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NIRA Nationals
Canton, MI
Start Date:
Friday, May 05, 2006
End Date:
Sunday, May 07, 2006
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Canton Michigan's Skatin Station II to host the 11th Annual NIRA National Championships

The National Inline Racing Association proudly announces that the 11th Annual NIRA Nationals will be competing at the beautiful Skatin Station II Skating Center in Canton, Michigan. Scheduled for May 5, 6 and 7, 2006, the NIRA looks forward to another exciting NIRA Nationals and the pportunity to compete for the first time within the Great Lakes Region on Skatin Station II�s super fast 85 X 195 foot maple floor.

The 2006 NIRA Nationals combines the International Speed Skating format used for the FIRS World Inline Speed Skating Championships and the �Olympic Style� Short Track Speed Skating. Add the voice of speed skating - Mr. Bob Justice calling each exciting race as only he can, and together you have the National Inline Racing Associations �11th Annual NIRA Nationals� also known as the 2006 National Short Track Inline Speed Skating Championships.

The NIRA Nationals will once again provide the hundreds of skaters from across the country an opportunity to compete for Six Individual National Championship Titles. In addition, Three Person Relays will provide skaters the opportunity to win an additional National Championship Title from the one-hundred and four total events being contested.

Following practice on Friday Afternoon, the competition will begin with the $2000.00 Dash for Cash. In this exciting event, each skater competes individually against the clock (electronic timing) for one lap around the 100-meter oval track defined by sixteen bright fluorescent markers. The skaters are required to use a standing starting position, which is also required for
the World Championships, with the clock starting when the skater breaks the electronic beam at the starting line. This event allows the skaters to compete and develop their starting and sprinting skills necessary for International Competition. $100.00 cash prizes will be awarded to each designated groups overall fastest time. In addition, $500.00 will be awarded for the overall fastest men�s time and ladies time. The Dash for Cash time also determines each skaters qualifying heat and starting line position for the Individual Age Group events.

Saturday�s Competition will start with the Individual Age Group divisions consisting of three separate distances for each age group. The distances will vary from 200 meters to 1500 meters depending upon the age of the skaters. Saturdays events will crown National Champions for the short and long distance events.

Saturday�s events will conclude with the exciting Last Man Out Elimination Races. In this race within a race, the last skater(based on the last point of the last skate crossing the line on each designated elimination lap)is eliminated and must leave the race. When only five skaters remain, a three lap sprint will determine the National Champion and winner of the beautiful Last Man Out Champions Cup. This challenging and exciting event will crown the Last Man Out Elimination Race National Champion in twelve separate age groups.

Sunday�s competition will continue with the Points Races and Individual Age Groups tie breaker middle distance events. With each race in the Individual Age Group division being awarded its own National Championship. Sixty-four National Championships will be awarded including each age groups �Overall Individual Age Group National Champion� determined by combining the three Individual Age Group division races.

The Championships conclude with the skating of the �Three Person Relay� events. Based upon the relay formats from the FIRS World Championships and Olympic Short Track Speed Skating, the skaters will relay every one lap for the three person relays for each relays required distance. The relay events result in close racing, exciting lead changes and many of the Relay National Championships not being determined until the last push.

In looking forward, the �2006 �NIRA Nationals� National Short Track Inline Speed Skating Championships will once again be more than just racing. It will be fun with friends, memories and medals, success and satisfaction, and the championships ultimately bring the Olympic Spirit to life in skaters of all ages,resulting in benefits that go beyond simply winning a race.

For entry information contact: the NIRA at 800-SK8-NIRA or email at [email protected]

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