Bike, Paddle, Run For Lake Hopatcong In September

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to improving Lake Hopatcong, plans to host its fifth annual “LHF Lake Loop” Sept. 24 in Hopatcong State Park.  
The event includes three scenic routes to bike around Lake Hopatcong; riders can choose a 20-mile, 40-mile, or 62-mile challenge, as well as a 1.5-mile or 5K adventure walk or trail run on the State Park grounds and a 2.5-mile paddling route on Lake Hopatcong, off the State Park beach.
Participants are able to rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard for the event during the online registration process.
Last year’s dog walk option will return, so furry friends can enjoy the adventure trail run/walk path from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six foot and individuals will need to clean up after their pooch. Pet food and supplies will also be collected and donated to a local animal shelter. 
It is not a timed event and attendees can do any combination of the activities they choose. Starting times have been staggered to allow individuals to partake of multiple events. Registration is available for individuals or teams at The registration fee is $45 if pre-registered by midnight on Sept. 22. Day-of registration is available starting at 7 a.m. on Sept. 24 and is $65. 
“We really rely on participants to take the next step and create a fundraising page to help us raise much needed monies to do the work we do,” said Jennifer DeWitt, Lake Hopatcong Foundation development director. “Once registered, an email is sent giving quick and easy instructions on setting up an individual or team Crowdrise fundraising page. We also have a fundraising toolkit available to assist. Any amount raised can make a huge impact for us.”
Prizes and perks — including a VIP tent — will be awarded to fundraising individuals who raise $500 or more. VIP participants who raise $1,000 or more will receive a Lake Hopatcong blanket. 
All LHF Lake Loop partakers receive free food and drink the day of the event provided by local restaurants, a t-shirt and entertainment by several area bands. 
For more details on the Lake Hopatcong trail, visit the trails page at  

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