Annual Event Will Benefit Lake Hopatcong Foundation

On your mark, get set, go!

Go … register to loop around Lake Hopatcong Sunday, Oct. 13, and ‘get’ ready for a day of community camaraderie and muscle motivation.

The seventh annual ‘Lake Loop’ for the benefit of Lake Hopatcong, which this summer suffered severely from a green algal bloom, will take place at Hopatcong State Park.

The event will feature bike, run, and paddle challenges, and will include local food, a beer tent, and live entertainment. With choices of ways to ‘loop,’ organizers quip the Lake Loop is an “and-or-athon” and a “fun athletic endeavor consisting of three different events.”

Registrants can choose to participate in one, two, or all three modes. Cyclists may bike marked routes of 20, 40, or 62 miles around Lake Hopatcong. There will also be a 1.5-mile or timed 5K trail run on state park grounds, as well as a 2.5-mile paddle course on the lake. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards are available to rent during the registration process, if needed.

Event times will be staggered to allow participants to choose one or any combination of activities. Strava bike timing will be available for hill climbs along the bike routes and the 5K will be a sanctioned and timed event, with awards for the top performers.

Pre-registration Open Now

 Discounted pre-registration is available until midnight Friday, Oct. 11. Participants may also register on the day of the event, beginning at 7 a.m. Registration includes a T-shirt, food, drink, massage, and live entertainment. In addition, there will be opportunities to win great raffle prizes, including an inflatable kayak and a Jamis bike.

Individuals or teams can register or donate at www.lakeloop.org.

“Lake Loop is a unique event in a perfect setting,” event chair Becky Rubenstein tells The Jefferson Chronicle. “People of just about any age can participate in a variety of ways,” she adds, noting, “There are no strict requirements about joining in the fun, so everyone can create their day in a way that’s just right for them.”

Live the Lake NJ is the event’s main sponsor. Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available, providing a publicity opportunity within the Lake Hopatcong community spanning four towns and two counties along with many surrounding areas.

Benefitting the Lake

 Lake Loop benefits the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the stated purpose of which is dedication “to protecting the lake environment and enhancing the lake experience by bringing together public and private resources to encourage a culture of sustainability and stewardship on and around New Jersey’s largest lake, for this and future generations.”

Incentive to preserve and protect New Jersey’s largest lake was especially high this year, as swimming was prohibited during height of the season, due to the bloom, making fundraising even more vital. The issue received national attention (http://www.thejeffersonchronicle.com/lake-hopatcong-featured-climate-change-narrative/) and a Lake Hopatcong Commission meeting in mid-August drew a standing-room-only audience of concerned area residents.

One resolution and two legislative bills were subsequently introduced in Trenton by Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-26) to help the Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake communities deal with the harmful algal blooms. (http://www.thejeffersonchronicle.com/three-assembly-actions-help-lake-hopatcong-introduced-trenton/)

To learn more about the foundation’s work, visit www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org.

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