Planet News Archive ...

... for the week of April 23-29, 2006

(April 23, 2006)
More Results from St. Paul and Paris
Adams Inline won the team time trial at Saturday's Metrodome Inline Marathon. (Go to expanded results page with comments by race organizer Mike Cofrin.) ... (And for more from Paris, go to the list of top finishers in the Val d'Europe World Inline Cup.)

(April 25, 2006)
Darlene Prois Photos of Metrodome Marathon
Taking photos in the artificial light of the Metrodome might prove a challenge for a lessor photographer. But for professional Darlene Prois, the filtered light provided new inspiration — as did the unique format of the Metrodome Inline Marathon's team time trial. (Go to Darlene's photos of the team time trial.)

(April 26, 2006)
San Francisco Gets Healthy Saturdays
Skaters, cyclists, runners and walkers will have another car-free day on Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park — at least temporarily. San Francisco supervisors voted yesterday to try Healthy Saturdays for six months: May 27 to Nov. 25. One of the chief architects of the measure was D. Miles Jr. of the California Outdoor Rollerskating Association. He says he hopes next to persuade the city to repave Kennedy Drive, which was damaged during construction of the De Young Museum. (Go to SFgate story.)

Skate Bytes ...
K2 founder Bill Kirschner died Saturday at age 87. Kirschner's company, based on Vashon Island, Wash., started making skis in 1964 and later added other gear. In 1994, it introduced the first Softboot inline skate.
Do you have $1.8 million and lots of energy? You might be interested in the Southgate Skate Center outside Seattle. For the price, you get a roller rink, eight apartments and three store fronts. (Go to Seattle PI story.)
ormer inline skater Joey Cheek rolled away with another honor this week: He was named the Eric Heiden Athlete of the Year by U.S. Speedskating. (Go to more info.)

(April 27, 2006)
World Inline Cup Tries a New Format
In an effort to improve, while adapting to the requirements of a twisting, narrow road course, the World Inline Cup is trying something new on Saturday: a team time trial with as many as 2500 skaters. (Go to the Planet preview of the Basel World Inline Cup.)

Skate Bytes ...
The Empire Speed Team is urging skaters to attend the resurrected New York 100K (Aug. 26). "Support this event so it doesn't die," says Francisco Ramirez. (Go to his post.)

(April 28, 2006)
Photos of the Val d'Europe
The backdrop was Disneyland Resort Paris. The marathon was 40.7 kilometers. The competition was World Cup. ... Here's the photos. (Go to Val d'Europe event photos.)

Skaters Needed to Roll the Palace
England is sprouting a new half marathon next month that ought to be a hit not only with skaters but with history and architecture buffs. Only hitch: the event (the Blenheim Inline Challenge) won't be back next year unless enough skaters show up. (Go to the Planet story.)

Skate Bytes ...
Planet Inline, the Australian skate school, is offering an ICP Level 1 Instructors Course from June 16-17 in Brisbane. (Go to more info.)

(April 29, 2006)
Upset in Basel!
Underdog Athleticum Rollerblade upset the big boys in today's Basel World Inline Cup in Switzerland with a dominating performance that added drama to the World Cup's first team time trial. (Go to the Planet story.)

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