Local inline skaters compete in Apostle Island Inline Marathon

submitted photo • Michael Johnson of Oakdale leads Jia Griffiths and Giorgia Birkeland. Madeline Lange and Peter Mackey follow in their Midway uniforms at the June 16 Apostle Island Inline Marathon on Madeline Island. Midway Speedskating trains at the Roseville OVAL.

Following the recent trend at the Winter Olympics, Midway speedskaters are doing more crosstraining on inline skates and competing during the summer.  

Ten skaters from Midway Speedskateing, which train at the Roseville OVAL, recently competed in the June 16 Apostle Island Inline Marathon on Madeline Island. The six skaters who competed in the full recreational marathon took the top six places in the 13-17 age category. 

Sami Banat of St. Anthony took first place with a time of 1:23:25. Auggie Herman of Forest Lake took second, Jia Griffiths of Minneapolis, Giorgia Birkeland of White Bear Lake and Madeline Lange of St. Paul came in third, fourth and fifth places in a hard fought battle all within a second of each other, with Michael Johnson of Oakdale following close behind.  

Two of the Midway young men competed in the pro division — 17-year-old Mack Hanson, of Mounds View, and Adam Johnson, age 16, of Oakdale.  Johnson finished with the 11th fastest time overall, with 1:16:41. This was also a hard fought battle, with seven skaters crossing the finish line within 2 seconds. 

Emily Bos, age 13, of Roseville, completed in the half marathon and came in first place for females in the 13 to 17-year-old category.  

The Twin Cities has a large inline community. The overall winner of the pro divisions for men, Kelin Dunfee, and for the women, Melissa Dahlman, are both from St. Paul. To see more local skaters or learn about opportunities to skate with local groups or learn to inline, go to www.inlineskatempls.org.

For more information about Midway Speedskating, go to www.midwayspeedskating.org.  


— submitted by Cindy Johnson

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