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Old September 24th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default Houston Inline Marathon

Has anyone done this? (I saw it on facebook) It is on Nov 1st. What do you think of the marathon (course etc).

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Old September 24th, 2009, 09:39 PM   #2
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Did it last year. Was a course worker the year before.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 06:32 AM   #3
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nah. i won't be there this year.

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Old September 30th, 2009, 03:05 AM   #4
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Smile Fun at the Houston IM

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Has anyone done this? [...] What do you think of the marathon (course etc).
The comments on the event's Facebook Page seem pretty encouraging....
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It was a lot of fun last year and I'm definitely doing it again this year!
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Don't forget the roll in downtown on Saturday -- very pleasant and friendly
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It was Great Big Fun last year. I don't want to miss this one.
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Now here in Mexico we're trying to do a small group to travel to USA and race with you... really Allen Parkway is a wonderful place to skate for all skaters, pro and non-pro... last year we really enjoyed the camaraderie and loved the quad skaters... cheers!
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I am a complete newbie but def want to do it this year!
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looking forward to another great Houston Inline Marathon (and maybe a trophy or 3 for Simmons Racing)
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Only six more weeks to train...I guess I'd better get it in gear!
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i cant wait!!!
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Another great year, I'm sure!!! BRAVO!
You can also watch this video that David Miles made of last year's race. It was only six weeks after Hurricane Ike mauled the entire Houston area, but folks were apparently having a great time!
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Old October 8th, 2009, 07:06 PM   #5
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Where is it going to be?
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Old October 8th, 2009, 08:34 PM   #6
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It's on Allen Parkway, just west of downtown.
http://houstoninlinemarathon.com/
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Old October 8th, 2009, 08:42 PM   #7
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It's on Allen Parkway, just west of downtown.
http://houstoninlinemarathon.com/
Kewl... Thanks Bill.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 09:05 PM   #8
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I will be there again, handing out water, and anything else I can help with, as long as it's in the shade. Hope to meet some of you fine folks there.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 04:06 AM   #9
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Looks like it's going to be nice weather, and pre-registration is still open with the facebook discount. Y'all come on down so I don't have to skate by myself.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 02:56 AM   #10
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Alex, Christie, and I will be there. Simmons Racing needs to defend their title
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Old October 31st, 2009, 02:59 AM   #11
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You guys were fearsome last year... Glad you are coming again.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 03:28 AM   #12
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I'll be there trying my best to keep the Simmons guys in sight I've got a pair of David's custom work to help!

Need to get up early to drive up to BWI, but it's a direct flight. It's so much easier getting up for vacation than for work!
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Old October 31st, 2009, 07:14 AM   #13
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I'll be in Houston, but I'm doing Tour De Donut instead.
Lots of speed skaters will be doing this event. It's for a good cause.
Make A Wish Foundation
www.tourdedonut.com

I just cannot say no to this one.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 03:30 PM   #14
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I'll be in Houston, but I'm doing Tour De Donut instead.
If you're coming to Houston this weekend, you have the opportunity to participate in the Houston Inline Marathon Weekend, which is a true skating event created by skaters, for skaters, on a volunteer basis, and which takes place right in the heart of downtown Houston... or you can instead support a bike event forty miles west of town, the organizers of which probably don't even care whether skaters participate.

I hope you'll consider supporting the marathon. It's a constant struggle to get participation numbers up high enough to have enough revenue to be able to make the event happen. The race venue, being in the heart of town, is very desirable, but also very expensive to obtain. The Tour de Donut is a bicycling event that has roughly a thousand participants without any regard to skaters, and they don't close any roads so their costs are very low, especially on a per-participant basis. There are numerous similar bike events year-round on those same roads near Katy, so if you want to skate out there, you have plenty of other opportunities. In contrast, the Houston IM is one of only two chances you get each year to skate an inline marathon event anywhere in the entire state of Texas — or even one or two states away, for that matter. If you like having inline marathons in Texas, you've got to support them. Such events live or die on the basis of skater participation. (Just ask the hardworking volunteers who tried to get the Showdown 'N Cowtown off the ground this year — creating an outdoor skating marathon ain't easy, folks.)

I assure you, you'll have lots of fun with the enthusiastic skaters downtown this weekend. If you don't feel like racing, you can always just do our Fun Skate, and/or volunteer at the event. (And if you crave donuts, I'll be happy to buy you a boxful. =)

If you like having skating events to participate in, then please support them with the same passion shown by those who invest the time, love, and treasure to create them for you.

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Old October 31st, 2009, 03:58 PM   #15
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Sounds valid, but this particular cause is more important to me at this time.
I'm not saying that everyone else should do it. Just that I'm going to be out there this time.

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Old October 31st, 2009, 05:47 PM   #16
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Bill in Houston = Class

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Old October 31st, 2009, 06:13 PM   #17
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Have a great skate, Art!

See you guys at the Road Rash, if not sooner.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 08:44 PM   #18
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And you also Bill!
I'm sure we'll get to race together again at least a few times in the coming year.
I do get out that way a few times a year for cycling anyways, so maybe we can grab a meal and a brew sometime.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 11:52 PM   #19
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Works for me.
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