding community.
Each day, the top fundraising individuals and teams will be recognized on our leader board. Prizes will be awarded at the event for top fundraisers.
Volunteers Needed! With so many moving parts, Lake Loop takes a lot of volunteers to make it run smoothly. If you are interested in lending a hand, please visit our VOLUNTEER page to sign up.