12-week San Francisco Program Will Prepare Skaters for the Napa Valley Inline Marathon
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If USA Inline Fit has even a tenth of the success of its parent (USA Fit), it could have a major impact on the health of inline marathons in North America.
Mintner said she expects between 100 to 200 skaters to sign up for the San Francisco program.
If so, the program could more than double the size of its target marathon in Napa, which last year attracted 112 skaters.
Even an increase of 50 skaters would no doubt be welcome to the organizer of the Napa marathon, David Miles of the California Outdoor Rollerskating Association.
Inline marathons have been an iffy business of late in North America. While a few have thrived with participation of more than 1000, many others have clung to precarious existences with participation hovering around 100.
Will the Transplant Take?
The question is whether USA Fit will be able to graft its successful formula for running marathons onto the inline world.
Mintner said she thinks it can.
"I think inline skating is going to be the next big thing," she said. "I've run five marathons, and really, I can tell you, running a marathon takes so much out of you."
On the other hand, inline marathons are less physically demanding and can be completed in less than two hours, about half the time of a running marathon.
"I think a lot people are going to start looking at inline marathons as an alternative," she said.
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