S k a t e L o g     F o r u m
Inline Skating and Quad Roller Skating
Forum Hosts: Jessica Wright | Kathie Fry

FOLLOW US: Our Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Email    


Home - Forum Index - Africa Skating - Asia Skating - Europe Skating - Oceania Skating - Pan America Skating - Roller_Rinks - Friend the SkateLog Forum in Facebook - SkateLog Forum on Facebook

Forum Administrators: Jessica Wright and Kathie Fry | Email Us
Access code for buying and selling subforums: "skates"
How To Get a User Account and Posting Privileges in the SkateLog Forum
Use Google to Search the SkateLog Forum

Go Back   SkateLog Forum > Special Interest Skating Forums (sorted by number of posts) > Speed Skating Forum
FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Speed Skating Forum Most of the discussions in this forum will be about inline speed skating but discussions about ice speed skating and quad roller speed skating are also welcome.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old June 14th, 2017, 04:44 PM   #1
Spencer.Berry
Senior Member
 
Spencer.Berry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 356
Default Speed Events

The "Speed Events" section of this forum sure has been quiet in recent years. Do people not bother looking there? Or maybe no one is interested in Speed Events? Or maybe people are discussing speed events, but with their group of friends on FB, instead of here?
Spencer.Berry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 15th, 2017, 12:50 AM   #2
kufman
Senior Member
 
kufman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Illinois
Posts: 3,070
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spencer.Berry View Post
The "Speed Events" section of this forum sure has been quiet in recent years. Do people not bother looking there? Or maybe no one is interested in Speed Events? Or maybe people are discussing speed events, but with their group of friends on FB, instead of here?
I think FB has become more popular for event advertising and chat. Many of the major races have a FB page for the event.
kufman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 15th, 2017, 01:13 AM   #3
SkateMO
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 969
Default

I hate to be negative, but I think part of the lack of participation on here is representative of what the races are experiencing. I really feel like the outdoor events, especially, are struggling to find the numbers. And, thus, you don't have a lot of people on here talking about them.

I love skating...I still skate many days a week, but I haven't done a race in over a year. While I want to support the races, I just have other priorities and even other interests right now. This is such a lame excuse, but it just gets old traveling 10+ hours to race a few times a year. When I skate, I skate by myself...and, that also gets old. Every time I go out to skate, I thoroughly enjoy it, but it's just gotten tougher to keep my competitive juices flowing (because I'm always alone). I have to think other skaters are experiencing the same thing.

We have this conversation every year on here, and I'm not sure what it will take to get the participation up. Apostle is one of the best events in the country and the participation (there) is only so-so. Granted, that event conflicts with ODN, but if Apostle can't grow at a record pace, I'm not sure what event can. Part of me thinks there needs to be more events centrally located. But, when you look at races like Chicago, they don't necessarily get great participation either. I sort of think we need to bring back NROC and focus on a few really great events every year that are scattered across the country. To me, the Minnesota races, which are some of the biggest and only events, are becoming almost entirely local - meaning, most of the participants are from the area. We need to have more races where there is a better national presence. That's what keeps Duluth at the top - people are traveling from all over to participate. Somehow we need to start pulling skaters from states other than Minnesota in larger numbers. I don't have the answer, but I think losing events like Texas Road Rash and others has hurt us. There's even less attention on the Canada events. I remember when the Montreal inline marathon was a huge event. Now, I don't even know if it exists.

Again, I don't have the answers, but we need to figure out something.
SkateMO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2017, 02:15 AM   #4
Spencer.Berry
Senior Member
 
Spencer.Berry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 356
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kufman View Post
I think FB has become more popular for event advertising and chat. Many of the major races have a FB page for the event.
Yes, I think that is the explanation. For anyone here who isn't already a member of the "Inline Races" group on FB, I definitely recommend it. It is maintained by one of the Team Safe skaters, and usually has good info and discussions and photos.
Spencer.Berry is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 08:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.