Lake Loop offers participants a chance to get moving, have fun, and raise funds to support a healthy community and a healthy Lake Hopatcong.
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.
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.
Can't join us? Support this year's Lake Loop by donating to any individual or team!
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
All registrants will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card from our partner, Ramsey Outdoor Stores, just for signing up!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Info and tips for cyclists
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.
Info and tips for 5k trail runners/walkers
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.
Info and tips for paddlers
No, the Lake Loop offers participants different options for getting active and supporting a healthy and vibrant Lake Hopatcong through their registration and fundraising.
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.
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!
In the spirit of coming together to enjoy and celebrate our lake, the event is in-person for 2022, with no virtual option.
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.
Yes, participants can register onsite but will miss the opportunity to win fundraising and pre-registration prizes.
All parking is at Hopatcong State Park. A volunteer will be available to assist you at the front gate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, your t-shirt, food, and drink vouchers will be available at check-in on the day of the event.
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.
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.
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.
All paddlers must wear a PFD (personal flotation device), which they are expected to bring with them unless they are renting from Ramsey Outdoor.
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.
Lunch (sandwiches, including vegetarian) will be available from 11 am -1 pm.
The beer tent will be available starting at 11 am.
Yes, Hopatcong State Park and the Lake Loop are dog friendly, however, dogs are not allowed on the beach.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.