The 2012 Northshore Inline Marathon is set to skate off tomorrow, Saturday September 15th. With approximately 3000 racers, this17th annual edition is the largest inline marathon in North America. The course follows the same route as Grandma’s Marathon run in the middle of June.
This race will be the National Inline Championship and starts just south of Two Harbors. The 26.2 mile course follows the scenic Highway 61 down the north shore, through the Interstate 35 tunnels, and finishes just outside of the DECC. Racers in the full marathon will compete in male and female divisions with a many age categories.
The full marathon race will begin at 9:30 am, and the half marathon skating away at 6:30 am to follow the same route as the second half of the full marathon. There will also be two divisions in the rollerski race, the classic division starting at 10:30 am and the skating division taking off at 10:55 am. Both the half marathon and the rollerski races will have men’s and women’s divisions, with the rollerski race including age categories.
If you are going to stake out a spot at the finish line expect the top finishers, both men and women, to be coming across the line between 10:50 am and 10:55 am. In the past 16 years there have been nearly 43,000 race finishers from Minnesota, the U.S. and multiple foreign countries.
Whether you pick the finish line, or one of the many spots along the very picturesque route to watch the race, you won’t be disappointed by this national championship race on inline skates.
You can follow along with the race on Facebook at Northshore Inline Marathon.