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The Skate & Rollerski Sprints Are Here

The NSIM sprints are back and better than ever! Last year's Friday sprints were our race organization's first offering of this exciting style of racing.  After year 1 and vetting our format with leadership in the Inline Skating and Cross Country Skiing coaching communities, we are adjusting our offerings.  Friday, we will offer exciting inline skating dash events of 100m and 200m distances on the shore of St. Louis Bay, and on Sunday we will offer an inline sprint tournament for both a short loop (~400m) and a long loop (~800m), an inline criterium, and rollerski sprints with qualifying and knock out heats. NSIM is proud to announce this new format to add to the excitement and competitive field for our weekend of Racing events.

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Spots are limited for the inaugural sprints so make sure to register today!

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Our 2023 Sprints Offerings

22nd Annual Friday Kid Sprints

Join us for the 21st Kid Sprints. Kids ages 5 & under to 13 can skate head to head for the chance to be crowned the fastest kid in town. These short races are aimed at giving kids a taste of the experience of racing distances from 50 m to 200m and finishing at the same finish line as their NSIM heroes. All kids 13 & under are welcome to join in this fun event and all skill levels can compete.

2nd Annual Sunday Sprints 

This is an event you won't want to miss. Test your speed against some of the fastest inline skaters and roller skiers on the continent.

Inline Skaters can compete in a sprint tournament (Qualifying and Knock-Out Heats) over a short course and a long course, or they can compete in a masters criterium event (12 minutes, plus one more lap to pick the winner).

Roller Skiers can compete in a Free Style Technique Sprint Competition (Qualifying and Knock Out Heats) over a 2 lap course of ~1.5k. 

3rd Annual Friday Inline Dashes

Back by popular demand are our Friday night Inline Dash Events. Inline skaters of all ages can compete in flat-out sprints over 100 meters and 200 meters against some of the fastest skaters in North America for the chance to be crowned the fastest skater of the weekend. This event is open to the public and all skating skill levels are welcome to join in the fun!

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Sprint Maps 

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The Sprint Courses

Friday Inline Dashes:

Harbor Drive - located on the waterfront of St. Louis Bay, harbor drive was repaved in 2018 and would host the Inline Skate Dash (100m & 200m) Events.

Sunday Sprints:

Stebner Park - located in the City of Hermantown a top Miller Hill was recently repaved and would host the Inline Sprint Tournament, Roller Ski Sprint, and Inline Criterium competitions 

Spectator Area

Both venues are spectator friendly. Harbor Drive is in close proximity to the DECC and Duluth’s Canal Park and has ample room for spectators adjacent to the road surface.  Stebner Park has mowed grass surrounding the entire course area primed for spectating.  

Schedule of Events 

 

Planned Competition Schedule with large fields 

Thursday, September 14 - Optional Arrival and Training Day

8:00 am – 7:00 pm Unofficial Training, North Shore scenic drive, Harbor Drive and Bayfront Park

11:59 pm Online Registration Closes

 

Friday, September 15 Accreditation/Registration, Arrival and Inline Dash Event Race Day

8:00 am – 7:00 pm Official Training, North Shore scenic drive and Bayfront Park

12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Accreditation and Packet Pick Up

4:00 pm - 4:15 USARS Dash Inline Sprints Check In (Common Finish Line)

4:00 pm - 4:15 Kids Sprints registration

4:30 pm - USARS and Kids Sprints, Harbor Drive (Rolling Schedule)

USARS 100m Dash Time Trials Event (Heats of 4, all racers ranked on final time)

Kids 5 and under 50m

Kids 6-13 100m Event (Heats of 4, all racers ranked on final time)

USARS 200m Dash Time Trials Event (Heats of 4, all racers ranked on final time)

Kids 6-13 200m Event (Heats of 4, all racers ranked on final time)  

7:00 pm Team Captains/Coaches’ Meeting DECC Pioneer Hall

 

Saturday, September 16 Distance Race Day

6:45 am - Half Marathon Skate Race Start

6:50 am - Half Marathon Rollerski Race Start

7:00 am - St. Luke’s Wheels Off Half Marathon Running Race Start

7:45 am - Tunnel 10K Skate Race Start

8:00 am - Tunnel 10K Running Race Start

8:30 am - 42k Roller Ski Race Start

8:45 am - NSIM Race Start

8:43 Elite Men “Call Ups”

