Read below for everything you need to know about NorthShore Inline Marathon waves, what wave you should be in, Elite versus Advanced versus Recreational waves, and our handy Wave Placement Guide!
NorthShore Inline Marathon Waves:
|Wave||Estimated finish time|
How do you figure out your estimated finish time, especially if you’ve never skated 26.2 miles? That is a bit tricky. Consider race day adrenaline and the fact that our course is totally closed… no traffic to deal with, no traffic lights, stop signs, etc… It is smooth sailing from start to finish. Also, many skaters will form a paceline (think: Tour de France) to use aerodynamics to their advantage. Skating in a group like this can cut serious time off your marathon.
We generally recommend calculating your average speed or pace during your most recent and longest skate and extrapolate that out to the marathon distance to get a rough estimation of your finish time.
Half Marathon Skate:
Elite Marathon Waves: (Elite waves are based on age on race day)
Why do we have waves for our race? With thousands of skaters taking off within a matter of minutes, over the years we have found that splitting skaters into groups based on ability and speed is better for the safety of our event and the enjoyment of YOU, the athlete!
If you sign up for a wave and will be a little bit outside of the time recommendations, it’s OK! We come up with our wave placement guide based on average times from previous years. If you are drastically outside of the time recommendations, or just want to start in a different wave, you can submit a wave change for $15 fee here: www.tempotickets.com/nsim2019, under the Wave/Race Change ticket option.
What wave did I sign up for? We’ll send out confirmation emails with all of your info (shirt size, wave, etc…) near the end of August!