Saturday, September 14, 2019 – Two Harbors to Duluth, Minnesota

The Nation’s Premier Rollerski Marathon


NorthShore is the premiere rollerski event in the USA! Enjoy 42k (26.2 miles) point-to-point from the north shore community of Two Harbors to downtown Duluth, Minnesota along the scenic and powerful Lake Superior.

Start Time: 8:30am

Pricing: $79 (click here for full pricing)

What you Get: Race shirt and finisher medal, full closed race course, transportation, food and hydration, results and awards (click here for more race details)

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Go 21k (13.1 miles) from the Marathon half-way point. Enjoy super scenic views of Lake Superior’s North Shore, skate through Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood, onto the I-35 freeway to the finish in Downtown Duluth.

Start Time: 6:50am

Pricing: $69 (click here for full pricing)

What you Get: Race shirt and finisher medal, fully closed race course, transportation, food and hydration, results and awards (click here for more race details)

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Race Details


What You Get

Every registered athlete gets a short sleeve 2019 race shirt.

Thanks to our food and drink sponsors!

With our unique point-to-point race course, we bus all athletes to the start line and ship the gear bags to the finish!

Each athlete will receive a finish time, published after the event. We will awards top finishers in each race. Click Here for more Race Results and Awards info.

Key Times

Packet Pickup

Your Race Packet contains a unique race bib and timing ankle strap, race shirt, pins, athlete guide, and sponsor goodies. Please make every effort to pick up your own packet on Friday.

Time
Friday, September 13th, 2019| noon – 9pm

Location
Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 Harbor Drive | Duluth, MN

Note: Daily parking in the DECC lot costs $5.00. For complete parking information, visit our Travel page.

For late comers, race packet pickup also available on Saturday morning in the parking garage at the bus loading area from 5:00am to 8:30am, located on Railroad St.

NorthShore Races Start Times

  • 6:45am-Half Marathon & Combined Skate Half Marathon Leg
  • 6:50am-21k Rollerski
  • 7:00am-St. Luke’s Wheels Off Half Marathon Run
  • 7:45am-Tunnel 10k Skate
  • 8:00am-Tunnel 10K Run
  • 8:30am-42k ollerski
  • 8:45am-NorthShore Inline Marathon
  • 9:15am-Combined Skate Marathon Leg
  • Noon-Run Awards-Grandma’s Sports Garden
  • 2:30pm-Skate and Rollerski Awards-Grandma’s Sports Garden

*Note: All event participants must be at 26th Avenue East and London Road (I-35 freeway entrance)(~Mile 23 in Marathon/Mile 10 in Half Marathon) by 1:30pm to be able to complete their race. The course MUST be opened completely at 2pm.

Transportation to Start Line

Buses begin loading from the DECC parking garage area on Railroad St. for the Half Marathon events at 5:00am, Full Marathon event buses begin loading at 7:00am. Please board promptly to insure that everyone arrives at the start lines on time. There is no parking available at the start lines.

Half Marathon skaters and runners: 5-5:45am
All elite skaters and rollerski: 7:00-7:15am
Waves: Advanced 1-3 7:00-7:30am
Waves: Recreation 1 & 2 8:00-8:15am
Waves: Recreation 2 & 3 8:15-8:30am
NO Rec Wave 3 skaters are allowed to board the buses until 8:15am.

For those coming from Two Harbors, it is permissible to be dropped off at the Two Harbors Sonju car dealership and walk or skate to the start line.

Gear Bag Trucks

Gear bag trucks will be at the start line for the half and full marathons so you can bring items to the start (sweatshirt/jacket, shoes, warm-up gear, food, etc…) and they will be delivered to the finish line by the time you are finished with your race. This service is included in race fees for all Marathon and Half Marathon races.

  • Half Marathon Skate and Rollerski gear bag truck will be in front of the start line and and will depart at 6:30 AM.
  • Half Marathon Run gear bag truck will be behind the start line (near bus drop-off area) and will depart at 6:45 AM.
  • Elite and Rollerski Marathon gear bag truck will be in front of the start line and will depart at 8:30 AM.
  • Marathon (Advanced and Rec wave) gear bag truck will depart at 9:15 AM.

