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Old July 2nd, 2008, 08:27 PM   #61
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"Registration and warm up will begin at 11:00am, 350 Meter Time trials will begin promptly at Noon. *Note: Indianapolis is the same time as OHIO and one hour different than Chicago."

We're planning on staying in Chicago Saturday night and driving down in the morning. I just noticed the time difference so everyone, HEADS UP!

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Old July 3rd, 2008, 09:20 PM   #62
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How is the ChicagoLand course for spectators? Are there good places to sit where people can see the race pass by? And will there be an announcer? I know a lot of people will be coming just to hear Greg Major sing the National Anthem beforehand!
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Old July 7th, 2008, 03:30 AM   #63
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I've been paid not to sing the National Anthem. The way course is set up you can see the skaters go by the finish line area 7 times and can see a good part of the action(http://www.chicagolandinlinemarathon...honcourse.html) on Lakewood Blvd.

Here's an article from one of the local newspapers here. This is a major publication. http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=214763
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Old July 7th, 2008, 04:01 PM   #64
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Nice article, enjoyed reading it

Where is the host hotel on this map, I assume that Amanda can skate to the start while I can walk to the finish? No major highways to cross, etc? We won't have a rental car to use during the trip...

Would really enjoy seeing the Cirque du Soleil show, all the trip expenses sure add up though; do you happen to know if they release tickets right before the show (like in Vegas)?
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Old July 7th, 2008, 04:26 PM   #65
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Now I finally got my b... in gear and got registered!! then I would like to see who else is registered in my age group.

I could not find that info, have I gone blind or is it not posted?

Looking forward to Chicago!!!
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Old July 7th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #66
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Where is the host hotel on this map, I assume that Amanda can skate to the start while I can walk to the finish? No major highways to cross, etc? We won't have a rental car to use during the trip...
She could skate there no problem, this should help (I believe that is the correct start line, in any event that's the correct general area - Major will correct me if I am wrong). It's maybe a one mile skate to get there - you could definitely walk it.

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Old July 7th, 2008, 09:50 PM   #67
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That helps even more, thanks, I'll print it out
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Old July 8th, 2008, 01:57 AM   #68
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Go to http://www.chicagolandinlinemarathon...tails2008.aspx and scroll down to the google map. It shows where everthing is. Staging will be done in the parking lot near where Tom pointed to as the start line. The start line will be on Central heading West from just East of Hunting/Freeman. I'll adjust the map tomorrow.
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Old July 8th, 2008, 09:08 PM   #69
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Major,

TD suggested I post this question here. We'd like to skate the race course on Friday afternoon, but probably wouldn't be able to do so until 3:00 ish. TD has suggested that it may be too busy with traffic at that point and asked that I get your opinion as well. What is your experience with that area? And, are there bike lanes at the side of the road? If so, that could make a difference to us.

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Old July 8th, 2008, 09:18 PM   #70
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I can definitely tell you there are no bike lanes, and very little shoulder as well.

Edit: check out this MS live map link:

Not sure if it comes over right - make sure "bird's eye" view is selected - then zoom in all the way if it already isn't - you can get a pretty darn good look at the road.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 03:33 AM   #71
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Major,

TD suggested I post this question here. We'd like to skate the race course on Friday afternoon, but probably wouldn't be able to do so until 3:00 ish. TD has suggested that it may be too busy with traffic at that point and asked that I get your opinion as well. What is your experience with that area? And, are there bike lanes at the side of the road? If so, that could make a difference to us.

Thanks in advance.

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With businesses getting out it would be pretty busy. Later would be fine. Not to diminish what Tom has said, but on the weekends if 6 cars pass us that's a lot. When a car is coming you can just stay far right and coast or take very narrow strides and you'll be fine. There is a narrow shoulder but it's enough to stay safe from the cars, unless they're deliberately trying to hit you. There is only one spot on the entire course that would require any mention as far as a hazard is concerned, and it's really not much. The course is in really great shape. I can't think of another course that has this good of pavement throughout. Maybe that race in D.C area or Squiggy. Hope this helps.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #72
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I've been paid not to sing the National Anthem. The way course is set up you can see the skaters go by the finish line area 7 times and can see a good part of the action(http://www.chicagolandinlinemarathon...honcourse.html) on Lakewood Blvd.

Here's an article from one of the local newspapers here. This is a major publication. http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=214763

Greg,

The newspaper article makes mention of a skate clinic to be held 7/12/08. Is this meant for newbies, kids,...... or will it cover some intermediate stuff too?

About how long will it last? Do you need to sign up somewhere?

(if its for newer skaters, maybe the information on the clinic would be better off in that forum than the speed forum-- so I'll apologize in advance.)
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Looky here for info on the clinic:

http://www.teamrainbo.com/free-inline-skating-clinic/
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Old July 9th, 2008, 09:11 PM   #74
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Thanks, Tom.
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With businesses getting out it would be pretty busy. Later would be fine. Not to diminish what Tom has said, but on the weekends if 6 cars pass us that's a lot. When a car is coming you can just stay far right and coast or take very narrow strides and you'll be fine. There is a narrow shoulder but it's enough to stay safe from the cars, unless they're deliberately trying to hit you. There is only one spot on the entire course that would require any mention as far as a hazard is concerned, and it's really not much. The course is in really great shape. I can't think of another course that has this good of pavement throughout. Maybe that race in D.C area or Squiggy. Hope this helps.
Thanks that is a help. Think we'll drive it first after we check into the hotel and then perhaps skate some of it a bit later.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 01:04 AM   #76
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Does anyone have any restaurant suggestions for Friday night?
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Old July 16th, 2008, 03:25 AM   #77
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Does anyone have any restaurant suggestions for Friday night?
There's sever restaurants right there. It shouldn't be a problem finding one. I'll check it out. We usully do some kind of team get together the night before ther race. Not sure if were doning team dinner with all of us being close to home.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 07:27 PM   #78
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If you are staying right there in that hotel, you are within a 20 minute drive of at least 100 restaurants, so it depends on what you want.

Right next to you is the Millrose Brewing Company, which is a high quality steak type place. Across the street is the Ram, I think, a nice pace across from the AMC Theaters. Just south down Barrington road you'll hit Higgins, and then Golf further south - and up and down both of those streets (as well as Barrington) are tons of places.

Lone Star, Macaroni Grill, Sam and Erma's, Buona Beef, Garibaldi's, Ihop, Chili's - all are within a mile. Schaumburg and Hoffman are loaded with good places, including Giordano's, Uno and Lou Malnati's for pizza/Italian...

Over by me in Dundee (10 minutes or so west) is a great Mexican place called North of the Border and a couple of your typical Greek places.

That got you started?
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Old July 16th, 2008, 07:43 PM   #79
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Greg,

Did I ever so slightly overhear you at Badger that Chicagoland does have a few hills in it? If so I told my friend a bigggggg fib when I said "Oh Hoffman is dang flat." I might be getting a good spanking from them if I lied. Where would the up part(s) be?

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Thanks TD for the reply. We're probably gonna want to walk to dinner and you've given us some suggestions. Appreciate it.
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