Racer Profile-Andy Kostka

Photo Credit: Thong Nguyen

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN

Age: 28

Team Affiliation: Aloe-Up

How Long Racing: 3rd year

Favorite Race:
Baxter because it is the beginning of the marathon races in the MN/WI area! And Northshore because everyone is there and it is the biggest event of the year.

Racing Highlights:

  • 2006 – Finishing my first inline marathon, Big Granite (how would I’ve known it was the hardest one?)
  • 2007 – Joining a race team, finishing a race in under 1:20, and finishing 1st in my age category in the open marathon at Northshore (6th overall).
  • 2008 – Finishing 2nd at the Metrodome team time trial and finishing in the top 10 in several of the early season races.

How did you get into skating/racing? I played hockey growing up and in college at Clarkson University. I had always inline skated for recreation and something fun to do in the off-season. Once I stopped playing hockey, a friend of mine told me about the Northshore Inline Marathon. I thought I could never skate that far. However, a couple of years ago I decided to start training and do a couple of marathons. I ended up doing three and was hooked. I started racing competitively the next season.

Who do you like to skate with during a race? My Aloe-Up teammates!They are all awesome guys.

What advice would you give for someone just getting into inline racing? Find people who are faster than yourself to train with (i.e. Mike Anderson). This will push yourself to get faster to keep up. Also, ask for advice on skating technique, it is the key to being fast. Skaters are always willing to give you help, especially if you try to use the tips to get better.Lastly, don’t be intimated, everyone is super cool and friendly!

Anything else? Favorite skate quote (not sure the source): “It doesn’t get easier, you just get faster!”