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North Shore Rollerski Marathon on Sept 15

Wed, Sep  5, 2012 - By North Shore Inline Marathon

The NorthShore Inline Marathon organization would like to present the only rollerski marathon in the United States! [except for the Grand Marais, MI rollerski marathon on September 29... - Editor]
Enjoy the country’s most scenic and exciting rollerski 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).
10:30 am – Classic Division
10:55 am – Skating Division
$59 For all registrations prior to April 30th
$69 For all registrations prior to May 31st
$79 For all registrations prior to June 30th
$89 For all registrations prior to July 31st

  • Classic Skiers – 10:25 am
  • Skate Skiers – 10:50 am

There are no age group awards in the elite and masters divisions.  The top 3 ‘Marathon’ finishers in each gender specific age class will be awarded an engraved medallion, in recognition of their impressive accomplishment, at the NSIM awards ceremony.  The Full Marathon award ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Awards must be picked up at this time. Awards will not be mailed. Monitor this web site for any new information. There are no age group awards in the elite divisions.
19 & Under
Skaters under 13 years of age must have their entry approved by the Executive Director.
The race will be held rain or shine. There are no transfers of race packets or bib numbers and no refunds. Wave changes must be approved by NSIM personnel and will cost $10/per chg…thru July 31 / $20 from Aug 1 thru Aug 31. Please register early. Wave change requests will not be allowed after September 1st.
Water(in cups) will be provided for skaters at the start and finish. There are three water stations(10oz. bottles w/caps removed) along the race course. The stations are at approximately mile marker 6, 13 and 19. Each skater is responsible for their own hydration and nutritional needs during the race. There are no “energy” gels or drinks at the water stations.
Changes in waves will be handled on a individual basis. Each skater qualifies for their wave, based on their previous race performance(s). Wave changes may be granted, in unusual circumstances, by request to the Executive Director. Wave change fees are: $10 by July 31st / $20 after July 31st. Due to the higher volume of wave change requests nearer to race day, and the interference it causes the NSIM staff to prepare the race for all, there will be no wave change requests after September 1st. Please register early! Thank you!
*NEW* Shirts will be available at packet pickup for participants.
Section 1. Rollerski Equipment
 A.1 Rollerski sport equipment must be available as a commercially produced product that is available to the general public*
 A.2 The diameter of the wheels must not be more than 100 mm*
 A.3 The distance between the axles of the Rollerskis must not be less than 530 mm*
 A.4 Two ski poles with specific Rollerski or Cross-Country skiing tips must be Used*
 A.5 Approved cycling helmets (ANSI and/or SNELL approved) and eye protection must be worn*
 A.6 Shoes or ski boots have to be fixed on the Rollerskis with a Cross-Country
 A.7 The changing of poles and Rollerskis is allowed during the competition*
 A.8 Competitors are permitted to change or repair equipment during the competition but they must do this without any outside assistance other than being handed the replacement equipment or tools.
Section 2. Rollerski Clothing
 B.1 Torso clothing must be worn at all times covering at least ¾ of the upper body with bibs mounted on the front unfolded and/or wrinkled in a visible fashion.
 B.2 The use of gloves is permitted.
Section 3. Race Rules
 C.1 Skating is not permitted for the first 70 m after the start. You must double pole.
 C.2 Finishers must hold their line within the last 100 M of the finish. Excessive movement side to side will result in a disqualification.
* Race rules adapted from the Cross-Country ICR
The 13th Annual Kids Sprints will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16th on Harbor Drive on the east side of the DECC. Registration starts at 4 p.m. The kids sprints are free to all kids 14 and under. Each racer will also be allowed a free spaghetti dinner with a paid adult. Sponsored by SMDC Duluth Childrens programs and Play it Again Sports.
Race packets may be picked up from noon Friday, Sept. 16, until 10 p.m. at Pioneer Hall in the DECC and Saturday at the bus loading area from 5:00 to 6:30 a.m. Chip timing equipment will be available Friday. “Chip volunteers” will be on hand to answer any questions.

The Pizza Luce all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at the DECC is served Friday, Sept. 16th, from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available through the mail and at the door. The public is welcome. Adults – $9.50 in advance Children 5-12 – $6 in advance, under 5 – free.
A fabulous array of bananas, apples, oranges, cookies and yogurt and 20,000 bottles of water all generously donated by SUPER ONE FOODS will be available at the finish line. Please support SUPER ONE FOODS, PREMIUM WATERS and Franklin Foods. They’ve been amazing supporters of us!

Friday and Saturday daily parking at the DECC is available for a $5 fee. The DECC also offers overnight parking for single vehicles ($10/night) & RV’s (electric hook-up ($35) or non-electric sites ($25)). More information is available at or by calling (218) 722-5573, ext.283. There is some free parking in the area however, it is limited. No parking will be available at the start area! All participants, other than those staying in Two Harbors, are strongly urged to take the shuttle buses to the start line.
The Inline Half Marathon and Wheels Off Half Marathon buses begin loading at 5:00 am from the DECC.
Full Marathon buses begin loading at 7:00 am from the DECC.  Please board promptly to insure that everyone arrives at the start lines on time.  Ideal loading sequence is as follows…

Half Marathon Skaters and Runners: 5-5:45 am
All Elite Skaters: 7-7:15 am
Waves: A & B & C 7-7:30 am
Waves: 1 & 2 7:30-8:00 am
Waves: 3-6 8-8:30 am
Roller skiers: 8:30-9 am
NO Wave 3-6 skaters are allowed to board the buses until 8:00 am.
For those coming from Two Harbors, it is permissible to be dropped off at the Two Harbors Ford lot.  These skaters must ride a shuttle to the bus unloading area.  Due to insurance requirements, NO SKATES may be worn on the buses.

There will be two shuttles returning to Two Harbors at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
Phone: 218.723.1503 NorthShore Inline Office
Fax: 218.723.1463
Skeeter Moore – Executive Director
Tone Coughlin – Race Director
Shannon Cornelius – Expo Director
The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) is located on the Duluth Waterfront, exit 256b from I-35. The address is 350 Harbor Drive.  From the South take I-35 north and exit at Lake Ave. & 5th Ave. West (exit 256B), at the stoplight turn right, take the next immediate right down to Railroad Street, turn right onto Railroad Street then right into the DECC parking lot. The parking fee is $4.  From the North use Lake Ave. (exit 256B), at the stoplight turn left onto Canal Park Drive, immediately get into the right lane and turn right onto Railroad Street. After driving under skywalk turn left into DECC parking lot. The parking fee is $4.