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Old July 10th, 2017, 04:23 PM   #1
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Im heading to IDN later this week, then going to head to Chicago for the marathon a week later (and to do some castings). how is the "new" course? AKA, what hardness of wheels do I need? What do we need to be prepared for?

If you are going to Lincoln, ill see ya there, if you are gonna be in Chi-town, I will see you there!!!

Cant wait to get back to a marathon, its been awhile!
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Old July 11th, 2017, 12:08 AM   #2
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I didn't realize they changed the course again. I'm glad I logged on here and saw your post.

It looks pretty intense. A slightly downhill 180 degree righthand turn 200m from the finish line? Yikes.

One section of course looks like it will be pretty narrow, since we go out and back on the same two lane road. I kind of doubt the packs will be very big, so maybe that won't be an issue.

Road surface last year was quite a bit worse than it was the previous times i did it. I don't think the asphalt is that rough, but there are a lot of cracks. I'm a bit out of touch with what wheels are fast, but I'll probably go with some firm MPCs.

Intelligentsia Cup is the same weekend in Chicago. It's 10 days/nights of crit racing (bicycles) in the suburbs of Chicago. If you're interested in spectating some bike races, you should check it out. I'll be racing Friday-Sunday on the bike, and I'll bring my skates for the marathon too (if I'm not too beat up).

Do you know of anyone else heading there after nationals?
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As far as I know, no improvements have been done to the road surface since the At&t center is abandoned.

EDIT: This may not be correct. There may be a new business in the complex.

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Old July 24th, 2017, 03:11 AM   #4
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Intelligentsia Cup is the same weekend in Chicago. It's 10 days/nights of crit racing (bicycles) in the suburbs of Chicago. If you're interested in spectating some bike races, you should check it out. I'll be racing Friday-Sunday on the bike, and I'll bring my skates for the marathon too (if I'm not too beat up).
That's awesome! You spent the weekend bike racing, and still weren't too beat up to make the podium in the inline marathon! Pretty amazing fitness level!
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The course was above my expectations. I thought it was actually a lot of fun. Other than the one parking lot from hell, the course wasn't too rough.

Hopefully they have the race again next year. With a decreasing turnout each year, I don't really know how long they will keep it alive. I wonder what the 2nd largest marathon is now. There are some fairly big half marathons and ultra-marathons, but not too many 26.2 mile races anymore.

I love that it is the same weekend as Intelligentsia Cup. It would actually be really cool to have the elite skaters compete on the Saturday Intelligentsia course. There were tons of spectators at the bike race, but only a handful at the skating race.
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Old July 26th, 2017, 03:16 PM   #6
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The course was above my expectations. I thought it was actually a lot of fun. Other than the one parking lot from hell, the course wasn't too rough. .

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