The second annual Squiggy Classic Inline Marathon will start at 9:00 AM on March 9, 2008 at Flatwoods Wilderness Park in Tampa, FL
The course will be open for warm ups starting at 7:30 AM. The awards ceremony and party will be early afternoon.
This year's event will include: a ½marathon in addition to the full marathon on Sunday, a social skate in the dark Friday night (start 7 pm) and time trials Saturday.
The course is a 7 mile asphalt loop; pavement is in very good condition, and very level, as typical for Florida.
Racers may skate a full or half marathon (inline or quad skates only). Marathon race categories will be Elite, Elite Master (age 35+), and Open. Awards will be given to the fastest 3 skaters of each gender in Elite and Elite Master, and in 10-year groups of Open skaters (0-9, 10-19, 20-29, etc.). Cash prizes will be given to fastest skaters in various categories on various laps; details will be announced before and/or during the race.
Time trials (7 mile) will be March 8, starting at 11:00 AM. For individual racers, this will be an opportunity to test yourself on the course and earn rights to advanced starting positions for the marathon. For newer skaters, not yet ready for a full race, this will be a great first competitive event, without the pressure of head-to-head racing. Quad skate and roller ski skaters are also welcome to participate in the time trial.
Team inline racing outdoor will also be introduced to the USA as part of the team time trials. Teams of 3, 4, or 5 skaters start the race. All skaters must stay within 10 meters of each other throughout the race (or the skater who is further is disqualified). The team time is the time of the 3rd skater to cross the finish line.
Skate events are part of the traditional Squiggy festival, a multi-sport event including bicycle races, adventure races, mountain biking and more. For more details: http://www.squiggyclassic.org/
Come spend the weekend, enjoy and cheer other athletes, and then show them the thrills of inline racing.
Event registration will be via active.com or on site throughout the weekend (cash only if registering on site). The number of time trial skaters is limited, so registration for this event may close early.
Registration fee will be $55 for marathon or ½ marathon and that includes free time trial and free night skate. Alternatively you can choose to skate in the time trial or night skate only. The time trial is $20 and the night skate is $5.
Within the registration fee for marathon, ½ marathon and time trials is included an event t-shirt, make sure to let us know your size when you register.
The Squiggy Festival is sponsored by the Wilderness Trails Association, which exists to support the trails of Hillsborough County, and to promote their enjoyment by the public. The Festival is to encourage everyone to enjoy the parks, and to help raise funds to better the parks.
The skate events are co-sponsored by Grow Inline Speed LLC, which promotes inline speed skating and related activities.
For further information, see HYPERLINK "http://www.squiggyclassicinline.com" http://www.squiggyclassicinline.com
and active.com (from 15 November 2007) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be other activities that weekend, go to http://www.squiggyclassic.org
for the complete schedule.
Map to Flatwoods: HYPERLINK "http://tampabay.citysearch.com/profile/2657863/" http://tampabay.citysearch.com/profile/2657863/