The Week That Was 09/28 – 10/04 – Inline Skaters Break Records At Berlin Marathon

Bart Swings

A day before the runners began Sunday’s 26.2-mile journey to the finish line, the men’s and women’s inline skating races took place. Both winners broke the course record in that event.

Belgian Bart Swings skated to a time of 58 minutes, 10 seconds to capture victory in the men’s race. A speed skater, Swings has 11 world championships gold medals on the ice and several silver and bronze medals.

Newton Daily News – West Gate skating rink grand opening Wednesday

A major remodel took place over the past two years at the former Skate Castle, now West Gate, on the west side of Newton. (Jamee A. Pierson/Daily News)

The Week That Was 09/14 – 09/20

Daily Local News – Downingtown resident to skate with USA Junior World Team

Daniel Brown practices his inline speed skating on a nearby track in East Brandywine. Brown, a distance skater, was recently named to the Junior World Team. VINNY TENNIS – Daily Local News

Daniel Brown is set to compete next month in Argentina on the Junior World USA Team for pro inline speed skating for his second consecutive year.

Duluth News Tribune – Inline marathon: Perez edges rivals by 6 seconds; 16-year-old skates to women’s title

Franchesca Bell (center), 16, of Orlando, Fla., celebrates as she crosses the finish line of the NorthShore Inline Marathon in Duluth on Saturday morning. Bell is the overall women’s winner of this year’s race. (Clint Austin /

I’ve never raced in a more beautiful race,” men’s winner Carlos Perez said through an interpreter. “I’m always very concentrated on what I’m doing, but it helped me a lot to relax looking around and seeing the surroundings.

“The lake was beautiful and the people with the cowbells were really exciting.

The Gainesville Sun – Resilient college student shines at NSIM while being treated for cancer at UF Health

The Florida woman also spent most of August training for a 26-mile inline skating marathon Saturday in Minnesota to raise funds for her doctor’s cancer research, all while receiving regular chemotherapy. Her resolve is a far cry from the woman she was that December night, angered and in disbelief.

The Week That Was 08/31 – 09/06

Sk8tSkool – BART, JOEY, CHAD … the truth!

Individual Response To Training Stimuli

Let’s get one thing straight; these people (Bart, Joey and Chad) are genetically different to you and me. They are called “mega-responders”, but it’s more fun, with the deepest of respect, to call them affectionately “genetic freaks”. 

Washington Post – Top skaters do 26.2 miles in 90 minutes, saying it’s easier on the knees than running

“Skating, to me, is everything,” Maureen Cohen Harrington, a member of the board of directors of WAR, said in an e-mail. “Physical health. Mental health. Accomplishment (at least, sometimes). Fun. Friendship. Travel. Adventure. While other sports subcultures may share many of these qualities, skating is uniquely appealing to me.”

Bunch Start

NZ Timaru Herald – Skaters take to Timaru raceway

Christchurch’s Ollie Jones and Hutt Valley’s Antony Nalder Hutt scorched around the Timaru International Motor Raceway in the first ever 100km speed skating race held in New Zealand.

The pair fought out a close finish with Jones winning in the outstanding time of 2hr 55min 42.14sec, averaging just over 34kph, with Nalder just a few metres.

The Week That Was 08/24 – 08/30

Inline Skating Makes A Comeback

A big 90s fitness trend is starting to make a comeback, and no — it’s not Tae Bo. You won’t have to buy a DVD or sign up for a class to try it.

However, you will have to invest in some new fitness equipment. According to Refinery 29, inline skating, or rollerblading, is starting to come back in a big way.

Sk8Skool – Frame Review 2014 Frame Review 2014

Inline Warehouse and K2 Sponsor NSIM Marathon Costume Contest

Since 1996, The Northshore Inline Marathon has been the largest non-profit inline skating marathon in North America. Held in Duluth, MN, the marathon course is enjoyed by thousands as one of the most beautiful stretches of road in America. Many participate in the marathon as an excuse to see the scenery.

Inline Warehouse has partnered with K2 to offer a fun incentive to skate in this 19th Annual NSIM marathon: a Costume Contest!

The Week That Was 04/20 – 04/26

WTAE – Pro Speedskating comes to Pittsburgh

Donara native bringing “Rally in the Valley”

Registration Opens for the North Carolina Skate Marathon

Race date is Sunday, August 17, 2014. 5k, Half and Full Marathon distances.

Pittsburgh TribLIVE – National Speedskating Circuit to Valley Skating Center in Donora Friday Night – How To Motivate

How do you motivate someone without seeming like you’re nagging them? That’s the golden question for any parent, or coach who has ever tried to get a kid to stick with something they know is going to be good for them. As a kid, it’s hard to grasp the idea of wasted talent, we just don’t understand…

NZ Nelson Mail – Club celebrates skating history

NZ Wanganui Chronicle – Wanganui veterans lead Kiwi line-up

This Week’s News

High Point Enterprise – Laughs, tears as Rol-A-Rink closes doors

The High Point rink where Heather Richardson learned to skate closes its doors.

Al Kaiser of Roanoke, Va., said High Point was a mecca of competitive skating when he started coming to the Rol-A-Rink as a 15-year-old.

“If you wanted to be in the upper echelon of the sport, a national contender, you had to come to High Point to race.

It’s amazing to me that it’s held on this long.”

The Week That Was 03/10-03/16

Skate Talk with Boomer and the Coach – Skate Talk with Jim Larson

Jim Larson is back on this episode of Skate Talk with Boomer and the Coach. Jim does it all. He’s an elite skater, setting records at Nationals. He’s a vendor, a coach, a referee and he joins us on Skate Talk with Boomer and the Coach to talk about it all!

Northshore Inline Marathon Announces Updated Starting Wave Format

The advanced and recreation waves have been consolidated for 2014.

Wave Start Times

9:15 – Elite Open Men
9:20 – Elite Masters Men 30-39
9:25 – Elite Masters Men 40-49
9:30 – Elite Masters Men 50+
9:35 – Elite Open Women & Elite Masters Women 40+
9:40 – Advanced Wave 1
9:43 – Advanced Wave 2
9:46 – Advanced Wave 3
9:49 – Combined Skaters
9:52 – Recreation Wave 1
9:55 – Recreation Wave 2
9:58 – Recreation Wave 3

Placement Times – Please use this guide for wave placement. Due to the heavy headwinds last year, DO NOT use your 2013 finish times. If you’re already registered, we will move you to the appropriate wave.

Advanced Wave 1 1:12.00-1:18.99
Wave 2 1:19.00-1:24.99
Wave 3 1:25.00-1:30.99
Recreation Wave 1 1:31.00-1:45.99
Wave 2 1:46.00-1:59.99
Wave 3 2:00.00-3:30.00

The Week That Was 03/03-03/09

Bradenton Herald – Bradenton speedskaters grab share of medal treasure at local meet

Ethan Cutchineal, 10, left, leads the way ahead of Coach George Dabbiero during Tuesday’s Bradenton Astro Skate speed skating practice. RICHARD DYMOND/Bradenton Herald

2014 Tampa Classic Details

Bradenton Herald – Bradenton to host first inline speed skate meet in a decade

NZ Timaru Herald – Teen skaters testing ability on world stage

NZ Timaru Herald – Coach Begg urges funding rethink

Montgomery Patch – Long Beach Student Medals at Pan American Games

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