Nation’s Largest Inline Marathon Returns to Duluth

Thousands of Skaters, Runners Enjoy A Course With A View

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Duluth is getting ready to host thousands this weekend, as skaters and runners from all over the world are coming to town for the nation’s largest inline skating marathon, the NorthShore Inline Marathon.

Twenty-four hundred participants from all 50 states and 10 countries are expected to partake in all the different races on Saturday morning.

On top of the inline skating marathon, there’s also an inline half marathon, a roller skiing full marathon, a wheels–off half marathon run, and the Minnesota Power Tunnel 10K run – so there’s something for everyone!

Plus, while there are elite skaters heading to town, 90 percent of participants are recreational skaters, so it’s an event that encourages everyone to get out and move with no need to be competitive.

The full marathon starts up in Two Harbors, but follows a different course than Grandma’s Marathon.

Actually, race directors say it’s the course that makes this race different than all the others in the nation.

“The other events are circles or laps and it’s the same course,” said Skeeter Moore, Executive Director of the NorthShore Inline Marathon. “This enables you to skate all along Lake Superior, which I think is very unique, skating on I-35 – the only time you’re on I–35 interstate without any cars.”

As for the elites – Brittany Bowe, an Olympic long track speed skater, will be racing, as well as Bart Swings, the fastest inline skater in the world.

There’s a $20,000 bonus for the person that breaks the men’s record, which is 57 minutes, and $10,000 for breaking the women’s record, which is one hour and 10 minutes.

I–35 will be closed from Mesaba Avenue up to Highway 61 in Two Harbors beginning at 6:15 Saturday morning, and will reopen at 2 PM. 

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