SKATE CHALLENGE

SIX MILES OF ASPHALT AND CEMENT, COMBINED WITH WILDLIFE, CAMPUS LIFE, FOUNTAINS, BRIDGES, AND MORE!!!!
(Helmets are required and Bikers are welcome!)
 
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 *FREE GIFT TO FIRST 50 SKATERS REGISTERED!!*
 
Three of our sponsors have generously donated products to the first 50 skaters who register for this event!
Sign up right away to be in the first 50 group!!
Some of you may have skated in an outdoor race, and some of you may have skated in an outdoor marathon... but have you ever gotten a ribbon for winning a SKATE CHALLENGE???? Now is your chance! Come help us take over campus with a flood of skaters from Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas! With a variety of surfaces, curves, turns, hills and GREAT scenery (hellooooo... college campus?!) you won't have a chance to get tired! Skate it on inlines, skate it on quads, or if your skates are in the shop, then register as a bike so you can tag along!
 
We will be utilizing the bike and hike trail, combined with Kent State's esplanade through the middle of campus, to create a skate challenge that is six miles long. Registrants will be divided into age groups and the top three finishers in each age group will receive awards. All participants will receive a t-shirt so that they can show that they were officially part of the challenge. We will also be giving out gas card gift certificates to the top three overall finishers of the challenge. This event is open to everyone. This includes recreational skaters, elite speed skaters, derby skaters, jam skaters, and anyone who wants to have some fun skating across campus.
 
***REGISTER ASAP TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE AWESOME GIFTS OUR SPONSORS HAVE DONATED TO THE FIRST 50 SKATERS!!***
 
Official Trail map:
Please note that there are uphills, downhills, sidewalks, ramps, bridges and turns on this course. This is why it is a SKATE CHALLENGE. No boring straight roads here!!! Just loads of fun and challenge! (Skate Brake systems recommended for downhills. Elite skaters please be prepared for downhill turns.)
 
REVISED COURSE (just the campus area):
 
ORIGINAL COURSE:


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CATEGORIES:
Inline – skates with wheels in single file: a roller skate with a boot that has three or four wheels mounted in a single line. These can be recreational skates, or speed skates. This category is for anyone interested in skating on inlines. (TSHIRT INCLUDED)
Elite inline - this category is for the “elite” inline speed skater. This would be anyone currently training in outdoor speed skating under a sponsor, and who has competitively skated in other races already this year. These skaters will be placed at the beginning of the group for the start of
the race to ensure safety at the starting line. (TSHIRT INCLUDED)
Quad – skates with four wheels set in two side-by-side pairs. This includes speed skates, jam skates, and quad-lines (Quad boot with inline wheels). (TSHIRT INCLUDED)
• Support Bike – This category is non-competitive and will be solely for those who wish to accompany a friend on the skate challenge, but awards will not be issued for this category. You do NOT have to have a partner to sign up as a support bike. The entire community is encouraged to participate in the event and festival. (TSHIRT INCLUDED)
 
AGE DIVISIONS: (for men and women)
Junior 13-17 (with parental consent - email to request youth age groups)
Senior 18-24
Classic 25-34
Master 35-44
Veteran 45-54
Esquire 55-64
Grand Esquire 64 & above
Elite open no age grouping for this category at this time
 
Skaters are encouraged to stay for the following festival after the skate challenge. Exhibition short speed races, as well as jam skating and derby demonstrations, will be held in the parking lot rink at intervals during the festival. Also, food vendors and other activities will be held, as well as a cookie bake-off with public tasting. Our goal is to create a skater-friendly atmosphere where the skating community can gather together socially and share their experiences and stories with the public.
 
MAKE A SKATEMENT: For those who feel that skating has special meaning for their lives, we encourage you to share your story! Email us your story! We would like to take opportunities throughout the day to share special stories about how skating has benefitted your life. Also, if you would like to speak at the event, we would love to hear from you.
 
***Helmets are required for this event. Gloves or wristguards, and knee pads are strongly encouraged. Rear brakes for inlines, and toe stops (rather than toe plugs) are recommended as well. Please refer to trail photos posted on our site for more details on hills and turns.
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