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Race Weekend 

Here is a rundown for everything that you need to know for the NorthShore races.

Event Timeline & Start Times

Friday, September 15, 2023:

  • 12:00 to 9:00 pm -  Expo & Packet Pickup | DECC South Pioneer Hall) - Free

  • 4:00 pm  -  Adult Inline Sprints Registration | DECC Finish Line

  • 4:00 pm  -  Adult Rollerski Sprints Registration | DECC Finish Line 

  • 4:00 pm  -  Kids Sprints Registration | DECC Finish Line- Free 

  • 4:30 pm  -  Sprints Waves Start | DECC Finish Line

  • 7:00 pm  -  Friday Night Skate - NSIM finish Line - Downtown Duluth Skate

Saturday, September 16, 2023: (Start times)

 

Skating | NorthShore Inline Marathon

  • 8:43 am - Elite Men Call Ups

  • 8:44:30  - 30 Second Warning

  • 8:45 am - Elite Men Start (Open & Masters)

  • 8:45:30 am - Elite Women Call Ups

  • 8:46:30  - 30 Second Warning

  • 8:47 am - Elite Women (Open & Masters)

  • 8:57 am - Advanced Wave 1

  • 8:59 am - Advanced Wave 2

  • 9:01 am - Rec Wave 1

  • 9:03 am - Rec Wave 2

  • 9:05 am - Rec Wave 3

  • 9:07 am - Combined Skaters Start​

  • 2:30 pm  - Inline Marathon and Combined Skate Awards- DECC South Pioneer Hall

  • 7-9   pm  - Skate Jam with the Fractals Band | DECC South Pioneer Hall

 

Rollerski | 42k/21k

  • 6:50 am  -  21k Rollerski Mass start 

  • 8:30 am  -  42K Rollerski Mass start

  • 12:00 pm - Run, Rollerski, 10k Skate, Half Marathon Skate Awards - DECC South Pioneer

Skating & Run | 10k & Half Marathon

  • 6:45 am  -  Half Marathon Skate Mass start (gun start)

  • 7:00 am  -  St. Lukes Wheels Off Half Marathon Run Start (Runners)

  • 7:45 am  -  Tunnel 10k Skate Mass start | Details on starting location below

  • 8:00 am  -  Tunnel 10k Run Mass Start    | Details on starting location below

  • 12:00 pm  - Run, Rollerski, 10k Skate, Half Marathon Skate Awards - DECC South Pioneer

Transportation to Start Line

Buses begin loading from the DECC parking garage area on Railroad St. for the Half Marathon events at 5:15 am, Full Marathon event buses begin loading at 6:30 am. Please board promptly to ensure that everyone arrives at the start lines on time.

The Tunnel 10k (Skate & Run) starts on 1-35 at the base of the 5th Ave exit ramp going north.  The race travels north on the northbound lanes to 26th Ave east where there is a water station and makes a u-turn and then travels down the southbound lanes.  At that point, the race follows the same course as the half/marathon races and will finish near the Irvin.

BUS LOADING TIMES:

Half Marathon (Skate, Ski and Run)                5:15 am-5:45 am

Elite (Open and Masters) and Rollererski     6:30 am-7:00 am

Advance Waves (1-2)                                         6:45 am-7:15 am

All Recreation Waves (1-3)                                7:00 am-7:45 am

 

NO Rec Wave 3 skaters are not permitted to board the buses until 7:00 am

For those coming from Two Harbors, it is permissible to be dropped off at the Two Harbors Sonju car dealership and walk or skate to the start line.

10k skaters and runners do not require bussing. 

10k Runners & Skaters will walk to the starting line.

Gear Bags

Gear bag trucks will be at the starting line for the half and full marathons so you can bring items to the start (sweatshirt/jacket, shoes, warm-up gear, food, etc…). Please note that you may NOT wear skates onto the start line buses. Gear bags will be delivered to the finish line area by the time you are finished with your race.

Timeline

  • Half Marathon Skate and Rollerski gear bag truck will be in front of the start line and will depart at 6:30 AM.

  • Half Marathon Run gear bag truck will be behind the start line (near bus drop-off area) and will depart at 6:45 AM.

  • Elite and Rollerski Marathon gear bag truck will be in front of the start line and will depart at 8:25 AM.

  • Marathon (Advanced and Rec wave) gear bag truck will depart at 900 AM.

  • Tunnel 10k Skate participants will have the option to leave gear in a drop bag inside South Pioneer Hall (DECC) before the race and may be picked up once you finish.

We are not liable for lost or damaged items. Please do not include anything valuable or fragile in your drop bag.

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup:

Your Race Packet contains a unique race bib with a disposable timing chip (and a second non custom race bib if you are a skater or a rollerskier), race shirt, pins, athlete guide, and sponsor goodies. Please make every effort to pick up your own packet on Friday.

Time:
Friday, September 15th, 2023| noon – 9pm

Location:
Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) | Duluth, MN

Race Timing 

Race Timing

Your race packet will contain an envelope with a Race Bib with a disposable MyLaps Chip, provided by Endurance Promotions (our contracted timing company for the NorthShore events) out of Maple Grove, MN. 

 

Race Bibs

If you would like your name printed on your bib you must be registered by August 20th. Do not fold, wrinkle, or alter these numbers. The custom bib with chip should be pinned to your chest or abdomen area, and if you are a skater or rollerskier the second black and white bib should be pinned to your right hip.

Lodging & Transportation Information

NorthShore Lodging 

The NorthShore Inline Marathon loves having out-of-town visitors for our event. Because of that, we have made partnerships with local hotels and motels in the area to get you the best deals and a place to stay. Click lodging to learn more.

(Make sure to book early as it fills up fast!)

Flying to Duluth or Minneapolis

The Duluth International Airport offers great flight packages from anyone coming from across the country. This is our recommended route for anyone who plans to fly to our event. We then recommend renting a car, taking an uber/taxi, or calling your hotel shuttle to pick you up. 

In the case your location doesn't connect to the Duluth International Airport, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) is another great option. Located two hours south of Duluth MSP offers a wide variety of flights and is one of the largest airports in the midwest. For more information on MSP check out their website here: MSP International Airport

 

Transportation from MSP/Minneapolis to Duluth

Being the largest inline marathon in North America draws crowds from across the country. Many participants come from out of state. There are shuttle services from the MSP airport to Duluth and back that can be found online.  Advanced reservations may be neccessary.

Past Results 

Have you done NSIM in the past? Check out the link below to see your previous times.

RESULTS

Thank you to our friends over at Duluth Timing for their continuous support and for helping us with our timing needs.

Safety Protocols

Helmets are mandatory at all times while on the racecourse for skating and rollerski races. Wrist, knee, and elbow protection are also recommended.

Rollerskiers are asked to stay to the right of the roadway. All slower athletes please stay towards the right, all faster athletes please pass on the left and announce yourself as you pass.

The entire course for all NorthShore Races is completely closed to outside traffic. All event participants must be at 26th Avenue East (entrance to the freeway) by 1:30 pm to be able to complete the event. This is Mile 23. The course MUST be opened to traffic at 2 pm.

Please be mindful of road conditions. We strive to maintain the best road conditions possible, thanks to local entities like the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the City of Duluth, Saint Louis County, and Lake County. However, there is always the possibility of cracks, “tar snakes”, bumps, sand and rocks, water bottles, garbage, and other obstructions.

First aid will be available on the course and at the finish line. There are vans and motorcycles on the course with medical personnel. All medical expenses incurred by participants are the responsibility of the participant.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Race Maps 

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