Tuesday Sept. 19, 2006 Skate Mapper Those Lucky Floridians! No wonder Florida produces so many great skaters (e.g. Joey Mantia and Jennifer Rodriguez). The state boasts some of the best facilities anywhere, including the amazing Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome in Cooper City. Aside from the tracks, there's a 4K criterium course, site of a weekly Sunday morning marathon. • Look for it on the Group Skate Mapper.
Skate Bytes Ind. Trail Needs Help Half finished, the planned 17-mile Pumpkinvine Trail in north central Indiana is already providing some great rolling for skaters. But there's lots left to do. Want to help? Join the Friends of the Trail, which raises money and awareness for this great resource. • Go to Friends of the Trail. • Go to South Bend Trib story.
Wednesday Sept. 20, 2006 Photos: Northshore Inline Marathon A rain-addled cherry picker marooned Darlene Prois for part of the race. But she still left Duluth with a great collection of photos. • Go to the photos.
Skate Bytes Save the Rattleskate! It's new, it's innovative, and it sounds like a lot of fun. But it's not gonna happen unless 64 more skaters sign up for the Arizona race by Saturday. The organizer needs skaters to pre-register (only 11 have so far) to gauge the viability of the Oct. 15 event. • Go to announcement
Thursday Sept. 21, 2006 Town Mulls Skate Ban It's another one of those knee-jerk ideas. A few skateboarders damage some property in Lake Forest, Minn., so the muckety-mucks propose a partial ban aimed at all skaters. •Go to Planet story.
Skate Bytes a2a May Reach 400 The number of skaters signed up for the Athens to Atlanta Road Skate (Oct. 1) hit 350 last week, and organizers say that day-of registrations could push the number to 400. Only 100 skaters had registered by mid-August 2005 when organizers decided to cancel last year's race. • Go to more Event news. • Become an a2a volunteer.
Houston Marathon Postponed Unable to find a racecourse, organizers have scrubbed the launch of the Houston Inline Marathon but plan to try again next year. This year's event crumbled when a property owner withdrew support. • Go to announcement.
Friday Sept. 22, 2006 Skate Tip of the Week Coping With Smelly Skates As World Team coach and skate mom, Linda Wood has had more experience with stinky skates than she likes to remember. So what's her advice? She lays it out in this week's skate tip. • Go to skate tip.
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