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NorthShore Inline Marathon returns for 26th edition this weekend in Duluth, Two Harbors and Hermantown

The 26th NorthShore Inline Marathon gets underway Saturday morning, starting in Two Harbors and finishing at the DECC in Duluth. Hermantown will host new events on Sunday.

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The elite men leave the starting area of the NorthShore Inline Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Two Harbors. Jose Mejia, second from left, of Cranston, Rhode Island, was the overall winner last year with a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 21 seconds.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — The 2022 NorthShore Inline Marathon and Skate Fest gets underway Friday and runs through Sunday in Two Harbors, Duluth and Hermantown.

This year’s event includes events for skaters — inline or rollerskis — and runners. The main event, the 26th NorthShore Inline Marathon is scheduled for an 8:45 a.m. start on Saturday in Two Harbors and an approximate 9:50 a.m. finish in front of the DECC’s William A. Irvin in Duluth.

Other skating events scheduled for Saturday morning include the half-marathon skate start at 6:45 a.m. and the 21-kilometer rollerski start at 6:50 a.m. The Tunnel 10K skate race — which takes racers through the tunnels of Interstate Highway 35 in Duluth — begins at 7:45 a.m. The 42K rollerski race starts at 8:30 a.m.

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Lauren O'Donnell of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, leads the elite women near the start of the NorthShore Inline Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Two Harbors. O'Donnell was the women's elite winner last year with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 17 seconds.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

For those who prefer to stay off wheels, the St. Luke’s Wheels-Off Half Marathon will get underway at 7 a.m. on Saturday, with a Tunnel 10K run race starting at 8 a.m.

In a new event this year, Stebner Park in Hermantown is the site of Sunday’s inline and rollerski knock out sprint and criterium events that run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The event begins Friday in Duluth with skate park demonstrations outside of the DECC’s Door 8 from 2-4 p.m., followed by inline dashes and kids sprints from 4:30-6 p.m. on Harbor Drive by the DECC. The kids' sprints are free to all children 13 and under. The skate park demonstrations are also free and open to the public.

Because of Saturday's events, London Road, Harbor Drive, I-35 between 26th Ave. and Mesaba Ave. in Duluth will be closed from 6:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. Traffic will be diverted onto Superior Street.

For more information, to register and to find a complete schedule of the weekend’s events, visit northshoreinline.com.

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Jose Mejia of Cranston, Rhode Island, prepares to cross the finish line of the elite marathon during the NorthShore Inline Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Duluth. Mejia was the overall winner with a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 21 seconds.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

Related Topics: NORTHSHORE INLINE MARATHON
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