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Old February 1st, 2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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Default 2008 Chicagoland Inline Marathon -July 26

Get ready to roll for the second annual Chicagoland Inline Marathon at Hoffman Estates on July 26, 2008. This inline event promises to deliver in classic Windy City style. The 2008 event boasts of big prize money, lots of participants, an excellent course, and a new location just 9 miles from Chicago’s world famous O’Hare International Airport. Come for the event and stay for all that the City of Big Shoulders has to offer. Bring the whole family for this event has something for everyone. The events include a free young Guns Race, a 1 mile kids sprint, recreational ˝ marathon, Recreational, Advanced, and Pro Marathon. Conquer the distance, receive your commemorative shirt, and support Special Olympics North America. Get your skates out and become part of this growing Chicago tradition. For more information visit www.chicagolandinlinemarathon.com

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Old February 1st, 2008, 08:33 PM   #2
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And just to jump on the bandwagon... Hoffman Estates is one of the larger Chicago Suburbs, the area where we're having the race is really nice, you can have dinner before/after the race at any number of great restaurants (various top Chicago pizza joints are within driving distance, such as Malnati's and Giordano's) you can hit Woodfield mall if you have time, and one of the Hotels is practically on the course - others are very close. It should be a really great event.

We should be able to draw some good rec/fitness skater numbers too - the mayor is totally behind promoting the race. I for one will be out and about promoting the race locally "guerrilla" style.

I don't think the course is final yet (Major can correct me if otherwise) but it's going to be a good one, with at least a couple rolling hills. The center of the area is basically forest preserve - and the other side is the interstate. If you are remotely near the midwest (and even if not) you have to make this event! (This means YOU Speedy!)
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Old February 1st, 2008, 09:38 PM   #3
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check last year's results, bub. speedy has been to every Chicagoland Marathon. And to every Wolverine marathon as well.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 09:59 PM   #4
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I'm going to this one for sure!!
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Old February 1st, 2008, 11:04 PM   #5
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check last year's results, bub. speedy has been to every Chicagoland Marathon. And to every Wolverine marathon as well.
Every one LOL - nice time too! Shoot, I may have to resort to dirty tricks...
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 12:56 AM   #6
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July 26th? Nuts. This will be the first time I have missed the Chicagoland marathon. We will be doing the vacation thing in Florida on the 26th. Nuts!

edit: Last year's marathon was a blast and very well done. I really wish that I could be there this year. Anyone who can get there should support this race.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 12:58 AM   #7
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Major or TD,
We're interested for sure ... it is on our list of possible events to do in 2008. I understand the course isn't set yet but are we talking "point to point" or "loops". If loops, how many for the full?
When will the info be available regarding hotels, etc. Not having been to Chicago before, we'd want a hotel downtown where we can walk to restaurants, sites, do the tourist thing, etc?? and then drive to the race.

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I believe there should be more info soon, but it will be some kind of loop, not a point to point. Probably a bigger loop than last year though, I'm guessing something like 3 laps or so.

They are still finalizing things, but this Hilton is right by where the course will be. I know they will try and negotiate some preferred rates with either them or another close by hotel. You will be right off a I-90 there, and it's a straight half hour or so shot from there to downtown - easy as pie.

Either I or the Major would be glad to clue you in on specifics if you want to do things, just let us know.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 12:51 AM   #9
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Major,

Will there be registration and race packet pickup on the day of the race?

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Old February 17th, 2008, 04:24 AM   #10
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I think so, but it's highy encouraged to be registered before race day. There will be registration at the hotel on Friday night.
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I think so, but it's highy encouraged to be registered before race day. There will be registration at the hotel on Friday night.
Sorry, I mispoke/mistyped. I would definitely preregister, always do as I would think it makes it easier on the organizers to have a clearer number of all those attending. I really meant to ask if race packets could be picked up on the day of the race.

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Old February 19th, 2008, 12:32 AM   #12
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This just in:

The Inline Warehouse Chicagoland Inline Marathon is now part of NROC
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Old February 19th, 2008, 12:39 AM   #13
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Congratulations Major! Job well done! Geez... I might even show up in Chicago!
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pffft, yarite, panko!

I'm upping my estimated performance to 58th overall.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 02:50 AM   #15
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How about the course, If memory serve me correct wasn't last year's race in Mundelein? How does this year's course compare? Will it be a point to point, a circuit where you have to do laps, or a down and back?
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Old February 19th, 2008, 04:08 AM   #16
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We're still ironing out the details but it will be a looped course. Most likely 3 laps for a full marathon so a little different from last year. I think the course will be more skater friendly. It will be completely closed to traffic. Everything will be closer to the course. With inline warehouse as the title sponsor and now being part of NROC it will be a fantastic event. I hope you can make it.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 04:29 AM   #19
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This event looks really appealing, I thought about driving back from Lincoln last year, I even asked the Major about it... lets see how it fares for this season. so far not many races in my agenda...
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Old February 19th, 2008, 07:25 PM   #20
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I do plan on making it. I grew up in Chicago and still have family in Evanston. We'll probably make a family trip out of it. Isn't the Taste of Chicago going on then also? That would be a great place to go... after the Race.



Edit: Oops. The Taste is June 27 -July 6. Missed it by one month.
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