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July 19th - SkateStrong Inline Skating/Rollerblading Workshop to Benefit Multiple Sclerosis (National MS Society)

skatey-mark's picture
2008.07.20 9:00 am
2008.07.20 5:00 pm

Hi everyone!


I am teaching the next SkateStrong workshop on Saturday, July 19th, 2008. Normally, I'd point everyone to the website for details, but the power supply on my webserver (which was just replaced 4 months ago) has died again! So, rather than wait for the replacement to be shipped to me, I thought I should get the word out now so that people can plan accordingly.


The workshop is all day Saturday July 19th, from 9am to 5pm. (We'll break for an hour or so for lunch -- I'm not a slavedriver... lol) If there is sufficient interest, I'm open to having a "social skate" on Friday, or meeting again on Sunday to go over additional material. But the main material will be covered on Saturday.


I'm still scouting locations. I'd like to use the Reedy Creek track in Cary, but I've heard it's been locked lately. So I'll probably find a suitable parking lot in an office park that's mostly vacant on the weekends. It'll be in the general RTP/Raleigh/Cary area though...


So what will be taught? Well, that partly depends on who signs up. I will tailor the content to meet the experience levels of the attendees. So, the workshop is open to skaters of all levels. Although you do need to have some existing ability. The idea isn't to teach you how to skate - it's to teach you how the skate *better*.


That said, if you're a "true beginner" and interested in attending a workshop, let me know. I can possibly schedule a separate beginner workshop. But if you're comfortable skating on a bike path or on the road, you'll be able to handle the drills in the workshop.


I'll break down "classic technique" into its component parts and we'll practice those individually so that attendees will better understand the mechanics of proper technique. Then, we'll put them all back together again. If there is enough time (and interest) I can go over some double-push drills as well. (If you don't know what I mean by "classic technique" or "double push" don't worry! You don't need to know for the workshop, and I'll explain the differences during the course of the workshop...)


If I can find a suitable video camera, I would like to also do some video analysis of people skating. This is a very useful tool to identify "bad habits" and make suggestions on how to improve them. I'm not guaranteeing we'll be able to do this, but I'm hoping we can.


Now, the unique thing about this workshop is I'm doing it as a fundraiser for Tour to Tanglewood. ALL money collected for the workshop will go to TTT, which goes to Multiple Sclerosis Society. So, by attending the workshop, you're not only helping to improve your skating technique, you're helping to improve the lives of people suffering from MS. It's totally win-win!


So, I'm "charging" a very modest fee of $80 for the workshop. This is much less than you'd pay to attend other workshops. But mine is only one day, and I want to make it as accessible as possible. I'm limiting attendance to 10 people so that I can provide as much individual attention as possible. If there is enough interest for a second workshop, I will schedule one. But you should sign up soon to reserve your spot.


Signing up is easy. First, make your donation for TTT by going to the following link:




Once you're on the page, just click the "Donate to Mark" button and follow the instructions.


After you've donated, send me an email saying you want to attend the workshop. If you like, you can send me an email first to ask if there is still space left. Once you've donated, I'll reserve your spot for you.


Now, I'll make the deal even sweeter... If you sign up to participate in TTT on the Roadskater.net team (the team I'm on), I'll knock $20 off your workshop registration. So you only need to donate $60... (Of course, you're welcome to donate more if you like! These are just the minimum donations I'm talking about.)


Want an even better deal? Get a friend to sign up for TTT that has not done TTT before and I'll knock another $20 off! If you sign up for TTT and get 3 new people to sign up, attend for free! (And your friends can attend the workshop for the reduced price of $60 since they signed up for TTT, if they want!)


Yes, it hurts my personal fundraising to offer these discounts, but it helps my team to have more people on it. (Because they'll be doing their own fundraising...) So I don't mind "taking one for the team"... :-)


I know the tendency is to procrastinate on signing up, but it will help me better plan things if people sign up sooner rather than later. So if at all possible, don't delay signing up...


If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to email me. (marksibert -at- gmail -dot- com)  If you're wondering if the workshop is right for you, it probably is, but I'd be happy to answer any questions you have if you're unsure. Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you at the workshop!




Collonade II Office Park
8510 Colonnade Center Dr
Raleigh, North Carolina
United States
35° 53' 48.5304" N, 78° 38' 57.2064" W


roadskater's picture

Important Opportunity to Focus on Inline Skating

I just want to say that this is a wonderful thing Mark is doing, worth repeating by others at various levels and in different locations, and he is a very positive and encouraging skating advisor. I'm pleased that Mark has been part of our Tour to Tanglewood team for so many years (even if he can't make the tour this year perhaps due to the 24 Hours of Montreal...but I hope he can.) and impressed that he is giving a day of his life to help people with MS. I don't know if I can make it because I may need to do photos at the Spinz T2T Training Ride (skride) and the people at Operation Red Sleigh have begged RSN to skate their event in Seagrove for a couple of years now (and I mean literally begged). However, having me not be there simply means it will likely be a quieter day, right, with less of my chatter!? Those with MS can use your help, whether or not you can make this event. And Mark is just the guy to take your donations to the MS Society. Please give any amount you can to the people with MS via Mark and Roadskater.net.
MikeB's picture

Skatestrong w/ Mark

I'd like to 2nd Blake's sentiments. Learning from Mark is so easy and he has so much knowledge and expertise to share. I've had the fortune to skate w/ him a few times and just through casual observation I have learned so much. Actual focused instruction would be huge. The unfortunate part for me is that weekend is my Wilmington hockey tournament. Sorry Mark.
roadskater's picture

Inline or Ice, I've forgotten

Hey MikeB: Please let us know how the tournament comes out, and especially any nasty injuries you acquire! Good luck. Blake
skatey-mark's picture

date changed -- Sunday, July 20th

Hey! I changed the day to Sunday to hopefully allow more people to attend. So go ahead and do the TTT training ride on Saturday, then come out to Raleigh on Sunday for a fun-filled day of skating! - SM -

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