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Old August 6th, 2007, 03:35 PM   #43
Jim White
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The 38 and 52 mile rolls start and finish in cities, so there's parking, restrooms, refreshments, etc. There is space for people to hang out and relax, more than just a roadside, where much parking would be too dangerous. Not likely there are such facilities at the 21k and 42k marks; the facilities are why the distances were selected.

For some people, the main attraction is skating between Athens and Atlanta. But for other people, the main attraction is being with friends, even friends they never met until the event. And for other people, skating 38 miles is their year's skating goal. (As someone else said, a rookie shouldn't try to skate the full distance, but work up to it, in a series of major accomplishments.)
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