Rollin’ on the River
Spring is coming, and it is time to dust off your rollerblades and get ready to start training for the first-ever Rollin’ on the River [RotR] Inline Marathon, presented by the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau. This new event will take place through the streets of Grand Forks on Saturday, August 27, 2011. The Marathon includes a professional half marathon, recreational full marathon and recreational half marathon.
Over 350 locals were out on Sunday, March 13, to “Skate the Alerus”. This free event, which was a precursor to RotR, allowed people to start their training early…or just have fun learning to skate.
Not only will there be the marathon, but a number of other events are being held in conjunction with RotR, on Friday, August 26, including:
- Keep the Ball Rollin’ Golf Tournament
- Rockin’ Rollin’ Rally in Lincoln Drive Park
- Pasta Dinner
Now I have no idea how to rollerblade; in fact, I really don’t have any athletic ability. But I am even going to buy a pair of inline skates and attempt to learn this sport without [hopefully] breaking a bone. The idea for RotR started with a small group of like-minded individuals getting together and talking about creating a unique event that would promote health and wellness, while simultaneously having a great time and celebrating the characteristics of Grand Forks [few hills]. Portions of the proceeds will be shared with the Grand Forks Parks & Recreation Foundation and the Perry Nakonechny Youth Sports Fund.
If you want to join the fun, you can log on to the Rollin’ on the River website at http://www.rollinontheriver-inline.com/. We will be providing regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter [@visitgrandforks].