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Apostle Islands Inline (formerly Big Granite)

Event Details

Apostle Islands Inline   (formerly Big Granite)

Time: June 18, 2011 from 8:30am to 12pm
Location: Ashland County - Madeline Island
Street: Community Center - start and finish
City/Town: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Website or Map: http://www.apostleislandsinli…
Phone: 800-284-9484
Event Type: marathon-, almt, (a, little, more, than), half, marathon, -, the, mad, skate
Organized By: Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
Latest Activity: Jan 24

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Event Description

The 2nd Annual Apostle Islands Inline Marathon (formerly Big Granite) will take place on Beautiful Madeline Island - Lake Superior. The course is an 8.7 mile looped course on pristine brand new paved black top. Your feet will feel great and your eyes will take in the beauty of the island.   250 skaters participated in 2010 and gave great reviews about the course and the exquisite location!  Be a part of the 2nd annual Apostle Islands Inline race - June 18th, 2011  A Major Event for the NROC 2011 series

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Comment by Jennifer Pirrera on May 12, 2011 at 5:41pm
I loved the skate last year!  I also have a suggestion - make a facebook page and link it to the chamber or ferry pages... :) mad ferry has a good page.  Great work last year on this race, and I'm looking forward to this year...I will skate on behalf of Adventure Vacations - I hope to see skaters taking guided paddle tours after the skate :)
Comment by Erik Torgerson on April 21, 2011 at 12:29pm
You won't regret it.
Comment by M Martinez on April 20, 2011 at 8:44pm
Hi. I decided to sign up for the half marathon just to see what I'm getting into. I've never been to a skating event and I'm the only one around here who seems to skate. I'm primarily a swimmer but I started inline skating about 2 years ago since I'm not fond of running. I know I can skate 10-12 miles so a half shouldn't be a problem. I'm looking forward to attending this event.
Comment by Michael Olson on April 15, 2011 at 9:09am
I totally agree with Robert. This is an excellent "first marathon" event with great pavement and great people. I did my first full marathon on Madeline Island last year and really enjoyed the experience.
Comment by Robert Burnson on April 14, 2011 at 10:02am
Hi, M Martinez. Yeah, this would be a good first marathon. Course is smooth and pretty much flat. And you could always skate the half if you don't feel ready for the full.
Comment by M Martinez on April 14, 2011 at 9:40am
Would this be a good marathon to enter for a first-timer and someone who is a recreational/fitness skater? To me it sounds like it could be fun but I didn't want to get in over my head. I also thought of doing the Almost A Half Marathon.
Comment by Eric Plath on March 14, 2011 at 4:48pm

If it is a possibility I would say to find car pools to be taken from the airport up to the island.  You may have to rely on others pertaining to your schedule, but I don't think anyone will have that big of an issue helping you out.


On top of this you actually help them out, because it will save money for them on their end for gas, hotel, etc.


I hope a lot of people can make it to this event.  Absolutely amazing and great atmosphere!



Comment by Christine Spurr on March 1, 2011 at 5:54pm
Oh trust me, it's not a matter of want - more like $$$ and time off from work!! :)
Comment by Mr. T on March 1, 2011 at 5:11pm

Christine, clearly you know what you can do and not do. But if there is one inline event I would recommend to anybody this would be it.  As Michael said well-organized, perfect pavement, great people, even the drive from Duluth to Bayfield is scenic (take the longer route along the South shore of Lake Superior, well worth some extra time), and catch the ferry-boat from Bayfield to Madeline Island .. and that pavement!! uuuu-huuuh.. you can close your eyes, relax, and skate. Never thought of anything else like black ice as in this case.. Fun course too: right- and left- turns, (nothing scary though), uphill, downhill, views of Lake Superior, purple lupines, ...

Comment by Michael Olson on March 1, 2011 at 7:17am

Following up on Mr T's Comment:


I live in the Green Bay area, and it is well over a five-hour drive to get to Bayfield, from which you catch the ferry to Madeline Island. I would not recommend flying into GB for this event.


I would, however, like to also recommend Mr T's second suggestion: Fly into Duluth via Minneapolis and drive it from there. It is relatively short drive, relaxing, and very scenic. 


If you can find a way, I highly recommend this event...I skated it last year and absolutely loved it...well-organized, perfect pavement, great people...


Michael - DePere WI

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