The sixth annual Lake Loop was held on Sunday, October 7, at Hopatcong State Park.

The non-competitive fundraiser, hosted by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF), offered participants a trio of activities: biking, running, and paddling.

LHF staff and dozens of volunteers set up tents, tables, and chairs for the 7 a.m. start. By the end of the day, nearly 250 participants had pedaled, paced, or paddled their way through at least one of the courses.

Cyclists could choose from among three routes around the lake (20, 40, or 62 miles). Runners had a choice between a 5-kilometer or 1.5-mile course over wooded trails, beach, and paved paths. Paddlers covered a 2.5-mile loop using kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.

Maria Romano on the 20-mile bike route for Lake Loop 2018. (Photo provided by Bill Woolley via the Lake Hopatcong Foundation)
The Eppedio family at Lake Loop 2018. (Photo provided by Bill Woolley via the Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

“Mayors from the four lake communities were on hand and we had an amazing variety of local food and music,” said Becky Rubenstein, a volunteer who organized Lake Loop. “Two of the musicians actually rode the bike challenge before playing, which was very cool, and we always have great support from local public safety personnel.”

Local Mayors at Lake Loop 2018. (Photo provided by Bob Kays via the Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

The Lake Loop raises money to support the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the lake environment and enhancing the lake experience. The LHF brings together public and private resources to encourage a culture of sustainability and stewardship on and around New Jersey’s largest lake. For more information, visit

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