Sunday June 18, 2006 50 & 15: Napa's Winning Numbers Age was no obstacle for the winners of today's Napa Valley Inline Marathon in California. Team Safe's Dennis Humphrey, 50, won the men's race; Milpitas Speed's Nastassia Hamor, 15, won the women's. - Go to the Planet story.
Monday June 19, 2006 Skate Bytes Another Race & Roll Is on the Way The third issue of Race & Roll skate magazine is at the printers and should start arriving in mail boxes later this week, says publisher Dan Archambeau. If you missed the cover story of the first issue, "4 People Working to Save Our Sport," you can now find it online in its entirety. In collaboration with R&R, the Inline Planet has posted the second half of the article. - Go to 1st part. - Go to 2nd part.
Tuesday June 20, 2006 Photos of the Napa Marathon Downhill legend Dan Burger once again pulled double duty at the Napa Valley Inline Marathon: event photographer and barbecue chef. He did a great job at both. - Go to his photos.
Skate Bytes Freestyle in Detroit UK freestyle champ Naomi Grigg will give two seminars in Detroit this August. The first is an evening workshop devoted to freestyle dance (Aug. 17); then comes a 2-day intro to freestyle slalom (Aug. 19-20). - Go to more info. - Go to Naomi's Intro to Freestyle Skating.
Not Just for Canadians Canada's top marathoners will battle it out on July 9 in Montreal to determine the makeup of the country's national marathon team. But elite racers won't be the only ones skating. The Canadian Inline Marathon and Half Marathon is open to all skaters, including those south of the border. - Go to more info.
Wednesday June 21, 2006 Skate Bytes Rockin' Classic Comeback Canceled last year due to scant pre-registration, the Rockin' Summer Classic is a definite for this year, the organizers say. The multi-race event (Aug. 5) features a day of skate racing on the San Diego Velodrome. - Go to more info.
Tot Skates Are Hot Bravo Sports' kids skates have won a spot on eToys' 2006 Best Summer Toys List. Bravo (maker of Hyper Wheels) sells the skates as part of its "Dora the Explorer" and "Barbie" Junior Roller Skate Kits. The kits include size-adjustable plastic skates and protective gear. Also making it onto eToys' list were the Mount Tikisoki Water Volcano (a glorified lawn sprinkler) and the Fun 'N Foam Factory (a foam maker). eToys says it selected toys that encourage active outdoor play. - Go to more info.
Thursday June 22, 2006 Prois Photos of Big Granite Photographer Darlene Prois was at it again last weekend, this time chronicling the splendor of the Big Granite Inline Marathon in Ashland, Wisc. As usual, the results are stunning. - Go to photos.
Coming Friday!... The debut of a new Planet feature: Skate Tip of the Week, kicked off by none other than skate legend Eddy Matzger.
Skates Bytes St. Paul Morphs Into Race Weekend Organizers are adding an evening race to the Saint Paul Inline Marathon's "Skate Fest." Twenty elite men and women (in separate heats) will race 20 laps around Mears Park starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as the carbo-load diners look on. - Go to more info.
Mapper Hits 80! The Group Skate Mapper reached another milestone today: 80 listings. Among the new entries are the Sunday City Skate in Philadelphia, the Team Rainbo Speed Practice in Chicago and the Brisbane Night Skate in Australia. Here's one that caught our eyes: the First Sunday Skate in Pompano Beach, Fla., with a "jazz brunch after the skate." Now that's civilized! - Go to Group Skate Mapper.
Jessica Makes the Smartskate Choice So how do you launch your sprint when you're skating without a team in the World Inline Cup? Hyper's Jessica Smith hopped aboard a "good bus" to claim her victory Sunday in Zurich, says race director Christophe Audoire. - Go to his description.
Friday June 23, 2006 Learn to Swerve You never know when you'll need to take evasive action, so learn to swerve. Skate legend Eddy Matzger explains how in the debut of the Planet's new Friday feature: Tip of the Week. - Go to Tip of the Week.
Skate Bytes Outdoor Racing Returns to Arizona Arizona is back on the skate calendar with a new hybrid event designed to attract both indoor and outdoor racers. Skaters in the Arizona Rattlesnake Invitational (Oct. 15 in Chandler) will skate one-mile time trials to determine divisions and then compete in three races each of two to six miles. There will also be a team time trial event and free lessons for newbies. - Go to more info. - Go to Fall Event Calendar.
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