PLEASE make sure that you drop your gear bags off in the correct truck before the posted departure time. If you don’t get you gear back in the truck in time, notify a race volunteer and it can be delivered to the finish line/DECC. However, late drop bags are not a priority and may take hours to reach the finish line.

We are not liable for lost or damaged items. Please do not include anything valuable or fragile in your drop bag.


Registration Pricing & Info


Thru May 31 Thru June 30 Thru July 31 Thru August 31 Thru Sept 11 Expo
Rollerski Marathon $79.00 $89.00 $99.00 $109.00 $119.00 $125.00
Rollerski Half Marathon $69.00 $69.00 $69.00 $79.00 $89.00 $100.00

Race Insurance Package

We offer a race insurance package for NorthShore Skate events. For $15, enjoy these free benefits:

  • Race refund option. No questions asked refund for 2019 registration. (Refund request must be made by August 16, 2019. 50% refund up to September 1, 2019). No refunds are granted without Race Insurance Package!
  • Race deferral option. Move your 2019 registration to 2020, no questions asked. (Change must be requested by end of day Sunday, September 1, 2019). No deferrals are granted without Race Insurance Package!
  • Free race transfer. Transfer your 2019 registration to any other person free of charge. (Transfer must be requested by end of day Sunday, September 1, 2019).
  • Free race change. Change your race (from marathon to half, for instance), and you just pay the difference (if applicable). (Change must be requested by end of day Sunday, September 1, 2019).
  • Free wave transfer. Change your wave for no additional fee. (Change must be requested by end of day Sunday, September 1, 2019).

*Note: without Race Insurance Package, there are NO refunds or deferrals under any circumstances!

How to purchase Race Insurance Package: When you register for the 2019 NorthShore Inline races, additionally select the Race Insurance Package option for $15 and you will be automatically enrolled! For changes, email race director Mike Ward at mike@northshoreinline.com.

Details:

  • One Race Insurance Package covers one athlete for one race registration
  • Race Insurance Package must be purchased at time of 2019 NorthShore Inline race registration

Race Course


Enjoy the country’s most scenic and exciting skating and rollerski event along the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior! The 26.2 mile marathon begins just south of Two Harbors and continues along Scenic Hwy 61, rolling through the Interstate-35 freeway tunnels, and finishing in the heart of the city at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The half marathon races start at the marathon half-way point, and the Tunnel 10k races circle Duluth’s Interstate-35 freeway through six tunnels.

The entire course is completely closed to outside traffic and we strive to provide everybody with a road surface optimized for maximum smoothness every year!


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-Half Marathon & Combined Skate Half Marathon Leg
  • 6:50am-21k Rollerski
  • 7:00am-St. Luke’s Wheels Off Half Marathon Run
  • 7:45am-Tunnel 10k Skate
  • 8:00am-Tunnel 10K Run
  • 8:30am-42k ollerski
  • 8:45am-NorthShore Inline Marathon
  • 9:15am-Combined Skate Marathon Leg
  • Noon-Run Awards-Grandma’s Sports Garden
  • 2:30pm-Skate and Rollerski Awards-Grandma’s Sports Garden

42k Start Sequence

8:20 – United States & Canadian National Anthems
8:25 – Clear the course
8:28 – Call to start
8:29 – 60 second warning
8:30 – 42k Rollerski Mass Start

21k Start Sequence

6:35 – United States & Canadian National Anthems
6:40 – Clear the course
6:43 – Call to start
6:44 – 60 second warning
6:45 – Half Marathon Skate Mass Start
6:50 – 21k Rollerski Mass Start


Expo & Skate Fest


The Skate Expo is the hot spot to check out cutting edge businesses and products, featuring all angles of the skating industry.

Clinics

Learn from the best! Sharpen your skills, learn to skate, and try something new with learning opportunities all weekend.

