Schedule of events

Friday, September 14:
  • Expo & Packet Pickup | noon – 9pm
  • Kids Sprints 5:00pm Harbor Drive-Free
Saturday, September 15:
  • 6:45am-Inline Half Marathon & Combined
  • 7:00am-Wheels Off Half Marathon RUN
  • 8:00am-Tunnel 10K RUN
  • 8:30am-Rollerski
  • 8:45am-Full Inline Marathon
  • 9:15am-Combined Skate
  • 2:30pm-Inline Awards-Grandma’s Sports Garden

Directions

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) is located on the Duluth Waterfront, exit 256b from I-35. The address is 350 Harbor Drive.  From the South take I-35 north and exit at Lake Ave. & 5th Ave. West (exit 256B), at the stoplight turn right, take the next immediate right down to Railroad Street, turn right onto Railroad Street then right into the DECC parking lot. From the North use Lake Ave. (exit 256B), at the stoplight turn left onto Canal Park Drive, immediately get into the right lane and turn right onto Railroad Street. After driving under skywalk turn left into DECC parking lot.


Parking

Friday and Saturday daily parking at the DECC is available for a $5 fee. The DECC also offers overnight parking for single vehicles ($10/night) & RV’s (electric hook-up ($35) or non-electric sites ($25)). More information is available at www.decc.org or by calling (218) 722-5573, ext.283. There is some free parking in the area however, it is limited. No parking will be available at the start area! All participants, other than those staying in Two Harbors, are strongly urged to take the shuttle buses to the start line.


2019 Date and Registration

The 2019 NorthShore Races will occur on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Registration for 2019 will be available at the Expo and on our website starting Friday, September 14th, 2018.


Volunteers

We need your help to make the events a success. We have MANY volunteer opportunities available from individuals to large groups!

Volunteers are needed on Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th. Lend us a hand and get a great short sleeve volunteer T-shirt.

We will post volunteer positions in August. For questions and information, please email Volunteer Coordinator Kris Kolenz at kkolenz@gmail.com.


 History

The NorthShore Inline Marathon is in its 23rd year. Legend has it that the event started with a casual conversation among local athletes at former Olympic skier George Hovland’s house. The event launched in 1996, with 1,500 skaters taking part. The race quickly became the largest in North America, attracting world champions and future Olympic medal winners. Today it is the world’s 4th largest inline race, behind the likes of Berlin, Germany, and Seoul, South Korea.

The NorthShore Inline Marathon has been recognized repeatedly for excellence. In 1997, it was featured on the cover of inline skating authority Fitness & Speed Skating Times out of Pompano Beach, Florida. In 2000 and in 2001, the magazine named the NorthShore Inline Marathon as the best inline race in the world. It has the distinction of having been the only inline World Cup event held in the United States, and currently hosts the National Championships.

The 26.2-mile full marathon basically follows the famed Grandma’s Marathon course, with one difference – downtown Duluth’s brick-lined Superior Street is NOT skater-friendly, so the athletes duck into the I-35 tunnels at Lemon Drop Hill. They cross the finish line just inches from Lake Superior, in front of retired ore ship William A. Irvin.

To offer the beautiful course to other active life styles, the board approved the addition of a Rollerski event established in 2011. The NorthShore inline weekend also became host to the “Wheels Off “half marathon run beginning in 2012 as well as the Minnesota Power Tunnel 10k run in 2013. So all in all the 22nd annual inline weekend events consist of:  kids sprints, half inline skating, half marathon run, full marathon rollerskiing, full marathon inline skating, a 10k run and to round out the events the “combined event” which participants skate the half marathon as well as the full marathon for a total of 39.3 miles on inline skates!