This comes from today's Des Moines Register.
Des Moines: 12 ideas to steal
9. Inline skating marathons: Duluth and St. Paul, Minn.; Orlando
WHAT IS IT: 26-mile race on inline skates.
WHY WE SHOULD STEAL IT: Inline skating marathons are surging in popularity but are still new enough that only about a dozen cities in the United States offer them (compared to the more than 400 running marathons held annually). The one in Duluth attracts nearly 4,000 skaters. Plus, in cities that already have a running marathon like Des Moines, inline skating races are fairly easy to organize because they can use the same course.
COST: The St. Paul Inline Marathon in Minnesota costs about $125,000 and drew 1,700 in its third year last year.
Full story: http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs. ... 10354/1039
Who knows if anything will come of it ... but it's nice to know they are thinking about us.