With the completion of the Metrodome Inline Marathon, we are pleased to announce the start of the 2008 season of the Minnesota Inline Grand Prix, hosted by AdamsInline. The Minnesota Inline Grand Prix Series has been created as a fun and friendly way for you to compare yourself to the other skaters in the Upper Midwest area (all of the twelve races are within reasonable driving distance from at least some part of Minnesota, the home of rollerblading), and to identify who is the best skater on the local Minnesota inline racing circuit. With this being the third year of the series, one can also compare their progress over time. The results of the past two years are posted at http://www.adamsinline.com/race_info.html
(AdamInline's race page). This years will be posted in the next few weeks, with updates during the summer racing season within a week or two.
Another goal of the Minnesota Inline Grand Prix is to maintain and increase the sport of inline speedskating and rollerblading in the Minnesota region, ensuring races in the future. Please mark your calendars for the following races:
March 16: Metrodome Inline Marathon
June 1: Grand Old Day On the Go 8k Skate
June 14: Baxter Inline Marathon
June 28: Big Granite Inline Marathon
June 29: Badger State Inline Marathon
July 26: Chicagoland Inline Marathon
August 3: St. Paul Inline Marathon
August 9: Hayward Inline 39-mile Challenge
August 16: St. Michael’s Half Marathon
August 24: North of the 49th Inline Marathon
September 6: Ax Grinder Inline Race
September 13: North Shore Inline Marathon
Grand Prix information will be posted on AdamsInline race page shortly, but here are the basics:
1. Cost is FREE for the entire Minnesota Inline Grand Prix (MIGP) series, though registration to the individual races are separate from the series. Money is not exchanged in any way, nor is money earned from this series.
2. This series is independent of the races, and the races are independent of the series. Being in the MIGP series does not include entry into any race in the series.
3. You do not need to register for the Minnesota Inline Grand Prix; if you participate in one of the above races, you’re in the series
4. Skaters score according to their finish place out of all racers. The first GP skater in each race will score 1,000 points. All others will score based upon the percentile in which the GP skaters finish such that the middle finisher will score 500 points. Points are awarded without regard to age or sex. In scoring races we will use official times from the races.
5. There are 12 GP races. A skater may compete in as few or as many of the races as they choose; however, results from only 5 races
will count. If a skater participates in more than 5 races, only their 5 highest scores will count. Anyone racing in 5 or fewer races will have all of their scores included.
6. Scores are tallied within age division for each sex. Skaters do not change age divisions during the year.
7. Age groups for both male and females are 13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+. In order for an age group to exist, it must have at least two participants, and each participant must complete 2 races. Some division groups may be combined in the upper ages.
8. Participants will be vying for the honor of being identified as the best.
9. Several races have additional shorter-distance-races competing at the same time. In all cases, only the longest event will be counted in the Grand Prix totals.
10. Grand Prix standing information will be on Adamsinline.com. Click on the race information page. Standings will also be e-mailed to all participants by request. To request this, simply email Eric Forseth at email@example.com
and let him know you would like to receive email results.
11. The dates listed above should be checked and confirmed by the races’ websites.
Finally, this series has been a low-key series for those in the Upper Midwest region. We realize that there are many ways to improve this series, but lack the time commitment to expand it. If you have an improvement idea and the time and talent to help, please e-mail Eric Forseth at the following: firstname.lastname@example.org
Train hard and have a great 2008 racing season!