Page 2 of 2 Previous

Continued: Minneapolis City of Lakes Loppet expects to draw 10,000

  • Article by: EMMA NELSON
  • Last update: February 1, 2014 - 12:03 PM

Marcia Nelson skis every day at a park adjoining their home in Duluth. But she and Ken give up the peaceful solitude to race occasionally because it keeps them motivated, she said.

“The reason we do it is because it makes you practice,” she said. “It’s so easy to say, ‘Oh, not today.’ But if you know you have these races, which are long races, you have to get out and practice.”

Most events will start and end at a spot near Lake Calhoun.

Those who aren’t skiing the route can check out the snow sculptures, food trucks and a beer garden courtesy of Surly Brewing Co. While only registered participants can go on the lake during the event, after 9 p.m., anyone is free to see the luminaries on Lake of the Isles.

Emma Nelson is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.

  • related content

  • Some pre-Loppet tips on handling a heart attack like R.T. Rybak's

    Friday January 31, 2014

    Athletes know their own bodies but risk assessment, stress test can help

  • Erik Wardenaar worked on “Icehenge” for the annual City of Lakes Loppet Festival at Lake of the Isles on Friday, the day before the Luminary Loppet on the lake.

  • Cross-country skiers tested the groomed paths on Lake Calhoun before the annual City of Lakes Loppet Festival at Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun, Friday, January 31, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. The cross-country skiing event begins Saturday, February 1, 2014. (ELIZABETH FLORES/STAR TRIBUNE) ELIZABETH FLORES •

  • Jeff Evans sorted through ice balls Friday to prepare them for luminaries for the City of Lakes Loppet at Lake of the Isles.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters