A number of Canadian roller speed skaters travelled to support the Chicagoland Inline Marathon. The race was held this past Saturday.
Sarah Hopkins (left) finishing 2nd in the women’s race- photo from Glenn Koshi
Sarah Hopkins, who is set to represent Canada at the upcoming World Roller Speed Skating Championships in Gijon, Spain, finished 2nd overall in the women’s category. Her time was 1:14.25. She was edged out by USA’s Debbie Rice. Rice’s team-mate, Jilleanne Rookard who finished 3rd overall, has World Championship medals to her name.
The top Canadian male finisher was Morgan Williams.
[Results] [Results on SSW] [Candy Wong’s report] [Mike Garvin’s report] [Pictures on Bont Forum] [Tom Dell’Aringa’s pictures] [Inline Planet report]
Videos this year’s Canadian Championships in Harriston can be downloaded thanks to Andrew Hegarty and Mike Garving. You can find the videos here: Michael Garvin’s Videos.
Today’s RSO Series in Toronto has been rained out. Stay tuned for calendar updates that may include a rescheduled date.
The North Of The 49th Inline Marathon is taking place on August 24th. Click here for information on the event. A good turn-out is expected for the event, including a bus load of skaters from MN.
Peter Doucet put together two videos from June’s Canadian Speed Championships- see 2008-06-28 Harriston Canadian Championships and 2008-06-29 to 30 Harriston Canadian Championships or watch below-
Mundo Patin, an important and influencial Spanish roller speed skating website, recently gave Canadian skaters press- Canada already has named his skaters for the competitions of Gijón 2008.
The RSO Outdoor Series’ dates & venues have been revised-
– July 20th- Stage #2- Toronto (CTK)
– August 24th- Stage #3- Harriston (CITC)
– September 20th- Stage #4- Toronto (CTK)
Roller Sports Canada’s 2008 World Team was confirmed at the Canadian Championships, which were held June 28th- 30th.
The team will travel to Gijon, Spain, to represent Canada at the World Roller Speed Skating Championships from the 4th to the 12th of September.
RSC’s Speed World Team- photo from Shannon Hegarty
You can find additional information on the World Roller Speed Skating Championships thanks to Mundo Patin.
The 2008 RSC Speed World Team includes;
Manager: Wayne Burrett
Senior Coach: Alex Perrie
Junior Coach: Tyler Congdon
The Canada Day Marathon was held in ideal conditions on July 1st.
Participants enjoyed a fast road course, good competition, and a BBQ before medal presentations.
Martine Charbonneau and Peter Doucet set course records on their way to respective victories in the women’s and men’s overall titles.
Skaters came from out of town to participate, including some from Quebec, Alberta, and the USA.
Next year’s event will take place on July 1st, 2009.
RESULTS- [Click here/ right click to download]
PICTURES– Marathon photos by Chelsea Parry and Peter Doucet
Calgary’s Alex D’mello (CRISC) leads the way in the marathon with Dennis Humphrey, Peter Doucet, and the rest of the group in tow- photo from Chelsea Parry
After the marathon- Morgan Williams, Eric Gee, and Dennis Humphrey- photo from Peter Doucet
Fitness/ Recreational Grand Master Men’s podium- photo from Peter Doucet