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Northshore Inline Marathon, Duluth MN, September 15 2007

wayne_imhoff's picture
2007.09.15 7:30 am
2007.09.15 10:00 am

Adrenaline will surge on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 7:30 a.m. as the gun signals the start of the largest inline marathon and ARC (American Roller Cup) Series event in the U.S.A.! Following the same scenic course Grandma's marathoners have run along for the past 30 years, nearly 4,000 inline skaters will test their endurance in the 12th Annual NORTHSHORE INLINE MARATHON.

Enjoy the country's most scenic and exciting inline skating event along the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior! The 26.2 mile marathon begins just south of Two Harbors and continues along Scenic Hwy 61, rolling through the I-35 tunnels, and finishing at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).



wayne_imhoff's picture

Northshore finish 2007

On the way to the starting line I could see light flakes of snow blowing by.  The temp was 28 degrees with a 10-15 mph head wind. YUK

I finally completed my first full marathon.  I've skated 4 halfs this summer, but the Northshore is my first 26.2. 

My goal time was under 2 hours and be in the top 1000 finishers.... results were less than I expected (2:10 and #1128/2590).  Since this was my first marathon I started in wave 7.  I was forced in the ditch by a skater not paying attention (I yelled 'passing left' and she moved left), lost a minute or two and some PRIDE, all before the first mile.  I must have passed a thousand skaters.

My feet didn't hurt like I expected, but by mile 18 my ankles were feeling shaky.  At mile 22, I saw a BONT pro skating back thru the field taking pictures and encouraging all the rec skaters.  What a sport, how many other sports have pros taking the time to help the newbies.

Here is todays newspaper report [with deference to copyright we'll include only a portion]:


Rosero wins NorthShore Inline Marathon

Kevin Pates Duluth News Tribune


Rosero, 27, overcame the coldest temperatures in race history and three-time defending World Inline Championships marathon champion Joey Mantia of Federal Way, Wash., to finish first in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 46.9 seconds. Mantia, 21, was second in 1:09:41.4, an incredible 4:55 behind. It was easily the most one-sided victory in race history. “You have no idea how sad I was when I could not skate in the World Championships. I’ve been working on my recovery, but I’m still not at 100 percent,’’ said Rosero, Sportvital Rollerblade’s No. 1 racer and the world’s 10th-ranked marathoner. Because NorthShore Inline Marathon sponsors were offering a $10,000 bonus for breaking the men’s and women’s course records, plans were for record attempts. Mantia’s Luigino team hoped to go after the men’s mark of 57:18, set by Chad Hedrick in 1998.




eebee's picture

Congratulations on your first full Marathon

That's some cold weather all of a sudden! Good job on your first skate marathon! The good thing about not quite meeting your goals or expectations is that now you have plenty of info for next time. But it sounds like you did great anyway. 2:10 is no small feat with those headwinds, especially if you skated the majority of the course on your own - you were working way harder than those in the pacelines :-)
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Awesome North Shore Inline Marathon Wayne, Plus Links

Thanks for the report, Wayne. As for disappointment, sounds like

you made it within 8.3% of your time goal and 12.8% of your time goal.

For your first (or any) marathon, that's great goal-setting, and quite a good mph I'd add. You can bet that starting further up front would make a huge difference, getting in where you are passing less often and passed less often and in-pack much more...but if you have to choose, pick passing less often as it takes more energy from you.

Thanks for the news story. I shortened it and put in a link so those guys that provided it can get some traffic and to respect their copyright, but it was a nice article and thanks again. Here are some more links, including a video news story (always interested in the oldest and most challenged human interest story, but ok, it's coverage; and only because the reporter participated, most likely.):

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