Lake Loop offers participants a chance to get moving, have fun, and raise funds to support a healthy community and a healthy Lake Hopatcong. 



Choose your challenge!


Join us on Sunday, October 2 for our annual Bike/Run/Paddle challenge at Hopatcong State Park. Back to an in-person event, participants can choose from a:
 
  • 62-mile bike ride
  • 40-mile bike ride
  • 20-mile bike ride
  • 2.5-mile paddle
  • 5K trail run/walk

Get active, have fun, and raise funds for a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and community. Registration is $50 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Included with your registration is a t-shirt (finisher’s medal for children), great food, cold brews, live music by the Biglin Gang, and fun at Hopatcong State Park.

Register

Besides being entered in a drawing just for registering, participants are once again eligible to win prizes for the most funds raised as an individual and as a team. When you register, a fundraising page will be automatically set up and sent to you via email.

Fundraise

Can't join us? Support this year's Lake Loop by donating to any individual or team! 

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  • SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

    Full schedule of events
    7:00 am - Registration open, bagels and coffee available
    8:00 am - 62-Mile Bike Start
    9:00 am - 40-Mile Bike Start
    9:30 am - 20-Mile Bike Start
    10:00 am - 2.5-Mile Paddle Start
    10:30 am - 5k Trail Run/Walk Start
    11:00 am - Live Music (The Biglin Gang), Lunch Available
    12:00 pm - Prizes Announced 

  • PRIZES
    All registrants

    All registrants will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card from our partner, Ramsey Outdoor Stores, just for signing up!

    Fundraisers, $100 or more

    Everyone who raises $100 or more (in addition to their registration fees) will be entered in a drawing for a fun and festive Margaritaville First-Look bicycle, donated by Kent Bicycles.

    Top fundraising individual

    Bike-Run-Paddlers Dream Package
    - A Citizen 2 19” bicycle, courtesy of Jamis Bikes.
    - Kayaking for you and 5 Friends from Lake’s End Marina.
    - Pair of running shoes and professional shoe fitting from Runner’s Root.

    Top fundraising team 

    Cruisin’ for The Cause Package
    Compliments of Lake Hopatcong Cruises, your team will enjoy a FREE CRUISE of Lake Hopatcong aboard the Miss Lotta, with light refreshments.

    Thank you and many thanks to all of our prize donors and sponsors!

  • FUNDRAISE FOR THE CAUSE 

    Fundraising is simple! After you’ve completed your registration, a fundraising page will automatically be created for you. You can update your page with personal pictures and information. Post your fundraising page on social media and/or send it to friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to support your bike, run, or paddle!

    Fundraising helps the Lake Hopatcong Foundation foster a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and its surrounding community with programs and initiatives in the areas of advocacy, environment, education, and community. 

    Are you volunteering for the event? Email Caitlin@lakehopatcongfoundation.org and we can create a volunteer fundraising page for you!

    Fundraising

  • RIDE DETAILS 

    The 20-mile cycling course takes you over rolling terrain that, as the name Lake Loop suggests, loops the lake and offers views best appreciated from a bicycle. This course is great for experienced cyclists, weekend warriors, and riders looking to pace themselves alike.

    For experienced cyclists looking for more of a challenge, the 40- and 62-mile courses include hilly extensions north of the lake, through the towns of Sparta and Ogdensburg. They feature their own awesome views, as you travel over streams, around forested preserves, and through town centers. 

    Age restrictions: while we do not have age restrictions in place for our rides, due to the nature of the courses, which include busy intersections, tricky turns, and some strenuous hills, they are NOT recommended for riders younger than 16 years old, and those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    20-mile cycling route
    40-mile cycling route
    62- mile cycling route

    Info and tips for cyclists

    • To contact the Support And Gear (SAG) Vehicle, call Jessica: 973-559-3468
    • To ensure all participants have been accounted for, we ask cyclists to “check out” post-ride at the same table where they checked in.
    • To accommodate those who might need a little extra time to complete their ride, 20 milers may start with the 40 milers, and both may start with the 62 milers.
    • Cyclists will be required to sign one additional waiver, which you can print, sign, and bring with you to save time. 
    • Riders under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult; the course is not recommended for those younger than 16 years old.
    • Helmets must be worn and we ask all cyclists to follow proper passing etiquette.
    • This is not a race! Enjoy your ride, take in the views, challenge yourself on hill climbs, but above all, use caution. The roads around the lake can be narrow and winding, the turns sharp – but the feeling when you finish can’t be beat!
  • RUN/WALK DETAILS 

