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Lake Hopatcong “Lake Loop” to Include Kindness for Christopher Rock Painting

Dress up in costumes for a fun way to show your team's festiveness. There is a 2.5 mile paddle around Lake Hopatcong (paddle board, canoe or kayak).
Run or Walk 1.5 miles or do a 5K at #LHFLL2017.
Enjoy a 20, 40 or 62 mile bike ride.
Bring your furry friend to do the 1.5 mile or 5K dog walk from 8am-10:30am on Sept 24, 2017.

ROXBURY, NJ – Participants in this year’s Lake Hopatcong Foundation Lake Loop will be offered the opportunity to paint a rock with an inspirational message that coincides with the Kindness for Christopher movement, said organizers.

The Lake Loop, scheduled for Sept. 24, at Hopatcong State Park in Landing, is a fundraiser for the non-profit Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF). The event includes three scenic routes to bike around Lake Hopatcong, a 1.5-mile or 5K adventure walk or trail run and a 2.5-mile paddling route on the lake.

“New this year, we’re proud to announce that we will be sharing the inspirational message of the Kindness for Christopher movement,” said LHF Development Director Jennifer DeWitt.” “Lake Loop participants will be able to paint a rock … to be placed around the trail that the Lake Hopatcong Foundation is currently blazing through the Borough of Hopatcong.”

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Additionally, people will be allowed to walk their dogs, something added last year, according to DeWitt. “Last year’s dog walk option will return, so furry friends can enjoy the adventure trail run/walk path from 8 am to 10:30 am,” DeWitt said. “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.”

The event is not competitive. Nobody will be keeping time and participants can do any of the activities they choose, DeWitt said. Starting times will be staggered to allow for this.

Registration is available online for individuals or teams at. The registration fee is $45 if pre-registered by midnight on Sept. 22. Day-of-event registration is available, starting at 7 a.m., for  $65.

The Lake Loop “started with biking around the lake from a church parking lot in 2013, grew to include the bike challenge and a family-friendly walk out of Nixon Elementary School’s parking lot in 2014, and in 2015 the paddling component, led by a local paddling club called 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,” DeWitt said. The dog walk was added last year.

 “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. “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.”

Those who raise $500 or more will be eligible for prizes and perks, including a VIP tent. Those who raise $1,000 or more will receive “a gorgeous Lake Hopatcong blanket,” DeWitt said.

All Lake Loop participants will get free food and drinks provided by local restaurants as well as T-shirts.

“A plethora of sponsorships opportunities are available and begin at just $100,” DeWitt said. Prospective sponsors can write her at jennifer@lakehopatcongfoundation.org for more information.

“Lake Hopatcong provides a beautiful setting for this fitness event,” said Lake Loop Chairwoman Becky Rubenstein in a statement. “Whether you are competitive cyclist or someone who enjoys getting out in nature, you can choose your challenge and go at your own pace ride, run, walk or paddle. We hope social clubs or businesses will come as a group and encourage one another to do their best.”

Proving the Lake Loop is about fun, not competition, the foundation encourages dressing up in costumes. “We had a group wear capes while they paddleboarded and it was great fun to watch them sail across the water like super heroes,” Rubenstein said.

The LHF will post photos throughout the day and encourages others to do the same with #LHFLL2017. The event has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lakeloop and there is a special Pinterest page for pre-event workouts and other useful information at www.pinterest.com/lakehopatcong.

For more details on the Lake Hopatcong trail, visit the trails page at lakehopatcongfoundation.org/what-we-do/recreation/trails/.

To learn more about Kindness for Christopher, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KindnessForChristopherD. Do one kind deed and post it on the Kindness for Christopher Facebook page to inspire others to do the same in Christopher’s memory. Those placing rocks on the new trail are asked to use #KindnessForChristopher and #LHTrail.

Sponsors for this year’s Lake Loop include: CKW, LLC, C.P. Painting, Inc., Henry O. Baker Insurance Group, Lawrence and Triste Brooks, Live the Lake NJ, Magnolia Development, MarineMax, Marty’s Reliable Cycle, Nisivoccia, Ramsey Outdoor, Re/Max House Values, TapSnap, Townhomes at Mariner’s Pointe, Stone Water, Cambiotti’s Café, Dunkin’ Donuts, Pizza Express and Sal’s Pizza.

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