Bicycle, Trail & Paddle Challenge
October 7, 2018 at Hopatcong State Park
Choose Your Challenge…
Participate in 1, 2 or all three!
- 20, 40, 62 mile bike ride
- 5K adventure trail run/walk
- 2.5 mile paddle
Online pre-registration available until midnight on October 5th. Day of registration available starting at 7 am on Sunday, October 7th.
Come for your event(s) and stay for music, food and fun throughout the day. We are thrilled that Byrdgrass will be returning this year!
62 Mile Bike Course 8:00 am
40 Mile Bike Course 8:30 am
20 Mile Bike Course 9 am
5K Adventure Run/Walk 10:00am – 12:30pm
2.5 Mile Paddle 11:00pm -2:00pm
*Last paddler in the water at 1 pm
*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 a NOT a triathlon. Adventure 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. Join our Lake Loop Strava group and find out how you fare against other Lake Loop participants
The 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. The 62 mile bike ride will go off at 8am, the 40 at 8:30am and the 20 at 9am.
The Adventure Run/Walk 1.5 mile or 5K
The adventure run/walk will take you in and around Hopatcong State Park with challenging hilly trails, over the sandy beach and back to the finish line. Run or Walk. 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 www.saltshakersrun.com and run with them on Tuesday nights. If you are choosing the trail run/walk only, challenge yourself, see how many laps you can do! We will have a chart to track your laps.
The 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 1pm.
We have partnered with Ramsey Outdoors again this year and kayaks/paddleboards/canoes will be available for rent for $30 if pre-registered. If you rent, your kayak, paddleboard or canoe will be on the beach ready to go when you arrive.
Participants are welcome to participate multiple events. Starting times have been staggered to allow for a participants to participate in multiple events. Note that cyclists must go out with the mass start.