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Davis Junction doctor pursues his speed skating passion - Rockford Register Star

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.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Skater and Cyclist

Just noticed a couple of reports that give a new angle to the story of US Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her long road to recovery after nearly being assasinated on January 8th. One is that she is a very active inline skater as it turns out. According to this local news story about Rep. Giffords's progress. she was regularly seen skating the asphalt loop around Reid Park in Tucson.

Supporters have become accustomed to a “miracle every 48 hours,” said Michael McNulty, Giffords’ perennial campaign chairman.

“The rhetorical problem is that the doctors always say: ‘Given what she’s been through, she’s doing wonderfully.’ That’s kind of like saying ‘They’re going to China, and given that they have to walk, they’re doing great.’

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Atlanta Becomes a Huge Ice Skating Grid...for Tractor Trailers and Automobiles

Wow. It looks pretty nasty down there in downtown Atlanta. Check out the brightcove link below for the original video, but I'm updating this to include some video of a woman someone skating on the streets of Atlanta (near Georgia Tech I believe, where we've roadskated on wheels), inspired by eebee's posts below. Here's the brief roadskating video of a different sort...with figure skates, no less... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21ymwfSJYOE

Location

10th Street at Peachtree Street
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
33° 46' 54.21" N, 84° 23' 2.4216" W
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Carolina Century 21, 31, 51, 64, 72, 82, 102-Mile Charity Bike Ride October 23, 2010 Roadskate Inline Skate

2010.10.23 7:30 am
US/Eastern

Registration is now open at http://CarolinaCentury.com.
10 HOURS of SUPPORT for YOUR CENTURY
3rd Annual ROADSKATER.NET CAROLINA CENTURY
Including new METRIC century 64mile/103K
21♦31♦51♦64♦72♦82♦102-mile MS Bike Ride/Roadskate Saturday ♦ October 23, 2010 ♦ Greensboro NC
Roll up for a leisurely autumnal century with us...or crank it hard & get home early.
Please represent your sport with love!

Location

Carolina Century Start Gospel Baptist Church
5945 North Church Street
Greensboro, North Carolina 27455-8258
United States
36° 13' 26.7024" N, 79° 47' 23.1864" W
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Get Your 2010 Roadskater.net Inline Skating and Cycling Jersey or Grab a Classic Version Now

Join the 2010 Roadskater.net Road Skating and Cycling Jersey Freak-Out!

OPEN YOUR HEART: ADOPT A ROADSKATER.NET JERSEY OF MYSTERY COLOR TODAY

UPDATE 2010.10.01: ORDERS ARE CLOSED (FOR NOW AT LEAST) FOR 2010 and so far nobody has used the limited return option. Two skaters snapped up the final remaining Sweet Tangerine no sleeve sleeveless jerseys as well. Thus, we are all sold out of all editions for now.

The First Four Editions of the Roadskater.net Inline Skating & Cycling Jersey with Supersweet Zipper & Bright Colors from Nature
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Challenge of the Centuries 2010 Charity Bike Ride Skate Report

 

Sooo, I was the lonely only skater at the Challenge of the Centuries.  And that was fine because it left all the comments of “what you are doing is amazing” all for myself.  Ha!  No, the bikers where great there, and even the traffic was very considerate.  I had a good time talking to people, and felt very welcome.  I almost brought my camera on the road with me, and now regret I didn’t.  So many cool things.  And so many lessons learned.

Location

Hartwell, Georgia
United States
34° 21' 10.3788" N, 82° 55' 55.5132" W
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Athens-to-Atlanta Roadskate A2A 2010 Inline Road Skate Rollerblading Ultra Marathon

2010.10.03 7:30 am
US/Eastern

Sign up until 11.59 PST today (tax day special, April 15th 2010) at Active.com, or print out a mail-in form to do A2A for *$50* (all distances: 38, 52, 87).

UPDATE 4/16/2010 - Active.com registration is still open through today, April 16th, because there were reports of technical problems. So you can still sign up through active for $50 today. But then that's it.

Location

United States
33° 57' 34.6104" N, 83° 22' 23.0844" W
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Gooch Memorial Bike Ride Inline Skate J & L Bicycle Burlington NC April 16 2010

2010.04.16 5:30 pm
US/Eastern

Gooch Memorial Ride
Friday April 16th, 2010
Registration 5:30pm   Ride Start 6:00pm

I'll let the link explain:

http://jlbicycle.com/

Location

J & L Bicycle
216 East Front Street
Burlington, North Carolina
United States
36° 5' 34.7892" N, 79° 26' 8.9124" W
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