8:45 Elite Men Open and Masters Start

8:46 Elite Women “Call Ups”

8:47 Elite Women Open and Masters Start

8:55 Advanced Wave 1 Start

8:57 Advanced Wave 2 Start

8:59 Advanced Wave 3 Start

9:01 Rec Wave 1 Start

9:03 Rec Wave 2 Start

9:05 Rec Wave 3 Start

9:07 Combined Skate Start

12:00pm - Run Awards Ceremony

2:30pm - Skate and Rollerski Awards Ceremony


 

Sunday, September 17 Sprint Race Day (Stebner Park, Hermantown, MN)

8:00am Bib Pick Up Opens - Race Secretary Tent

7:30am Courses open for inspection and Warm Up

8:25am Courses Close

8:30am USARS Short Lap Qualifying Heats (Top 18 move on by time, heats of 6)

Rolling Schedule

Men’s Heat 1

Men’s Heat 2

Men’s Heat 3

Men’s Last Qualifying Heat

Women’s Heat 1

Women’s Heat 2

Women’s Heat 3

Women’s Last Qualifying Heat

TBD - Conclusion of Women’s Last Qualifying Heat Course will change over to Inline Criterium and RS Course and open for inspection

9:40am Course Closes

9:45am Men’s Open Inline Criterium (12 minutes plus 2 laps)

10:05am Women’s Open Inline Criterium (12 minutes plus 2 laps)

10:25am RS Course Open for Inspection

10:35am Course Closes

 

10:40 Men’s Rollerski Sprint Individual Qualification, Followed by Women’s Rollerski Sprint Individual Qualification (Individual starts @ 15 sec., 2 laps of the long course)

11:10am Course changes to USARS Short Lap and Opens for Inspection

11:15am Course closes

11:20am USARS Short Lap Knock Out Heats (Heats of 4, top 2 advance)

11:20 M QF1

11:23 M QF2

11:26 M QF3

11:29 M QF4

11:32 W QF1

11:35 W QF2

11:38 W QF3

11:41 W QF4

11:44 M SF1

11:47 M SF2

11:50 W SF1

11:53 W SF2

12:02 M Final

12:05 W Final

12:10pm Course Change to RS Sprints and Open for Inspection

12:20pm Rollerski Sprint Knock Out Heats (Heats of 6, Top 2 advance 

plus 2 3rd place lucky losers with best Qualifying times)

12:20 M QF 1

12:25 M QF 2

12:30 M QF 3

12:35 M QF 4

12:40 M QF 5

12:45 W QF 1

12:50 W QF 2

12:55 W QF 3

1:00   W QF 4

1:05   W QF 5

1:10   M SF1

1:15   M SF2

1:20   W SF1

1:25   W SF2

1:40 M Final

1:45 W Final

1:55 Rollerski Sprint Awards

 2:00pm USARS Big Lap Qualifying Heats (Top 16 move on by time, heats of 6)

Rolling Schedule

Men’s Heat 1

Men’s Heat 2

Men’s Heat 3

Men’s Last Qualifying Heat

Women’s Heat 1

Women’s Heat 2

Women’s Heat 3

Women’s Last Qualifying Heat

 

TBD if Needed JR Rollerski Heats (Rolling Schedule)

Boys SF 1 (Top 2 to A Final, Next 2 to B Final)

Boys SF 2 (Top 2 to A Final, Next 2 to B Final)

Boys SF 3 (Top 2 to A Final, Next 2 to B Final)

Girls SF 1 (Top 2 to A Final, Next 2 to B Final)

Girls SF 2 (Top 2 to A Final, Next 2 to B Final)

Girls SF 3 (Top 2 to A Final, Next 2 to B Final)

Boys B Final

Boys A Final

Girls B Final

Girls A Final

Awards

 

3:00 or 3:30pm USARS USARS Long Lap Knock Out Heats (Heats of 4, top 2 advance)

3:30 M QF1

3:35 M QF2

3:40 M QF3

3:45 M QF4

3:50 W QF1

4:00 W QF2

4:05 W QF3

4:10 W QF4

4:15 M SF1

4:20 M SF2

4:25 W SF1

4:30 W SF2

4:45 M Final

4:50 W Final

5:00 Awards

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Register for the Sprints Today!

Register for your choice: only sprints or do a combo of the whole weekend (Sprints and Distance). Click the register button below to get signed up: