Planet Race Previews ...
Inline Planet previews of inline skate races, marathons and other events listed in reverse order of publication.
Speed Skaters Converge for Smaller World Championships - They've got a new name. And they are smaller than last year. But this year's World Speed Skating Championships promise to be just as exciting as ever with the top inline racers in the world -- including USA's Brittany Bowe and Joey Mantia -- competing for gold, silver and bronze on track and road. (Here's the Planet Preview of the 2005 World Speed Skating Championships!) (Aug. 25, 2005)
Watch ESPN Sunday for Highlights of the St. Paul Marathon
The Napa Marathon Rolls This Weekend Through Wine Country!
Many of the Top Inline Speed Skaters Snub the World Games
After Last Week's Shove-Fest, World Cup Moves to Vallee de Joux
Rollerblade's New Strategy Helps Deflate the Fila Juggernaut
Fallout From Last Year May Be Cause for Smaller Numbers for 2005 Disney Marathon
Top Teams Have Lots to Prove as World Inline Cup Moves to Taipei
300 Skaters Expected at Inaugural Metrodome Inline Marathon
Outdoor Season Opens Sunday in N. California With the Greg Levien 50 K
Can the Sports Capital of Texas Keep the Road Rash Growing?
Is This the Start of Inline Marathoning in Mexico?
The Silver Strand's Silver Lining! ... The Silver Strand Half Marathon in San Diego (this Sunday) is only in its second year, but it's a healthy little event that offers hope for the future. ... There's no talk of doing away with this race. In fact, the promotor is talking about creating an all-new, full inline marathon for 2006. Our hat's off to this great fledgling event! Here's the Planet Preview of the Silver Strand Half Marathon. (Tuesday, November 9, 2004)
Marathoning in Paradise? ... Sure, it sounds like a contradiction. Shouldn't you be eatin' peaches on the beaches, instead? ... Well, if you're signed up for the Tahiti Black Pearl Inline Marathon (Nov. 7), you get the best of both worlds! One day of racing, five days of beaches! ... For our preview of the marathon, we got an update on the race from organizer Christopher Pierre. (Monday, November 1, 2004)
Cactus Classic Inline Marathon May Roll Into the Sunset After This Year's Race! ... The funky little marathon in the desert may be the latest roadkill on the inline highway. This year's event (Nov. 7) is safe, the race director says. But if new sponsors can't be found, the Cactus Classic will be as endangered as Wiley Coyote. Here's the Inline Planet story. (Saturday, October 30, 2004)
The Athens to Atlanta: the Race That Takes Everything You Got ... And Then Some! ...The A2A Ultra Marathon is an inline skate race that tests the body and the soul of a racer. It's long: 87 mile. It's tough: hills from start to finish. And it's happening Sunday! Here's the Planet preview of the Athens to Atlanta with an interview with Kim Perkins, who has won the women's race the past two years. Too bad we can't get some television coverage, because this 22-year-old event is a real American classic! (Thursday, October 21, 2004)
The Long Beach Inline Marathon Threatened with the Axe in 2005 ... Things are not looking good for the Long Beach Inline Marathon. According to Long Beach race director Dan Joyce, the event is headed for extinction (although this year's event is safe) unless new sponsors can be found to keep it rolling. Here's the Planet story: Marathon Could Get the Axe. And for more, read the Planet Interview with Long Beach Inline Marathon race director Dan Joyce. (Friday, September 24, 2004)
Springtime in Paris, September in Duluth ...Here's the crazy truth: The best place for inline skaters to be in mid-September is Duluth, Minnesota! ... Yes, Duluth, Minnesota, for the skating of the greatest of all U.S. inline racing events, the NorthShore Inline Marathon. This is a great
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event. And it's not just for World Cup racers (although they will be there, too.) Most of the participants will be recreational skaters out for a good time. ... If there's anyway you can get to Duluth on the weekend of Sept 17-19, do it! ... Read my storylet about the NorthShore here. ... And when you're done with that, read my Interview With the Marathon Man, Chuck Carlberg. (Thursday, September 2, 2004)