    This unique trail run will take you in and around Hopatcong State Park with challenging hilly trails, over the sandy beach, and back to the finish line.  The varied terrain will be fun and interesting and will give you a new appreciation for Hopatcong State Park. The course is approximately 1.5-miles long and those running the 5k will complete the course twice.

    trail run map

    Info and tips for 5k trail runners/walkers

    • The 5K is not a race, nor is it timed; however, free to time yourself using your preferred fitness app or consider joining our Lake Loop Strava club.
    • This is a fun, funky, and challenging course through the state park: up along the trails, down past the soccer fields, past the sandy beach, to the fountain, and back.
    • 2 laps = a 5K
    • Follow the cones, signs, and trail marshals to stay on course.
    • Use caution when running past the paddling area
    • There will be one water stop, near the beach
    • There are two “turn around” points on the course, one past the soccer field and one at the Fountain.
  • PADDLE DETAILS 

    Paddle around the lake on a 2.5-mile course.  Push off and experience the peaceful beauty of Lake Hopatcong. The course will be marked and patrolled for a safe and fun day of paddling. Participants may use their own kayaks/paddleboards/canoes at their own risk.  Life jackets are required for all paddling participants. Tandem kayaks are welcome, however, each participant must be registered.

    We have partnered with Ramsey Outdoors again this year and a limited number of kayaks will be available for rent during the registration process. If you rent, your kayak will be on the beach ready to go when you arrive.

    Paddle Course

    Info and tips for paddlers

    • The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is an organization that promotes the use of personal flotation devices (PFDs), and as such, requires them to be worn as part of our event. Thank you for helping us promote a safer lake!
    • All minors must be accompanied by an adult on the water.
    • Boat wash stations will be placed near the launch for a quick wipe-down, which helps prevent the introduction of invasive species to our lake.
    • The course follows a series of yellow buoys, clockwise, out to Bertrand Island, around King Cove, and back to the State Park. Several course marshals will be on the water to provide guidance and assistance.
    • Two NJ State Police safety boats will be patrolling the course to help any paddler in distress.
    • We ask all paddlers to check-in and check-out down at the water (in addition to checking in at registration) to help us ensure all paddlers come off the water safely.
  • STRAVA

    Lake Loop is not a timed event, however, participants are welcome to time themselves (and often do)! Check out our Lake Loop community on Strava, a popular app for tracking your activity.

    Lake Loop Strava Group

  • FAQs
    Is the Lake Loop a triathlon?

    No, the Lake Loop offers participants different options for getting active and supporting a healthy and vibrant Lake Hopatcong through their registration and fundraising.

    Can I sign-up for multiple activities?

    No, starting in 2022, the Lake Loop shifted to a “choose your challenge” event, where participants are asked to choose one activity from a choice of cycling, running/walking, or paddling.

    Is the Lake Loop timed?

    The Lake Loop is not a race and is therefore not timed by the host organization; however, many participants time themselves via fitness apps, and there is a Lake Loop Strava Club where one can see how their participation measures up!

    Is there a virtual option for 2022?

    In the spirit of coming together to enjoy and celebrate our lake, the event is in-person for 2022, with no virtual option.

    How much is registration and what’s included?

    Adult registration is $50 and children are only $15. Adult registration includes a t-shirt, lunch, and one free beer (21+). Children’s registration includes a t-shirt, lunch, and a finisher’s medal. All registrants are entered in a drawing to win a $100 Ramsey Outdoor gift card.

    Can I register the day of the event?

    Yes, participants can register onsite but will miss the opportunity to win fundraising and pre-registration prizes.

    Where do I park?

    All parking is at Hopatcong State Park. A volunteer will be available to assist you at the front gate.

    Do I have to fundraise to participate?

    Fundraising is not required to participate, however, proceeds from the event support the Lake Hopatcong Foundation's efforts toward a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and surrounding community. And, through the generosity of our sponsors, there are some amazing prizes as incentives for fundraising.  

