Lake Loop 2019 offers participants bike, run and paddle challenges on Sunday, October 13 at Hopatcong State Park.  Enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful Lake Hopatcong while participating in one, two or all three events in support of New Jersey’s largest lake. Come challenge yourself and then relax while enjoying great local food, a beer tent (permit #72563), live entertainment and more!

Lake Loop is an and-or-athon, a fun athletic endeavor consisting of three different events; where you can choose to participate in one, two, or all three.

Challenge yourself with

  • a 20-, 40- or 62-mile scenic bike ride
  • and-or a 1.5-mile or 5K timed trail run/walk
  • and-or a 2.5-mile lake paddle

The choice is yours!

Event times are staggered to allow participants to choose one or any combination of activities.

Online Pre-Registration closes at midnight, October 11. Day of registration will be available starting at 7 am on Sunday, October 13.

Events, music, food, fun, and more!

Maps, cue sheets, stocked rest stops, SAG support and fully marked routes provided.  Great local food, beer tent (permit #72563), live music, massages, and photo booth available.  Come for your events and stay for the music, food, and fun!  Families are encouraged to attend. Kids 12 and under FREE accompanied by a paid adult.

Event Start Times:

62 Mile Bike Course – 8 am

20/40 Mile Bike Course – 9 am  (20/40 cyclists can start early with the 60-mile riders)

5K Timed Run – 10 am – 12:30 pm  (Run/Walk mass start at 10:00)

2.5 Mile Paddle – 11 pm -2 pm  (Last paddler in the water at 1 pm)

*Participants are welcome to participate in multiple events.  Starting times have been staggered to allow for participation in multiple events.  Note that cyclists must go out with the mass start.  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 NOT a triathlon. Trail Run/Walk course is open from 10 am-12:30 pm.  Paddle course is open from 11 pm-2 pm.  The last paddler can enter the course at 1 pm.

Sponsorship opportunities

A selection of sponsorships are available for Lake Loop 2019, providing a valuable publicity opportunity within the Lake Hopatcong community spanning four towns and two counties along with many surrounding areas. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s programs and initiatives aimed at fostering and encouraging a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and its surrounding community.


Trophies for top finishers

Trophies will be awarded for top finishers in the trail run and bike hill climb categories.  We will be using Strava to track top finishers of the hill climbs on the bike route.  Download the Strava app on your phone and join the Lake Loop group on or before the event day.  The run will be timed, start to finish, each lap is 1.5 miles and participants wanting to complete the 5k will need to complete the route twice.

Fundraise for the cause

Fundraising is simple! After you’ve completed the registration process, a fundraising page will automatically be created for you.  Post your fundraising page on social media and-or send it to friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to help you reach your goal. Fundraising helps makes Lake Loop a success. All donations go to the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and fostering a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and its surrounding community. Get together with your friends and fundraise as a team, it’s always more fun as a team (see team incentives below)!

NEW!  Team Incentives

Create a team and fundraise for the cause.  If your fundraising team raises $1000 you will have your own, exclusive tent at the event with your team name on it! Stocked with drinks and goodies, you can relax and regroup there as your team powers through the events of the day.  Registration fees do NOT count towards fundraising incentives. 

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.

20-Mile Course:

40-Mile Course:

62-Mile Course:

Strava Bike Timing – For those bikers who would like to be involved, we will be using Strava to track top finishers of the hill climbs on the bike route. Top finishers will receive recognition.

5k trail run

This timed trail run, sanctioned by the USATF, 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. 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 and run with them on Tuesday nights.

Lake paddle

Paddle around the lake on a 2.5-mile course.  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 11-2pm.  The last paddler will be allowed to enter the course at 1 pm.

We have partnered with Ramsey Outdoors again this year and kayaks/paddleboards/canoes will be available for rent for $20 if pre-registered.  If you rent, your kayak, paddleboard or canoe will be on the beach ready to go when you arrive.

Volunteers needed

It takes a lot of people to make this fun-filled day a success!  Volunteer with a friend and double your fun.

Signing up to volunteer is as simple as…

1. If you have never volunteered with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, please fill out a volunteer registration form.


2. Then click below to select your time slot from the list of opportunities. (If you’ve already filled out a registration form with us in the past, you can start with step 2!)


3. Our volunteer coordinator will contact you once we receive your information!