You’ve always wanted to run Grandma’s Marathon, but for one reason or another it just wasn’t in the cards. So this Saturday, September 14th, 2013 you have the chance to follow the entire 26.2-mile Grandma’s course on skates. The NorthShore Inline Marathon is the largest inline marathon in the United States, and it all takes off at 9:30 am Saturday morning.
Race categories range all the way from beginner to expert, and in my humble opinion the times turned in by racers in the past are very impressive. All age groups can race, and in a variety of forms. For the inline skaters there is a half-marathon distance, and the full marathon distance. There is also a full marathon for the rollerskiers, in both the classic and skate form. Of course if you are just dying to run, there is a Wheels Off Half Marathon beginning at 7:00 am, and the inaugural Tunnel 10k. If you are really a glutton for punishment there is a combined category to accommodate those who want to run the half marathon and skate the full marathon.
The skaters will come right down the North Shore from Two Harbors on Scenic Highway 61 so there will be many excellent opportunities to view the race as a spectator. The race will finish in front of the William A. Irvin docked at the Minnesota Slip in Duluth’s Canal Park. Stake out a spot near the finish line in front of the Irvin, or watch the skaters circle the DECC as last minute sprints and strategies play out.
Inline Marathon organizers have also put out the call for volunteers during all three days of events. If you would like to pitch in and help out head to the website and fill out a contact form.
This race will serve as the 2013 National Championships so head out and support the 3000 skaters as they trace the historic Grandma’s Marathon route on September 14th.