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The New Saint Paul Inline Marathon
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Saint Paul Minnesota Mayor and Minnesota inline skating groups announce new Saint Paul marathon to be held next fall Race will be second national contest held in Minnesota.

Mayor Kelly Announced the New Event in Skates
Mayor Randy Kelly donned inline skates and joined metro area inline skating clubs to announce the Saint Paul Inline Marathon, set for August 21, 2004. "This is yet another new way for people to experience Saint Paul and is part of a growing number of events that are making Saint Paul a destination city," he said.

Local Skating Clubs Celebrate
Local inline clubs, including Robichon Inline Skate School, Minnesota Inline Skate Club, Minneapolis Friday Skate and RollerBob.com, helped kick off the announcement before traveling to Duluth for this weekendís North Shore Inline Marathon. Itís the eighth annual event that regularly draws up to 5,000 participants from across the nation.

What the Northshore Organizers Think
"We love it!," said Chuck Carlberg, Executive Director of the North Shore Inline Marathon. "Another great inline marathon in Minnesota is a positive thing for the sport and the skating industry alike."

Race Promoter Bob Naegele
Bob Naegele, Jr., president emeritus of the International Inline Skating Association and local pioneer of the industry, was one of the original promoters of the idea to the city early this year. "Saint Paulís Mississippi River is the perfect backdrop to what will be a fabulous event, drawing thousands of people" he said.

Race Organizer is 26Point2
Local race managers and inline skaters, Marilyn Franzen and Mike Cofrin, have formed 26point2, Inc., to organize and manage the race next year. "This has been a dream of mine for a while," Franzen said. "This will be one of the nationís premier inline races."

Race Route
The race route will be along the river, using Shepard Road, Warner Road and perhaps Mississippi River Boulevard, passing significant areas of riverfront development, including Upper Landing Housing, Upper Landing Park, the connecting segment of Shepard Road (currently under construction), Samuel Morgan Trail, and of course the Xcel Energy Center and the Science Museum.

Registration
People can register for the race on the official event Web site at SaintPaulInlineMarathon.com

Inline Skating in Minnesota
Inline skating started in Minnesota as an off-season training activity for ice hockey players. During the 1990s, this dynamic fitness activity evolved into the nationís fastest growing sport. The phenomenon has seen a 452 percent growth spurt since 1987. Approximately 29 million Americans now skate for fitness or sport.

Inline Racing in the United States
The competitive inline skating season runs March through November with two major marathon events, the Northshore Inline Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, and the Long Beach International City Marathon in Southern California. The Duluth Marathon in mid-September, celebrates its eighth annual event in 2003, drawing more than 4,500 skaters, while the Long Beach event, planned for Oct. 13th coincides with the cityís running marathon and annuals attracts close to 1,000 skaters.

Other domestic inline competitions include A2A (Athens to Atlanta Georgia 87 Mile Road Skate), the Casino Niagara International Marathon in upstate New York, and the New York City Skate Marathon and 100k.

Official Event Web Site
SaintPaulInlineMarathon.com



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