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Northshore Inline Marathon
Northshore Inline
Duluth, MN
Start Date:
Saturday, September 17, 2005
End Date:
Saturday, September 17, 2005
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Adrenaline will surge on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 7:30 a.m. as the gun signals the start of the largest inline marathon and World Cup event in the U.S.A.! Following the same scenic course Grandma's marathoners have run along for the past 26 years, 5,000 inline skaters will test their endurance in the 10th Annual NORTHSHORE INLINE MARATHON.

We need your help to make the marathon a success. Volunteers are needed on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th. Lend us a hand and get a great long sleeve volunteer T-shirt. learn more >>

Enjoy the country's most scenic and exciting inline skating event along the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior! The 26.2 mile marathon begins just south of Two Harbors and continues along Scenic Hwy 61, rolling through the I-35 tunnels, and finishing at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).

There are seven categories with placement dependent upon past performance.

Elite (Cat. 1)
Elite skaters. There are no age group awards in category 1.

Elite Master (Cat. 1M)
Elite skaters 35 to 44 years.

Elite Veteran (Cat. 1V)
Elite skaters 45 years or older.

Advanced 1 (Cat. 2)
Skaters with an ADV 1 NSIM qulifiying time.

Advanced 2 (Cat2)
Skaters with an ADV 2 NSIM qualifying time.

Fitness (Cat. 3)
Skaters with some race experience and the appropriate NSIM wave qualification.

Recreational (Cat 4)
Skaters with little or no race experience and / or the appropriate wave qualification.


$50 for all categories postmarked on or before June 30.

$60 for all categories postmarked July 1 - July 31.

$70 for all categories postmarked August 1 - August 31.

Wave placement will be made on a first received, first placed basis. For skaters with past marathon times please refer to the table below to calculate your cut off time. Skaters with no previous NSIM experience may approximate their finish time.

Entrants must be 13 years or older on race day.

The race will be held rain or shine. Absolutely no transfers of race numbers will be allowed. No refunds can be given for any reason. No category, wave changes or entries can be accepted after August 31st.

Water will be provided to each skater at the start and finish as well as along the course at 3 different water stops in 10 oz. bottles. However, if water is an issue for you we highly recommend bringing your own.

No applications will be accepted after August 31, 2005.

Changes in categories and waves will be handled on a individual basis. Categories and waves are assigned based on past performance or in the case of a first time applicant, the estimated time. With a race of this size it is imperative to place skaters of like abilities and pace together as much as possible. Safety is our number one concern. Any changes granted will be assessed a $10 fee prior to September 1, 2005. Changes after that date will not be possible.

A "finisher" shirt will be awarded immediately after the race in Pioneer Hall at the DECC. Sorry, we will not award a finisher shirts to those who do not race or finish. The award ceremony will be at the DECC Arena commencing at 5 p.m. Awards must be picked up at this time, no awards will be mailed. Monitor this web site for any new information.

Wave starts will begin at 7:30 with all Elite men, Elite women, all Advanced men, all Advanced women, Fitness wave 1, Fitness wave 2, followed by recreation waves 3 through 9. For fitness and recreation skaters, the first digit of your bib number denotes the wave that you are assigned.

Helmets and wrist guards are mandatory to participate in the event. (Participants must be 13 years or older) Knee and elbow pads are recommended. Inline skates only. NO roller skis, ski poles, baby strollers, baby joggers, automobiles, skateboards, bikes, bandits, pets, or little red wagons. Headphone use is prohibited.

The Eighth Annual Kids Sprints will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16th on Harbor Drive on the east side of the DECC. Registration starts at 4 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 16th at 7:00p.m. immediately following the kids sprints there will be a fun skate through the city of Duluth. This event is open to all ages and all skaters; you do not have to be registered for the marathon to skate in the Friday Night Fun Skate. Organized by Zephyr Inline Skate Tours and the Northern Inline Skaters.

Race packets may be picked up from noon Friday, Sept. 16, until 10 p.m. at Pioneer Hall in the DECC, and Saturday at the bus loading area from 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. Chip timing equipment will be available Friday. "Chip volunteers" will be on hand to answer any questions.

The PIZZA LUCE all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at the DECC is served Friday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available through the mail and at the door. The public is welcome. Adults - $8.50. Children 5-12 - $5, under 5 - free.

