Lake Loop brings out runners, walkers, cyclists, and boaters.
Saturday, October 12 was a perfect autumn morning for cycling, running, walking, and paddling at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation's annual Lake Loop event. All activities started or were based out of Lake Hopatcong State Park.
Cyclists were able to choose from 20- 40-, or 62-mile courses that "looped" Lake Hopatcong. Runners and walkers were able to choose from a 2.5 or 5K walk/run through the state park. All were treated to beautiful fall foliage, breathtaking views of the lake, and even a small beach run. Paddlers could rent or bring their own boats and paddled a 2.5 mile course leaving from the beach of the state park.
Athletes were able to choose one or all of the activities and then could spend some time at the pavilion eating and drinking while listening to live music. Food was provided by The Windlass and Alice’s restaurants. There was also a beer garden for the adults, as well as games, a photo booth and other activities for everyone.
On hand were also the mayors of the four lake towns: Jefferson Mayor Eric Wilsusen, Hopatcong Mayor Michael Francis, Mount Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis, and Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo along with Freeholder Sylvia Petillo. They gave a brief overview of the current state of the lake and then lead a walk through the course. Constituents were able to join in on the walk to speak directly with the mayors and freeholder.
The nearly 250 participants raised approximately $50,000 for the foundation.