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Rolling on The River Joins the Rollerblade Inline Skating Series

We are thrilled to announce that Rolling on the River in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is joining the Rollerblade® Inline Skating Series as race #3 for 2024! This exciting addition brings even more opportunities for skaters of all levels to participate in high-quality events across the country.


About Rolling on the River

Rolling on the River is an annual inline marathon that offers a unique blend of competition and community spirit. The event features a full inline marathon, a half inline marathon, and a full cycle marathon. Skaters and cyclists of all ages and abilities can enjoy the beautiful course that winds through the streets and along the scenic Greenway with stunning views of the Red River.


This event is more than just a race; it is a celebration of the vibrant inline skating and cycling community in Grand Forks. Participants can look forward to a flat, fast course with minimal hills, making it accessible for beginners while still offering a challenge for more experienced athletes. The Greenway portion of the course is particularly picturesque, with lush greenery and the tranquil flow of the Red River providing a stunning backdrop for the race.



What to Expect at Rolling on the river


Course Details: The Rolling on the River marathon takes participants through the scenic streets of Grand Forks, offering a flat and fast route. The course includes beautiful views along the Greenway, with only a few small climbs to navigate, ensuring an enjoyable experience for skaters and cyclists of all skill levels.


Race Logistics: The race starts at 7:00 AM with participants gathering at the inflatable arch behind The Other Half Coffee & Brewhouse. Buses will transport full marathon participants to the starting line at Central Valley School in Buxton, ND. Half marathon participants start at Icon Arena. Helmets are required for all racers, and the race features a gun start with chip timing to ensure accurate results.


Support and Amenities: Water stations are strategically placed along the course to keep participants hydrated, and portable restrooms are available at key locations. At the finish line, racers can enjoy refreshments provided by sponsors. Basic first aid is available, and volunteers, along with local law enforcement, ensure safety and smooth operations throughout the event.


Awards and Recognition: An award ceremony will be held at approximately 10:00 AM to honor the top finishers in various categories. Winners receive medals, and the first-place finishers in each division earn a free entry to the 2025 Rollin’ on the River marathon.




Race Day Schedule

5:15 AM: Pre-registered racers may pick up bibs and race chips in the South parking lot at Icon Arena (1060 47th Ave South, Grand Forks, ND). NOTE:  There is no day-of-race registration. Your last chance to register is Friday, August 16th, from 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Scheels inside the Columbia Mall


5:45 AM, 6:00 AM, 6:15 AM: Buses depart from Icon Arena for Full Marathon Starting Line at Central Valley High School

6:50 AM: Call to Line-up

7:00 AM: Inline Marathon starts at Central Valley School in Buxton (weather permitting)

7:00 AM: Inline Half Marathon begins at Icon Arena (weather permitting)

7:10 AM: Cycling Marathon starts at Central Valley School in Buxton (weather permitting)

10:00 AM: Racecourse re-opened to traffic. All skaters & cyclists must be off the course by 10:00 AM; you will be asked to exit the course if you have not finished the race.


Join the Series

The Rollerblade® Inline Skating Series aims to promote inline skating and foster a strong community among skaters nationwide. By including Rolling on the River, we are expanding the reach and impact of the series, bringing more exciting events to skaters across the country.


For more information about Rolling on the River and to register for the 2024 event, visit their official website at gfinline.com. Be sure to check out the Race Day Information page for all the details you need to prepare for the event.


We look forward to seeing you in Grand Forks for an unforgettable experience. Let's roll together and make 2024 the best year yet for inline skating!

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