Planet News Archive

Week of Sept. 11, 2005

(Sept. 12, 2005)
ESPN Signs on As Sponsor of Northshore Marathon - The Northshore Inline Marathon is in great shape once again this year. Not only is it the biggest and richest inline marathon in North America, but it has an impressive new sponsor: the cable sports giant ESPN. (Read the Planet story!) (Sept. 12, 2005)

On the Forum:
Skate Wrenches in Carry On Luggage - Cloe_rose had her skate wrenches confiscated from her carry on luggage this weekend. ... Where do you store your skate tools when you fly? (Add your post.)

Montreal Marathon, Finishers and Photos - Cloe_rose lists the top finishers in the Montreal Marathon and shares a few photos. (Take a look.)

Got a question, comment, event to publicize, or press release? ... Post a note on the Planet Forum

Elsewhere on the Web ... After donating $200 to a Montreal homeless shelter, an out-of-town man is miraculously reunited with his stolen racing skates. But not in time for the marathon. (Read in the Montreal Gazette.)

(Sept. 13, 2005)
K2 Hopes to Spark a Fashion Revolution in Inline Skates - Tired of drab, colorless fitness skates? If so, you're not alone. According to K2, lot of women want skates with more "pop." That's why the company teamed up with designer Jette Joop to create what may be the first-ever line of inline fashion skates. (Read the Planet story!) (See photos of all the new skates!) (Sept. 13, 2005)

Disney World Schedules Skate Event for Kids - Disney is inviting children ages 3 to 12 to race in its All Star Kids Classic next spring in Orlando, Fla. The skate event will be part of the 2006 Disney World Inline Marathon weekend. The Kids Classic is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1. The marathon starts a 6:15 a.m. Sunday morning. The entry fee for kids is $5. (Go to the official web site.) (Sept. 13, 2005)

On the Forum:
How Big Is Too Big? - Ezskater has been trying out Powerslide's ultra-Big Wheel frame: four 100mm wheels, one 90mm wheel. He says it's great for sailing downhill but a lot of weight to carry on the way up. (Read his post.)

(Sept. 14, 2005)
Illinois Woman, 84, Prepares to Skate Her First Marathon - June Carvell has been around inline skates for just about as long as inline skates have been around. On Saturday, she is expected to become the oldest woman ever to participate in the Northshore Inline Marathon. But don't let that fool you. She's still young at heart. Her plan for Saturday's race, she says, is just to have fun. (Read the Planet story!) (Sept. 14, 2005)

Dutch Skater Sets One-Hour Skate Record - Dutchman Frank Fiers set a world record last week by skating 36.512 kilometers (22.688 miles) in one hour. Fiers shaved 52 meters off the old mark of 36.460 kilometers set by Frenchman Tristan Loy in 2000. Fiers set the record on a 400-meter indoor track in Groningen, Netherlands. He appeared to be skating on a hybrid 100mm frame. (See the announcement on the Dutch-language Skate Bond Netherland page.) (Sept. 14, 2005)

On the Forum:
Women Skaters React to K2 Fashion Skates - So far, the reception for the new K2-Jette Joop fashion skates has been good. "So many colors, too few feet," quips Tahiti Girl. (Join the discussion.)

(Sept. 15, 2005)
PR Director Leaves USA Roller Sports - Kellie Habeeb has resigned as director of media and public relations for USA Roller Sports. After three years with the national governing body for roller and inline skating, Habeeb is taking a job with an Omaha public relations firm. USARS executive director Richard Hawkins says he plans to hire a webmaster to take over the job of updating the agency's web site. Jessica Rettig, the agency's coach and recreation coordinator, will edit the USARS magazine. (Read Kellie's farewell note.) (Sept. 15, 2005)

Elsewhere on the Web ... Chris Bretoi hasn't allowed the loss of a leg to stop him. Last month, he skated the St. Paul Inline Marathon (View photo by Darlene Prois.) On Saturday, he will skate his fourth Northshore Marathon. (Read the story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.)

(Sept. 16, 2005)
Group Talks About Ways to Jumpstart Stalled Skate Industry - Skate industry officials and organizers took a few small steps today toward the creation of a new trade organization for inline skating. Meeting in Duluth, Minn., the group agreed to establish lines of communications with the help of a Yahoo discussion group and newsletter. (Read the Planet story!) (Sept. 16, 2005)

Skaters Roll to Rescue of Hurricane Katrina Victims - Skaters who sign up for the final two events of the Eastern Seaboard Series will be aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina. All proceeds from the Lehigh Valley Half Marathon (Sept. 25) and NIRA Outdoor Nationals (Oct. 23) will be donated to the Red Cross for hurricane relief. The coordinators of the racing series are also organizing a disaster relief raffle and auction. (Join their disaster relief effort!) (Sept. 16, 2005)

Elsewhere on the Web ... A web page designer decides to save money by commuting to work on inline skates. Not only does she expect to save on gas but get in shape at the same time. (Read her column in the Connecticut Post.)

(Sept. 17, 2005)
Saggiorato, Baena Win the Northshore Marathon - Today's Northshore Inline Marathon ended in a large field sprint with Fila's Luca Saggiorato finishing just ahead of teammater Max Presti. ... Hyper's Cecilia Baena won the women's race, just ahead of the young U.S. racer Brittany Bowe. Protests were filed over the women's finish, which Bont's Bill Begg described as a "grab fest." (Read the Planet's report!) (Sept. 17, 2005)

Top Finishers in the Northshore Inline Marathon - Both the men's and women's finish in today's Northshore Inline Marathon came down to tightly bunched field sprints. (Here's the list of today's top finishers.) (Sept. 17, 2005)

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