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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 17:

  • Expo & Packet Pickup | noon – 9pm

  • Kids Sprints 4:00pm Activities Arena (DECC South Pioneer Hall) - Free

Saturday, September 18: (Start times)

  • 6:45 am - Half Marathon Skate & Combined

  • 6:50 am - 21k Rollerski

  • 7:00 am - St. Luke’s Wheels Off Half Marathon Run

  • 7:45 am - Tunnel 10k Skate

  • 8:00 am - Tunnel 10K Run

  • 8:30 am - 42k Rollerski

  • 8:45 am - NorthShore Inline Marathon

  • 9:09 am - Combined 39.3 Wave

  • Noon      - Run Awards - DECC South Pioneer Hall

  • 2:30 pm - Skate Awards- DECC South Pioneer Hall

Transportation to Start Line
Buses begin loading from the DECC parking garage area on Railroad St. for the Half Marathon events at 5:00 am, Full Marathon event buses begin loading at 7:00 am. Please board promptly to ensure that everyone arrives at the start lines on time. There is no parking available at the start lines.

All Half Marathon  (all waves):                                        5:15 - 5:45 am
Marathon (all elite skaters and rollerski):                    7:00 - 7:15 am
Marathon Waves: (Advanced 1-3)                                  7:00 - 7:30 am
Marathon Waves: (Recreation 1 & 2)                             8:00 - 8:15 am
Marathon Waves: (Recreation 2 & 3)                             8:15 - 8:30 am

NO Rec Wave 3 skaters are allowed to board the buses until 8:15 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.

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.


  • 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 8:30 AM.

  • Marathon (Advanced and Rec wave) gear bag truck will depart at 9:15 AM.

  • Tunnel 10k Skate participants will have the option to leave gear in a drop bag at the finish line area/DECC before the race to pick 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 and timing ankle strap, race shirt, pins, athlete guide, and sponsor goodies. Please make every effort to pick up your own packet on Friday.

Friday, September 17th, 2021| noon – 9pm

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

Race Timing 

Race Timing

Your race packet will contain an envelope with a Pro Chip, provided by Endurance Promotions (our contracted timing company for the NorthShore events) out of Maple Grove, MN. The Pro Chip is a transmitting device for timing, and is attached to a velcro ankle strap to secure to your ankle during the race. Please read the specific envelope instructions. These chips MUST be returned at the finish line as you leave the course. If your chip is not returned or lost a fee of $100 will be charged to you.


Race Bibs

If you would like your name printed on your bib you must be registered by Sunday , August 22th. Do not fold, wrinkle, or alter these numbers. The large bib should be pinned to your chest or abdomen area or right hip.

Lodging Information


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 housing early as it fills up fast!)

Safety Protocals

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.