Google Earth map of the racecourse at Bob Rodale Park.
A strong field of top indoor and outdoor skaters is expected Saturday for Stage 2 of the Eastern Seaboard Series in Trexlertown, PA.
The race is the first East Coast event of the 2010 National Roller Cup season.
Among the top competitors expected to compete are: four members of the U.S. world team — Justin Mannon, Keith Carrol, Samantha Goetz and Chelsea Creveling; Speed Skate World's Peter Doucet and Morgane Echardour; and Cado Motus' Ryan Weiderhold, Sophia Buckaloo, James Springer and Chris Springer.
Among the top master and veteran skaters are Nikko Ramkissoon, Jeff Foster and Miguel Patino. Pro vet Herb Gayle may also lace up, but as of mid-week he was undecided about whether to race in Trexlertown or head to Wisconsin for the new Apostle Islands Inline Marathon, which is also Saturday morning.
About 170 skaters are expected for Trexlertown event, said Bob Albanese, the organizer of the Eastern Seaboard Series. The series attracts about an equal number of pro, advanced and recreational skaters.
The races are held on the beautiful, looping road course at the Bob Rodale Cycling and Fitness Park.
NROC pros will earn Class A points in the 15K; advanced and youth skaters will earn Class A points in the 10K.
Pros will skate nine laps; advanced skaters, six.
Forecasters are predicting mostly sunny skies on Saturday with high temperatures near 90 degrees.
The Inline Planet will provide live blog coverage of the race starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT.
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