The virtual Lake Loop Challenge offers participants a chance to get moving, have fun, and raise funds to support a healthy community and a healthy Lake Hopatcong.
From October 8-15, our community hiked, biked, paddled, ran, swam, rowed, frisbee-golfed, moved and grooved for a combined 1,911 hours and miles of movement. Thank you to our 73 participants. We are awe-struck at the different types and amounts of activity you completed in seven days!
On the fundraising side, our $50,000 goal is within sight, and we are leaving our donation page open through Friday, October 18. You can help us reach our goal by making your contribution HERE.
Award and Prizes
Congratulations again to the following teams and individuals who were awarded prizes at our October 17 Awards Ceremony and Celebration at Hopatcong State Park.
Individual that completed the most hours (winner of a $200 Ramsey Gift Card):
Danielle Hodgman: 55 hours of walking
Individual that completed the most miles (winner of a $200 Marty’s Reliable Cycle Gift Card):
Dave Rubenstein: 158.7 miles of mostly rowing
Individual that raised the most funds (winner of a $250 Cycle Craft Gift Card):
Doug Palen $790 from 10 donors to his individual fundraising page
Kid that raised the most money (winner of free miniature Golf at Lake Hopatcong Golf Club):
- Julia Ireland raised $156 from 6 donors
- The Kids of Team BRING-BRING The Kids Along raised $890 to their team page by 13 donors
Team that completed the most hours (winners of a free kayak rental for up to 5 at Lakes-End Marina):
Loops, I Did It Again: 125 hours
Team that completed the most miles (winners of an experience package with Northeast Mountain Guiding):
The Lake Cruisers 361.2 miles
Team that raised the most money (winners of a private cruise aboard the Miss Lotta):
#OFFTHERICHTER raised $1,401
Many thanks again to all who participated in or supported a participant in this year’s Virtual Lake Loop Challenge, which supports our mission of protecting the environment and enhancing the experience on New Jersey’s largest lake!
Registered participants are the wheels that keep the Lake Loop fundraiser rolling! As a thank you for being part of the event, every 2 weeks, we’ll enter all participants in a drawing to win a prize - just for registering! Register early and have a better shot at winning more prizes. If your name is pulled in the first round, you can still win in the second and third.
Registered participants will also receive a voucher for lunch and one free beer (21 and older) at our October 17 Awards ceremony & celebration at Hopatcong State Park, which will have music, refreshments, and camaraderie around a great virtual event and job well done!
Each week, we will have a drawing for a prize, just for signing up!
Want to donate to your own fundraising page or someone else’s? Click the DONATE button on the top of the RunSignUp page and scroll to find all participants and teams. Give one a click to read about their personal challenge and support them! Or you can scroll to the bottom of that page to make a donation to the event.
All money raised will support the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s many programs and initiatives focused on fostering a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and its surrounding community. Those efforts include advocating on behalf of the lake in Trenton, preventing the spread of invasive species, improving on-the-water safety, bringing lake education and programming to the community, and increasing recreational opportunities, and more!
When registering, a fundraising page will automatically be generated for you that you will be prompted to personalize. Add your photo, a catchy tagline, a goal, your story. We encourage everyone to take a minute and have a little fun filling out this section. When you're done registering, you'll receive two emails, one confirming your registration and one with your unique fundraising page link. This is the link to share with your support network of friends, family, and neighbors, so they can make a donation in support of your activity. They can also make a donation by clicking "donate" on the registration page (which can also be earmarked to you).
For this year's Virtual Lake Loop Challenge, our own executive director, Kyle Richter, will run 1 mile for every $50 donated to his Lake Loop team, #OFFTHERICHTER! Find out more at Are You up to the Challenge?
Have friends participating in the Virtual Lake Loop Challenge? Consider creating or joining a team! During registration, you'll be prompted to create a team or join a pre-existing one. Give your team a catchy name, a story, and photo. Teams will also be prompted to set a fundraising goal, and friends can choose to donate to you, or to your team.
*Did you register without joining a team and want to join one after the fact? Here are the steps to do so:
1. Click the icon in the top right of the SignupGenius registration page
2. Select Profile from the dropdown
3. Select Upcoming Events
4. You should see the Virtual Lake Loop Challenge and a “Manage Registration” link. Click that link.
5. Look for “Group/Team” in your registration details, and click that link.
6. From the pop-up, select “Join Existing Group/Team”
7. Either select a Group/Team from the dropdown or Search Groups/Teams
8. Click Continue
RunSignUp is where you’ll go to log your activity: activity measured in hours and activity measured in miles. You can submit multiple times! Look for the “Submit Your Activities Here” button.
There are many ways your company can become a sponsor of the Virtual Lake Loop Challenge! All levels of sponsorship include acknowledgment on our website and our e-newsletter, and many include complimentary event registration, which gives participants the opportunity to have fun, get active, and win prizes. Please see our sponsorship package for more information and call/email Caitlin at 973-663-2500 or Caitlin@lakehopatcongfoundation.org if you have any questions