    What prizes are being awarded for fundraising?

    Fundraisers, $100 or more: everyone who raises $100 or more (in addition to their registration fees) will be entered in a drawing for a fun and festive Margaritaville First-Look bicycle, donated by Kent Bicycles.

    Top fundraising individual: Bike-Run-Paddlers Dream Package, which includes a Citizen 2 19” bicycle, courtesy of Jamis Bikes; kayaking for you and 5 Friends from Lake’s End Marina; and a pair of running shoes and professional shoe fitting from Runner’s Root.

    Top fundraising team: Cruisin’ for The Cause Package. Compliments of Lake Hopatcong Cruises, your team will enjoy a FREE CRUISE of Lake Hopatcong aboard the Miss Lotta, with light refreshments.

    Are there any age restrictions?

    No, there are no age restrictions for the Lake Loop; however, minors must be accompanied by an adult, and we do not recommend the cycling routes for individuals younger than sixteen years of age. For those renting kayaks from us, we do not carry life jackets for individuals less than 90 lbs.

    Is the event rain or shine?

    The Lake Loop is rain or shine, however, if the weather forecast is severe or dangerous (hurricane, all-day thunderstorms, driving rains etc.) and we are forced to adjust the timing of the event or cancel, an email will go out to all participants on Friday. Participants will have the option to request a refund or donate their registration fees, and t-shirts will be made available for pick-up.

    Will a registration packet be mailed to me?

    No, your t-shirt, food, and drink vouchers will be available at check-in on the day of the event.

    Will a Support and Gear (SAG) Vehicle be made available for cyclists?

    Yes, if you experience a mechanical issue, breakdown, or cannot complete the route and need to reach the SAG vehicle, call Jessica at 973-559-3468. For emergencies, call 9-1-1.

    Where can I find the cycling/paddling/running routes?

    A GPS route and downloadable cue sheets of the cycling routes are available in the dropdown section lakeloop.org, as is an overall map of the paddling and 5K course.

    How are the courses marked?

    The cycling routes are marked with road paint. 62-mile = orange; 40-mile = pink; 20-mile = green. Tricky turns and major intersections will also have directional lawn signs, to help cyclists stay on track.

    The paddling route is marked with yellow buoys meant to be followed clockwise back to the State Park.

    The running route is marked with directional lawn signs and cheerleaders to help guide participants.

    Are life jackets mandatory?

    All paddlers must wear a PFD (personal flotation device), which they are expected to bring with them unless they are renting from Ramsey Outdoor.

    Is the park (and boat ramp) open to the public during the event? 

    Yes, the park and its amenities will be open to the public. Participants are advised to watch out for others while on the trails, and while paddling near the boat launch.

    What time does lunch start?

    Lunch (sandwiches, including vegetarian) will be available from 11 am -1 pm.

    When time is the beer tent open?

    The beer tent will be available starting at 11 am.

    Is the event dog friendly?

    Yes, Hopatcong State Park and the Lake Loop are dog friendly, however, dogs are not allowed on the beach.

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

    It "takes a village” to make Lake Loop run smoothly, especially with so much activity along our bike, paddle, and running routes. We need volunteers for help with everything from checking-in participants, to guiding them along their respective routes, to staffing the rest stops, and more. This is guaranteed to be a fulfilling day of giving back, at a beautiful spot – and your lunch and t-shirt are on us!

    If you have questions about the day, please don’t hesitate to email Caitlin@lakehopatcongfoundation.org or call 973-663-2500.

    SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER 

  • SPONSORSHIPS 

    A selection of sponsorships are available for Lake Loop 2022, providing a valuable publicity opportunity within the Lake Hopatcong community spanning four towns and two counties and beyond. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s programs and initiatives in the areas of advocacy, environment, education, and community.

    For more information, contact Caitlin Doran at 973-663-2500 or caitlin@lakehopatcongfoundation.org.

    Lake Loop 2022 Sponsorship Packet

Thank you to our 2022 Lake Loop Sponsors and Partners!
 

Presenting Sponsors 

 

         


Health & Wellness Sponsors 
 
                
 
Challenge Sponsor
 

   

Activity Sponsor 

 
 


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