October 7, 2018, Hopatcong State Park

There’s something for everyone at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s annual bike, run, paddle challenge.  Enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful Lake Hopatcong while participating one, two or all three events in support of New Jersey’s largest lake. Come challenge yourself and then stay and relax with great local food, a beer tent (1st beer included) (NJ permit #63988), live music, photo booth, massage and more – all included with your registration!

CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE… Participate in 1, 2 or all 3 events!

  1. 20-, 40- or 62-mile scenic bike ride (Strava timing on hill climbs available, top finisher recognition)
  2. 5K or 1.5-mile trail run (Sanctioned 5k with awards presented)
  3. 2.5-mile paddle on the lake (Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards available for rent)

Event starting times are staggered to allow participants to participate in multiple events. All events will begin and end at Hopatcong State Park in Landing, NJ.

NEW this year… 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.  AND, our 5K is now sanctioned and all runners will be timed with awards presented at the end.

After crossing the finish line(s), stay and enjoy plenty of live entertainment, food, a beer tent (first beer included with registration. Second beer $5.00. Two beer max. ID required.), massages, photo booth, hula hoop party and more!

Online pre-registration is available with early bird pricing of $40 through Friday, August 31, and regular pricing of $45 through Friday, October 5. Day of registration will be available for $65 starting at 7 am on Sunday, October 7.


A selection of sponsorships are available for Lake Loop 2018, providing a valuable publicity opportunity within the Lake Hopatcong community spanning four towns and two counties along with many surrounding areas.

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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.

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!)

Volunteer Opportunities Form 

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

Fundraise for the Cause

After you’ve completed the registration process, a fundraising page will automatically be created for you.  Post your fundraising page on social media and send it to friends, family and colleagues to encourage them to help you reach your goal.  Earn incentives for reaching fundraising goals starting at $100. Become a Lake Loop VIP when you raise $500 or more!  If you have chosen the ‘Bike, Run, Paddle for the Cause’ zero registration fee option, you will have a $50 fundraising minimum that you will need to meet prior to the event.  All other registration types do NOT have fundraising minimum requirements.

In addition to the challenges participants face on October 7, Live the Lake NJ, our event sponsor, has also challenged participants to kick their fundraising into gear before the summer comes to an end, with a $5,000 matching donation for money raised before September 22. So for the next couple of weeks—or until we hit our $5,000 target—every dollar you raise for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation will double.

Bonus: It also means you can get to the $500 VIP incentive level in half the time if you can raise $250 before Sept. 22! What do our fundraising VIPs receive? In addition to the Lake Loop T-shirt, they get a cooling sports towel and goodie bag, a pre-ride bike check from a local mechanic, a VIP concierge with perks such as baked treats, fruits, and drinks, and the ability to jump the line for a massage from our on-site masseuse. Those who raise $1,000 or more receive a Lake Loop cooler, too!

$100 – Cooling Sports Towel
$500 –  Lake Loop Sports Goodie Bag  and LHF Lake Loop VIP Access
$1000 – Lake Loop Cooler and LHF Lake Loop VIP Access

Team Leader Prize – Once your team has 10 members or reaches $1000 in fundraising dollars the team leader earns a Lake Hopatcong Blanket.

VIP access – Enjoy a pre-ride bike check from a local mechanic. Exciting goodie bag that includes the prizes you’ve earned.  At the onsite VIP tent, our VIP concierge will pamper you with many day of event perks like homemade baked treats, fruit and drinks. Relax with a massage from our on-site masseuse.

Proceeds for Lake Loop 2018 will go to the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s efforts to improve Lake Hopatcong for all, now and in the years to come.

Bike Ride

The bike 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. This course is not flat but, there are no significant hills that might deter those looking for an enjoyable ride.

While Lake Loop is a Ride, not a Race, the event offers some competitive challenges.  The timed climbs represent the most significant climbs on the routes. We will be using Strava to track top finishers of the hill climbs on the bike route.  If you would like to participate Download the Strava app on your phone and join the Lake Loop group on event day.  From the data collected in Strava we will award prizes to the top finishers.

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.

Maps, cue sheets, stocked rest stops, SAG support and fully marked routes provided. No trikes or training wheeled bicycles allowed. Helmets are required.

62-mile bike course – 8:00 am
40-mile bike course – 8:30 am
20-mile bike course – 9:00 am

20-mile cue sheet       40-mile cue sheet        62-mile cue sheet

5K Trail Run

The trail 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.  The 5k trail run is sanctioned by USATF and will be timed with awards presented at the end.

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

5K trail run map

Lake Paddle

Push off and experience the peaceful quiet beauty of Lake Hopatcong as you paddle a 2.5-mile course. Presented by the Lake Hopatcong Paddlers, club members will mark and patrol the course to provide a safe and fun day of paddling. Participants may use their own kayaks/paddle boards/canoes at their own risk. Kayaks/paddle boards/canoes will be available for rent from Ramsey Outdoor for $20 if pre-registered. If you rent, your kayak, paddle board or canoe will be on the beach ready to go when you arrive. Coast Guard approved life jackets are required for all paddling participants. Tandem kayaks are welcome but, each participant must be registered.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm   *last paddler in the water at 1:00 pm  

course map

more info

Start Times

62-mile bike course – 8:00 am
40-mile bike course – 8:30 am
20-mile bike course – 9 am
1.5-mile or 5K trail run/walk – 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
2.5-mile paddle – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm   *last paddler in the water at 1:00 pm

Bikers must go out with the mass starts. 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 biking 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. Please note, this is NOT a triathlon, you will not be timed from start to finish.

Trophies for top finishers

Trophies will be awarded in the trail run and bike events.  Strava will be used 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 event day.  The run will be timed start to finish, with awards presented to the top finishers of the 5k.

Event Summary


  • Lake Loop runs rain or shine
  • Start Times staggered, participate in multiple events
  • Incentives for top fundraisers
  • Prizes for top finishers
  • Free parking
  • Food bands available for $5 for non-participants
  • Beer tent – first beer free, additional beer $5 (2 beer max), ID required (NJ permit #63988)
  • Live music
  • Local food
  • Photo booth
  • Bike Tour of historic landmarks available
  • Lake Hopatcong Historical Musuem open
  • Hula Hoop party at finish
  • Check-in Open 7 am
  • See lakeloop.org for start times
  • See lakeloop.org for cue sheets, maps, safety rules and tips
  • EMT on site
  • Kayaks, paddleboards, canoes available for rent during registration
  • Registration fees and donations are non-refundable
  • Emergency contact number 973-663-2500
  • Participants can start after mass start time for run and paddle
  • 20-, 40- mile bike participants can start at 8am with the 62-mile cyclists
  • Helmets required for all riders – no exception
  • Riders under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • No youth tricycles or training wheeled bicycles allowed
  • PFD’s required for all paddling participants