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Skating Around the World
Plan a Skating Marathon Holiday

by Kathie Fry

The next time you plan a vacation, consider organizing a trip around a skating marathon in a country or city you have always wanted to visit. Here are some destinations to consider:

Argentina
Inline Marathons in Austria Travelers from around the world visit Argentina to trek in the Andes, marvel at Iguazú Falls, and experience the magnificent desolation of Patagonia. Now it is possible to combine all of that with a skate marathon in the beautiful, cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. The first annual Buenos Aires Marathon was held in December of 2002, and some of the top names in inline speed skating were present including Jose Guzman, Chad Hedrick, Martin Escobar, Andrea Gonzales, Gladys Stranges, Tamara Llorens, Andrea Haritchelhar, and many more. December is summer in the Southern Hemisphere so this is the perfect event for skaters who live in the colder northern climates.
  • More About Skating in Argentina
  • Travel and Country Guide to Argentina
  • Buenos Aires Inline Marathon
  • Argentina Roller Sports Federation


    Austria
    Inline Marathons in Austria Vienna is one of the most important cultural centers of Europe, famous for music, art museums, historic palaces, and the Danube River. Vienna is also the home of the Vienna Inline Marathon, which was held for the first time in 1999. There are also inline marathons in other Austrian resort areas, including Graz, Klagenfurt, Villach, and the ski resort of Innsbruck.
  • More About Skating in Austria
  • Travel and Country Guide to Austria
  • Vienna Inline Marathon
  • Austria Inline Cup
  • Austria Roller Sports Federation


    Canada
    Inline Marathons in Canada Niagara Falls is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it has been a romantic destination for newlywed couples for more than 100 years. There are two well-known skate marathons in Canada, and both of them are in Ontario: A race from Buffalo to Niagara Falls called the Niagara Falls Marathon (postponed for 2003), and a race in the Canadian capital of Ottawa called the National Capital Marathon.
  • More About Skating in Canada
  • Travel and Country Guide to Canada
  • Niagara Falls Marathon (no skating in 2003)
  • National Capital Marathon
  • Marathon des Deux Rives


    Cuba
    Inline Marathons in Cuba Adventurous travelers and photo journalists from around the world love visiting Cuba, and it is also the home of the fabulous international beach resort of Varadero Beach. Havana is one of the most romantic cities in the world and if you visit that city in April of 2003 you can skate in the Havana Inline Marathon. During that same week you can watch, or compete in, the Cuba Cup of Inline Speed and Artistic Roller Skating. Skaters visiting Cuba should plan to spend at least one day visiting the town of Cienfuegos on the south coast, which has a skating track in a beautiful location, only steps from the sea.
  • More About Skating In Cuba
  • Travel and Country Guide fo Cuba
  • SkateCuba.com


    Denmark
    Inline Marathons in Denmark The charming Danish city of Odense is famous as the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and there is a running and skating marathon in that city named after the famous fairy tale author. The Hans Christian Anderson Marathon is normally held in October and the event includes running, skating, and wheelchair events.
  • More About Skating in Denmark
  • Travel and Country Guide for Denmark
  • Hans Christian Anderson Marathon


    Egypt
    Visitors travel to Egypt Inline Marathons in Egypt to see the pyramids, the Sphinx, ancient Luxor, and float down the River Nile. If you visit that country in February you can also skate one of most unique marathon routes in the world with an amazing route through the Egyptian countryside.
  • EGYPTIAN INLINE MARATHON
    http://www.egyptianmarathon.com/
  • EGYPTIAN INLINE MARATHON - PHOTOS
    http://t-n-s.de/02/foto/2002/002-luxor/
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN EGYPT
    //countries/eg/


    France
    Inline Marathons in France France is the perfect destination for a skating holiday. because it is the home of the world famous Paris Friday Night Skate, which every skater should experience at least once in their life. France has an inline racing series called the French Inline Cup with marathon events in many parts of the country including Dijon, Nice, Rennes, Les Herbiers, Lille, Plouha, Pontarlier, and Annecy. For more information about skating marathons in France, connect to Arnaud Gicquel's French Inline Cup Web site.
  • FRENCH INLINE CUP
    http://www.french-inline-cup.com
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN FRANCE
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    French Polynesia
    Inline Marathons in Tahiti The Island of Tahiti is stunningly beautiful, and the nearby island of Moorea was the model for the legendary "Bali Hai" in the musical South Pacific. For a skating trip you will never forget, visit Tahiti in November and skate with local Tahitians and visiting skaters from around the world in the Tahiti Nui Roller Marathon.
  • TAHITI ROLLER MARATHON
    http://www.wayb.com/skating/
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN TAHITI
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    Germany
    Inline Marathons in Germany Germany is another great destination for skaters because almost every German city has a night skate, and those skates are among the largest in the world. Germany is also the home of the #1 largest inline skating marathon in the world. It's the Berlin Inline Marathon, with 8000 skaters in 2002. In 2003 the Berlin skating marathon will be held on Saturday and the running marathon will be held on Sunday, in order to allow an incredible 12000 skaters to participate. There are many other skate marathons in Germany, including Rhein-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, and other areas.
  • BERLIN INLINE MARATHON
    http://www.berlin-marathon.com/
  • JEVER BLADE CHALLENGE SERIES
    http://www.jever-blade-challenge.de/
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN GERMANY
    //countries/de/


