Is the course hilly?
The course has some rolling hills, however, we do not consider any of the hills to be intimidating for the average skater.
Is the race primarily for younger skaters?
Not at all. The average age for men is around 40 and 35 for women. Skaters in their sixties and seventies compete every year.
Are there water stations along the course?
Yes, we have four water stations totaling 20,000 bottles of water. You will have access to water in cups at the start and the stations are at 6, 14, 20, mile 23, and at the finish line. These mile marks are approximate. Because of congestion, we highly recommend that you carry your own water bottle as well.
Do you place Porta Potties along the course?
Yes, we have 36 toilets at the full start, 20 at the 1/2 start area, 2 at each of the medical and water stations and 12 at the finish.
May I pick up my race packet the morning of the race?
Yes, from 5:00 – 8:30 am a tent will have all the remaining packets at the front main entrance to the DECC complex where the buses load. Once the last bus leaves the packets are no longer available. Note: this is not the door used for the expo of the finish line activities.
Is there a cutoff time?
All skaters must be off of the course by 2pm. Please note your wave start time and plan accordingly. We will have a sag vehicle and will pick up any racers still on course after the strict 2pm cutoff.
If I am going to stay north of Two Harbors, do I have to travel to Duluth and ride a bus to the start?
No. You may be dropped off in Two Harbors to skate to the start.
If I stay in Two Harbors, will there be transportation back to Two Harbors?
Yes. We have arranged for one bus at 2:30 p.m.
If I can’t pick up my race packet, can a friend pick it up for me?
No, you must pick up your own packet.
What do I do with my shoes at the start?
We provide a bag with your bib number on it so that you may place your personal items in it. The bags are then placed in trucks and transported to the finish area. Please be patient. It takes time to sort thousands of bags. Do not put any valuables in the bag.
Can I wear my skates on the bus?
No, skates cannot be won on the busses for safety reasons.
Can I switch my finisher t-shirt for a different size?
After all the finisher shirts have been distributed you can try to switch shirt sizes at the information booth, if they exist, but not before all competitors get the shirt they ordered.
Can I change my race category?
Category changes can be made up until August 31. Once the race is electronically packaged on August 24th, no changes will be possible for any reason. There is a $10 fee associated with any category changes.
How do I know what category to sign up for?
If you have raced the race before, the computer will place you electronically. If this is your first race we will go by your estimation of your finish time. You can appeal your category if you have a compelling reason for a switch, however, this does not mean it will happen automatically, it means the competition committee will consider the appeal. All changes must be completed by August 31.
Is there a quad skater category?
Yes! New in 2016, we’ve added a category for quad/roller skates in the full and half marathon. Please register for the quad wave on the registration form, or email mike@northshoreinline to switch. Quad skaters in the marathon will start with Rec Wave 1. PLEASE NOTE that ALL skaters must be off of the race course by 2pm! Please plan accordingly!
How do I train for a marathon?
Log on to www.marathonskating.com. This is a comprehensive how to guide to train for a marathon. it is presented by Zephyr Inline Tours for a fee of $70.
What is the most definitive website out there for the citizen racer?
In our opinion it is http://www.iisa.org/marathontrain.htm
Can I change events?
Yes, event changes must be done prior to August 31. There are fees associated with event changes. Please contact the office at (218) 723-1503 for further details.