Demos and Shows

Watch skaters who are masters of their craft in disciplines like aggressive, derby, slalom, speed, downhill and more.

Social Skate

Skating is a social sport! Join in for group skates on NSIM weekend.


Race Results and Awards


Awards are at The Sports Garden (425 South Lake Avenue in Duluth, across the blue Minnesota Slip Bridge from the NSIM finish line).

RUN awards are at noon.

SKATE and ROLLERSKI awards are at 2:30pm.

42k Rollerski Awards

The top three 42k Rollerski finishers in each gender specific age class will be awarded an engraved medallion, in recognition of their impressive accomplishment.

Awards are based off of gun time (not chip time). Awards must be picked up at this time and will not be mailed.

Male and Female Class

Overall
29 & Under
30-49
50-59
60+

21k Rollerski Awards

The top three 21k Rollerski finishers in each gender specific age class will be awarded an engraved medallion, in recognition of their impressive accomplishment.

Awards are based off of gun time (not chip time). Awards must be picked up at this time and will not be mailed.

Male and Female Class

Overall
29 & Under
30-49
50-59
60+


Race Week Info


Directions

The NorthShore Inline Marathon & Skate Fest is centered at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) at 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802.

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) is located on the Duluth Waterfront, exit 256b from I-35. 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.

Many parking options can be paid via the Park Duluth app, which is very handy for visiting Duluth. Visit www.parkduluth.com to download the Park Duluth app on your phone.

Packet Pickup

Your Race Packet contains a unique race bib and timing ankle strap, race shirt, pins, athlete guide, and sponsor goodies. Please make every effort to pick up your own packet on Friday.

Time
Friday, September 13th, 2019| noon – 9pm

Location
Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 Harbor Drive | Duluth, MN

Note: Daily parking in the DECC lot costs $5.00. For complete parking information, visit our Travel page.

For late comers, race packet pickup also available on Saturday morning in the parking garage at the bus loading area from 5:00am to 8:30am, located on Railroad St.

NorthShore Races Start Times

  • 6:45am-Half Marathon & Combined Skate Half Marathon Leg
  • 6:50am-21k Rollerski
  • 7:00am-St. Luke’s Wheels Off Half Marathon Run
  • 7:45am-Tunnel 10k Skate
  • 8:00am-Tunnel 10K Run
  • 8:30am-42k ollerski
  • 8:45am-NorthShore Inline Marathon
  • 9:15am-Combined Skate Marathon Leg
  • Noon-Run Awards-Grandma’s Sports Garden
  • 2:30pm-Skate and Rollerski Awards-Grandma’s Sports Garden

*Note: All event participants must be at 26th Avenue East and London Road (I-35 freeway entrance)(~Mile 23 in Marathon/Mile 10 in Half Marathon) by 1:30pm to be able to complete their race. The course MUST be opened completely at 2pm.

Race Timing

Your race packet will contain an envelope with a Pro Chip, provided by Endurance Promotions (our contracted timing company for the NorthShore events) out of Maple Grove, MN. The Pro Chip is a transmitting device for timing, and is attached to a velcro ankle strap to secure to your ankle during the race. Please read the specific envelope instructions. These chips MUST be returned at the finish line as you leave the course. If your chip is not returned or lost a fee of $110 will be charged to you.

Race Bibs

If you would like your name printed on your bib you must be registered by Sunday , August 18th. Do not fold, wrinkle, or alter these numbers. The large bib should be pinned to your chest or abdomen area or right hip.

Porta-potties will be provided at all starting line areas, along the course, and at the finish line. The DECC (race finish area and Race Expo venue) has ample restrooms. Please take care of business BEFORE you head to the start line for your race and wave start. Please refrain from trespassing on private property along the course and near the full and half marathon start lines. Respect the rights of private property–the future of this race depends on it!

Thanks to Brent’s Biffies for providing all of our portable restrooms!