DIVISIONS Large corporations For teams competing for a corporation employing 100 or more people. Only the top 5 skaters will count toward the team total time, regardless of the number of skaters entered on the team. To ensure the coed nature of the competition, of the top 5, a 3/2 split between the genders must be maintained i.e. 3 women 2 men or vice versa. Small corporations For teams competing for corporations employing fewer than 100 people. Only the top 3 skaters will be count toward the team total time. Of the top 3 a 2/1-gender split must be maintained. Skate clubs / advanced teams Clubs and skate associations may enter teams of at least 5 skaters. 5 skaters will count toward the team total time. To maintain the co-ed nature of the competition, of the top 5 there will be a 3/2 split between the genders. Fitness / Recreational teams Friends and families may enter teams of at least 5 skaters. 5 skaters will count toward the team total time. To maintain the co-ed nature of the competition, of the top 5 there will be a 3/2 split between the genders. RULES A separate form needs to be submitted to enter a team. All team members must be entered on this form and all skaters must be entered as individuals as well. Each team must designate a team captain who will be the contact person. The corporation must currently employ skaters or be immediate family members entered in the corporate divisions. Pro category skaters are not eligible for any of the team challenge divisions. AWARDS Each winner of the two corporate divisions will be engraved on a trophy to be kept at Minnesota Powers corporate headquarters. They will also receive a trophy to keep. The winning Skate Club / Advanced team will receive a trophy. The winning Fitness / Recreational team will receive a trophy. A participation award will be presented to the large and small corporate team with the greatest number of team members. It's free and it's fun. Please contact the office at 218-723-1503 to aquire an enty form for the challenge.

Live entertainment, suds and a great rib dinner at bayfront festival park (next to the DECC) 3 - 10 Saturday evening. Entertainment includes Soulvation from 3 - 6 and Boogie Wonderland Band from 6:30 - 10. This is an outside event staged at the new bayfront park on the waterfront. The event is planned to help fund U.M.D. athletics. Enjoy ribs, baked beans, corn bread and cold pasta salad all provided by BLACKWOODS GRILL AND BAR. Check off the box on your entry form or contact the office for advance tickets. $25 at the door, but only $15 for skaters who puchase in advance.

The NorthShore Inline Marathon is proud to announce it's Second Annual Half Marathon for 2005. This race will take place on the same legendary course as the full marathon 13.1 miles from the finish line and will start at 6:45 a.m. Application can be completed on this web site. Categories include all age groups in both genders. Buses will be provided from the DECC and will start loading at 5:30 a.m. Application is limited to the first 1,000 skaters to apply. To participate in the 1/2 marathon you must be 11 years old on or before race day. The Half Marathon is presented by WDIO / WIRT Television.

The skate and fitness exposition will be held in conjunction with packet pickup and the spaghetti dinner. Representatives from the skate and fitness industry will be there to exhibit, answer questions, and sell the latest in products and services. The event is free and the public is welcome.

We are proud to have Zephyr's as the Official Training Program of the 2005 Northshore Inline Marathon. This six-week online program provides information in five areas (Training Schedule, Skating Technique, Marathon Secrets, Nutrition, and Strengthening) hosted by skating experts from around the country. The online information is supplemented by a chat with these experts and an online bulletin board for skaters to ask and answer questions. As a special offer, the $70 program is free to skaters registered for the 2005 Northshore Inline Marathon. The program has been substantially updated from its 2003 version and is better than ever. Whether you want to skate the marathon for the first time or improve your best time, Zephyr's is your solution.

The NorthShore Inline Marathon is proud to be in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation's "Joints in Motion" program. You can learn more about their programs at

Friday and Saturday parking at the DECC is available for a $3 fee. There is some free parking in the area, however it is limited. No parking will be available at the start area! All participants, other than those staying in Two Harbors, are strongly urged to take the shuttle busses which leave the DECC starting at 5:30 a.m. Those skaters in the earlier waves must be on the earlier busses. Recreational skaters should not board the busses until 6:15 a.m. The last bus will depart from the DECC at 6:45 a.m. There will be two shuttles returning to Two Harbors at 10:30 a.m. and noon.

Phone: 1.218.723.1503 NorthShore Inline Office
Fax: 1.218.723.1463
E-mail: [email protected]

Duluth Convention and Visitors Bureau
100 Lake Place Drive Duluth MN 55802
Phone: 1.218.722.4011 or 1.800.4.DULUTH (1.800.438.5884)
Fax: 1.218.722.1322
Email: [email protected]

Northwest Airlines is the official airline of the marathon. For special travel discounts reference world file #RBAQZ. Northwest domestic reservations available 800-328-1111.

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) is located on the Duluth Waterfront, exit 256b from I-35. The address is 350 Harbor Drive.

From the South take I-35 north and exit at Lake Ave. & 5th Ave. West (exit 256B), at the stoplight turn right, take the next immediate right down to Railroad Street, turn right onto Railroad Street then right into the DECC parking lot. The parking fee is $3.

From the North use Lake Ave. (exit 256B), at the stoplight turn left onto Canal Park Drive, immediately get into the right lane and turn right onto Railroad Street. After driving under skywalk turn left into DECC parking lot. The parking fee is $3.

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