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Revised Skate of the Union Drawing a Crowd

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By Planet Staff
Sept. 16, 2010

Start of 2009 Skate of the Union inline race

Start of last year's Skate of the Union
Photo: Sheldon Caplan/Skater Network

 

Adding a full marathon and joining NROC appears to be creating some magic for the Skate of the Union in Chantilly, VA.

About 200 skaters are expected to lace up for Sunday's event in the metro Washington, DC, area. That's about 50 more skaters than last year.

Previously, the 7-year-old event featured a half marathon, along with 5K and 10K races. But this year, organizers decided to add a full marathon.

“We’ve been toying with the idea for a while,” said organizer Krista Schreffler, owner of Skaters Quest skate school in Arlington, VA. “But this year people were asking for a full marathon, so we decided to do it.”

The organizers also joined the 2010 National Roller Cup as a major event, giving NROC skaters one more chance to earn points before next week’s season finale in New York. The Skate of the Union is also the final event of the 2010 Eastern Seaboard Series.

A strong field is expected to skate the marathon. Among the top names are:

  • Hoigaard’s Herb Gayle
  • Asphalt Beach’s Jessica Wright
  • Skaters Quest’s Brian Oswald and Jeffrey Neal
  • K2/Empire’s Francisco Ramirez, Knowl Johnson and Karin Gabriel
  • Bont’s Norm Kirby
  • Twincam's Eddy Matzger
  • Cado Motus’ Zach Stoppelmoor

The event will also include a contingent of first-time racers from DC-ICE, an inner-city youth program organized by Oympic speed skater Nathaniel Mills.

The skaters will compete on the driver training track of the Fairfax County Police Department. The track is a 1.1-mile flat loop on smooth pavement.

Proceeds from the event will go to Special Olympics Virginia. “And we expect to have some Special Olympians on-site to cheer us on,” Schreffler said.

The forecast for Sunday’s event is sunny and warm with a high temperature of 85 degrees (F).

The Inline Planet will provide live blog coverage of the race starting at 9 a.m. EDT.

Skate of the Union, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010

  • 8 a.m. - 10K
  • 8:40 a.m. - 5K
  • 9:30 a.m. - full and half marathon

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