Davis Junction doctor pursues his speed skating passion - Rockford Register Star
Sure, there were skating parties in Retzer’s childhood, but his true love affair with skates didn’t come until he was in his 30s with young daughters at home. Then, he bought Rollerblades for himself and his daughter.
“Something clicked in me,” he said.
It wasn’t long before Retzer’s competitive side weighed in, and he began doing inline speed skating competitions. He trains with the Rockford Road Scholars and has competed for the past 20 years in places from Minnesota to Georgia. Some races are marathon-length.
Others are nearly 100 miles over hilly courses.
In good weather, Retzer skates daily and logs about 2,000 miles a year. He’s been clocked as fast as 43 miles an hour.
Just your basic small-town personality piece about a local physician, except that he happens to be an avid roadskater and A2A veteran. And he's also branched out to long-track ice speedskating, the Milwaukee oval not being too distant from northern Illinois, which is something I've really wanted to try myself.
It's rare enough to see inline speedskating/speedskaters covered anywhere, let alone a roadskater. I thought it was worth a mention.