    Italy
    Inline Marathons in Italy Travelers visit Rome to see ancient ruins, renaissance palaces, medieval churches, and the Vatican, and to spend time relaxing in the city's beautiful outdoor squares, filled with fountains and outdoor cafes. Italy is not a country where you will always be permitted to skate in the street, but many large cities have car-free Sundays when it is possible to skate, and some cities even have regularly scheduled night skates (Verona for example). Italy also has several inline skate marathons, the most famous of which is the Rome Roller Marathon. There are also marathons in Maranello and Ferrara and several other towns in Italy.
  • ITALIAN INLINE CUP
    http://www.italianinlinecup.it/
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN ITALY
    //countries/it/


    Kenya
    Inline Marathons in Kenya East Africa is one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world, and Kenya is in the very heart of African safari country. In June of 2003 you can skate the Nairobi International Race and combine that adventure with a game-viewing safari through the world famous Masai Mara National Game Reserve. For more information about the Nairobi race contact Jack Njoroge at nairobimarathon@hotmail.com.
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN KENYA
    //countries/ke/


    Korea
    Inline Marathons in South Korea Seoul Korea is famous for ancient palaces, beautiful parks, and the Han River that runs through the middle of the city. In April of 2003, visitors to Seoul can participate in the first annual Munhwa Inline Marathon. Seoul has a large community of skaters who meet each weekend to skate as a group along the banks of the Han River. Skaters visiting Korea should be sure to make time for a visit to Jeju island off the South Coast of Korea. Jeju is very similar to Hawaii, and it has its own skating club, a new skating track, and even its own skate tour company called Jeju Island Tours.
  • MUNHWA INLINE MARATHON
    http://marathon.munhwa.com/inline/
  • SKATING ON JEJU ISLAND
    http://www.skatelog.com/countries/kr/jeju.htm
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN KOREA
    //countries/kr/


    Netherlands
    Inline Marathons in the Netherlands The Netherlands is one of the best countries in the world for a skating holiday because the country is very flat, and because nearly every road has a bicycle trail next to it. Many Dutch cities have night skates, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Groningen, Haarlem, and others. The Dutch Federation organizes an inline racing series each year called Univé Top Competitie with marathons and other races in Alern, Hallurn, Zanstad, Steenwijk, Bantega, and many other locations.
  • DUTCH SKATING FEDERATION
    http://www.skatebond.nl/
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN THE NETHERLANDS
    //countries/nl/


    Portugal
    Inline Marathons in Portugal Portugal is a fascinating and relatively inexpensive travel destination with a rich seafaring past, beautiful beach resorts, and charming towns connected by olive groves and vineyards. Portugal has a strong skating community, and the country has several marathons and other skating events organized by skating clubs in Serpa, Lagos, Válega, and other areas.
  • SERPA SPEED SKATING CLUB
    http://www.portalserpa.com/6dias/
  • ROLLER LAGOS SPEED SKATING CLUB
    http://www.rollerlagos.com
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN PORTUGAL
    //countries/pt/


    Spain
    Inline Marathons in Spain Pamplona Spain is famous for the "running of the bulls", an event where local residents and visitors try to outrun a stampede of angry bulls without getting trampled under their hooves. That city also has a skate marathon called the Pamplona Inline Marathon a Grand Prix event on the World Roller Cup Tour. Skaters visiting Spain should also participate in the Barcelona Friday Night Skate and visit the coastal city of Sitges.
  • SPANISH SKATING FEDERATION
    http://www.fep.es/
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN SPAIN
    //countries/es/


    Switzerland
    Inline Marathons in Switzerland When most people think of Switzerland they think of Alps, clocks, chocolate, yodelers, and banks, but when I think of that country I think of skating! The Swiss have a very well organized Swiss Inline Cup series and in 2003 the SIC organizers took over managing the World Inline Cup. The Swiss racing season runs from May to October, and events are staged in the most scenic parts of Switzerland including including Basel, Bern, Zurich, Engadin, Lausanne, Zug and many other places.
  • SWISS INLINE CUP
    http://www.swiss-inline-cup.ch
  • GUIDE TO SKATING IN SWITZERLAND
    //countries/ch/


    United States
    Inline Marathons in the United States In the United States you can skate in a marathon while visiting Disney World in Florida, the beaches of Southern California, New York City, the Great Lakes Region, and the deserts of California and Arizona. The largest marathon in the United States is the Northshore Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, with more than 4000 skaters. There are also skating marathons in Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Wisconsin. For a complete list of skating marathons in the U.S. and Canada see:
  • TEN MARATHONS IN NORTH AMERICA
    http://www.skatelog.com/events/marathons-us10.htm



    Related Web Sites
    Guide to Skating in 100 Countries
    Calendar of Skating Events: 2003-2008
    Country and City Travel Guides
    InlineMarathons.com
    World Inline Cup

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