Posted Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Participants Can Bike, Paddle, Run or Walk and Support Lake Hopatcong

Photos of 2015 Lake Loop

Photos of 2015 Lake Loop

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the state’s largest freshwater lake, will host the Fourth Annual Lake Loop on this Sunday, Oct. 9, at Hopatcong State Park in Landing.

The event includes:

  • Three scenic routes to bike around Lake Hopatcong. Riders can choose a 20-mile, 40-mile, or 62-mile challenge;
  • A 1-mile or 5K adventure walk or trail run on the State Park grounds;
  • A 2.5 mile paddling route for kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders on Lake Hopatcong, off the State Park beach;
  • NEW: A dog walk option for furry friends to enjoy the adventure trail run/walk path.

lhf-lake-loop-2015-kayak-participantsDogs must be on a leash no longer than six foot. Pet owners must clean up after their pooch. Pet food and supplies also will be collected and donated to a local animal shelter.

The various activities are NOT timed events. Participants can do any combination of activities they choose. Starting times have been staggered to allow individuals to partake of multiple events.

Registration is available for individuals or teams at

IMPORTANT: All participants are required to raise a minimum of $45 to partake in the event, which is a fundraiser to help support the efforts of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. All are encouraged to have their friends and family pledge toward their effort.

lhf-lake-loop-2015-running-participants“The Lake Loop showcases the many beauties of Lake Hopatcong. It is not a timed event so it is a go at your own pace ride, run, walk or paddle,” said event Chairwoman, Becky Rubenstein. “Participants can choose their challenge. We can all use a little motivation to get fit, what a great reason to do so while raising money for the lake.”

Prizes and perks—including a VIP tent—will be awarded to the top fundraising individuals who raise $500 or more. VIP participants who raise $1,000 or more will receive a pair of exclusive Lake Hopatcong beach towels that describe the many activities that can be enjoyed on Lake Hopatcong.

A plethora of sponsorships opportunities are available. Contact Jennifer DeWitt at [email protected] for more information.

lhf-lake-loop-2015-team-spirit“We are looking forward to a fun-filled day of folks getting out and enjoying the outdoors and all that Lake Hopatcong has to offer,” said Lake Hopatcong Foundation Development Director Jennifer DeWitt.

Photos will be posted throughout the day, and participants are encouraged to do the same, with #LHFLL2016. There also is an official Facebook page for updates. You can visit a special Pinterest page for pre-event workouts and other useful information at

The Lake Loop started in 2013 as a biking around the lake from a church parking lot. It grew to include the bike challenge and a family-friendly walk out of Nixon Elementary School’s parking lot in 2014. In 2015, the paddling component, led by a local paddling club — the Lake Hopatcong Paddlers — and an adventure trail run/walk organized by the Salt Shakers Running Club was added, and the event moved to the larger venue of Hopatcong State Park.

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission of “improving Lake Hopatcong for all, now and in the years to come.”