Transportation to Start Line

Buses begin loading from the DECC parking garage area on Railroad St. for the Half Marathon events at 5:00am, Full Marathon event buses begin loading at 7:00am. Please board promptly to insure that everyone arrives at the start lines on time. There is no parking available at the start lines.

All Half Marathon: 5-5:45am
Marathon (all elite skaters and rollerski): 7:00-7:15am
Marathon Waves: Advanced 1-3 7:00-7:30am
Marathon Waves: Recreation 1 & 2 8:00-8:15am
Marathon Waves: Recreation 2 & 3 8:15-8:30am
NO Rec Wave 3 skaters are allowed to board the buses until 8:15am.

For those coming from Two Harbors, it is permissible to be dropped off at the Two Harbors Sonju car dealership and walk or skate to the start line.

Gear bag trucks will be at the start line for the half and full marathons so you can bring items to the start (sweatshirt/jacket, shoes, warm-up gear, food, etc…). Please note that you may NOT wear skates onto the start line buses. Gear bags will be delivered to the finish line by the time you are finished with your race. This service is included in race fees for all Marathon and Half Marathon races.

  • Half Marathon Skate and Rollerski gear bag truck will be in front of the start line and and will depart at 6:30 AM.
  • Half Marathon Run gear bag truck will be behind the start line (near bus drop-off area) and will depart at 6:45 AM.
  • Elite and Rollerski Marathon gear bag truck will be in front of the start line and will depart at 8:30 AM.
  • Marathon (Advanced and Rec wave) gear bag truck will depart at 9:15 AM.

PLEASE make sure that you drop your gear bags off in the correct truck before the posted departure time. If you don’t get you gear back in the truck in time, notify a race volunteer and it can be delivered to the finish line/DECC. However, late drop bags are not a priority and may take hours to reach the finish line.

We are not liable for lost or damaged items. Please do not include anything valuable or fragile in your drop bag.

Helmets are mandatory at all times while on the race course for skating and rollerski races. Wrist, knee, and elbow protection are also recommended.

Rollerskiers are asked to stay to the right of the roadway. All slower athletes please stay towards the right, all faster athletes please pass on the left and announce yourself as you pass.

The entire course for all NorthShore Races is completely closed to outside traffic. All event participants must be at 26th Avenue East (entrance to the freeway) by 1:30pm be able to complete the event. This is Mile 23. The course MUST be opened to traffic at 2pm.

Please be mindful of road conditions. We strive to maintain the best road conditions possible, thanks to local entities like Minnesota Department of Transportation, City of Duluth, Saint Louis County and Lake County. However, there is always the possibility of cracks, “tar snakes”, bumps, sand and rocks, water bottles, garbage, and other obstructions.

First aid will be available on the course and at the finish line. There are vans and motorcycles on the course with medical personnel. All medical expenses incurred by participants are the responsibility of the participant.

Thanks to our Official Medical Provider St. Luke’s!

Aid Stations

  • The Marathon course will have five aid stations at miles 6, 14, 17, 20, and 23.
  • The Half Marathon course will have three aid stations at miles 1, 4, 7, and 10.
  • The Tunnel 10k course will have one aid station at mile 3.

Aid stations will have small twist-off water bottles. Mile 23/10/3 aid station will also feature cups of electrolyte replacement (most likely Gatorade). If you need food/calories on the course, please bring them yourself.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please let aid station volunteers know, and they will be able to contact our HAM operators and medical personnel volunteers roaming the race course.

It is highly advised to carry any tools or spare parts you may need. Don’t expect volunteers to have tools handy.

Food and Hydration

Water will be provided for skaters at the start and finish. There are five water stations (10 oz. bottles) along the race course. The stations are at approximately mile marker 6, 17, 20, and 23. Each skater is responsible for their own hydration and nutritional needs during the race. There are no “energy” gels or drinks at the water stations. Bernick’s Pepsi has generously donated all hydration products for the NorthShore Races.

A fabulous array of bananas, apples, oranges, cookies and yogurt, all generously donated by Super One Foods will be available at the finish line. Thanks to Super One Foods for the continuous support of the NorthShore Races!