From their website, a2a.net, which has lots of information under "TELL ME MORE":
Athens to Atlanta (A2A) is the oldest and most famous road skate in America. Starting in Athens, Georgia, participants skate through beautiful country roads and quiet suburbia before navigating city streets and triumphantly crossing the finish line in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward Skate Park. The course is challenging and requires experienced road skating ability, courage and stamina. Skaters who may not be ready for the whole 87 miles may opt for the 38-mile event, which also starts in Athens, or the 49-mile event, which starts near Dacula, GA. Inline and quad skaters are welcome and anyone from 8 to 80 years old may enter.
Roadskater.net inline skaters have done A2A as many as 18 times in a row. Familiar names can be found on the A2A Duraskaters (Distance) records page.
This looks like a great event. Very A2A-ish, hillwise, but marathon distance. There are some pretty technical hills on the course by the looks of it.
I believe a blind skater completed the race, aided by a paceline buddy. I don't know anything other than the name of the event and what's visible in the video, but I will add to this as I find out more, if I get time.
Per Bill Begg on the Bont forum, this year's Berlin Marathon had a total of over FORTY-EIGHT THOUSAND (!!!) participants! This spread out over skaters, hand cyclists/wheel chair athletes and runners. About 6,800 were skaters. Not too shabby! And they had beautiful weather this year as opposed to the driving rain they had in recent years. The skate portion of this event happened last Saturday, Sept. 29th.
Here's a pretty good video of the final few KMs, of eventual winner Ewen Fernandez of France, and Bart Swings of Belgium, showing the beauty of this sport.
Somehow I ended up looking at skate videos on Youtube again. Here'1s more from Kevin Jagger (Mr. LongTrackLongShot.com) - the guy who jacked it all in with his day job to concentrate on trying to make it in the longtrack ice world.
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.
Wow. I just found out that admission to the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Speed Skating Final in Kearns, UT is free with an advance ticket. There's small print about it not guaranteeing entry but the point is you should be able to get in and be in if you want it free of charge. I would love to see this. USA should do well but that only matters so much. The main thing is to be able to see it in person without the usual television trickerism.
Submitted by roadskater on Thu Feb 26 2009 12:35am
There's a whole lot of skating going on in Harbin (Haerbin) China. I've been following some of the stories and looking at photos this week, without a whole lot to say about it, since I don't know much about these young athletes.