The 2019 NorthShore Inline Marathon will be the largest inline skating race in the United States. Thanks to a perfect point-to-point course along Lake Superior’s North Shore, great roads, and roadway completely closed to outside traffic, the NorthShore Marathon is known as one of the most iconic, fun and inclusive endurance events around. Races include the NorthShore Inline Marathon, Inline Half Marathon, Combined 39.3 Mile Skate, and Rollerski Marathon.

2019 Schedule of events

Friday, September 13:
  • Expo & Packet Pickup | noon – 9pm
  • Kids Sprints 4:00pm Activities Arena (DECC South Pioneer Hall)-Free
Saturday, September 14:
  • 6:45am-Inline Half Marathon & Combined
  • 7:00am-St. Luke’s Wheels Off Half Marathon Run
  • 8:00am-Tunnel 10K Run
  • 8:30am-Rollerski Marathon
  • 8:45am-Inline Marathon
  • 9:14am-Combined Skate
  • Noon-Run Awards-The Sports Garden
  • 2:30pm-Skate Awards-The 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 ($40/day) or non-electric sites ($30/day). More information is available on the DECC website 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.


2020 Date and Registration

The 2020 NorthShore Races will occur on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Registration for the 25th Annual NorthShore Inline in 2020 will be available at the Expo and on our website starting Friday, September 13th, 2019.


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 13th and Saturday, September 14th. Lend us a hand and get a great long sleeve volunteer T-shirt.

Please email Volunteer Coordinator Kris Kolenz at kkolenz@gmail.com.


 History

The NorthShore Inline Marathon is in its 24th 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; Paris, France; 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 – athletes travel onto 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 Event weekend also became host to the Wheels Off Half Marathon Run beginning in 2012 as well as the Tunnel 10k Run in 2013. So all in all the 24th annual NorthShore weekend events consist of:  Kids Sprints, Inline Half Marathon, St. Luke’s Wheels-Off Half Marathon Run, Rollerski Marathon, Inline Marathon, Tunnel 10k Run, and Combined 39.3 Mile, where skaters do both half and full courses for 39.3 miles and compete for the fastest combined half and marathon time.