The End of the Baxter Inline Marathon:
We haven’t had a whole lot of good news in the inline community lately and this doesn’t turn the tide. Back on November 14th I was beginning to work on the 2013 Inline Schedule. In so doing I went to the Baxter Inline Marathon webpage to check the date for the 2013 event. The web address was for sale. I then wrote Terry Holm an e-mail asking if there was “anything I need to know as I draft the 2013 schedule?” Tonight I received the response:
After having a number of uncertainties regarding road construction in the Baxter area,
it is with regret that we announce, after 12 years, the end of the Baxter Inline Marathon.
We want to thank all participants who have supported us over the years along with an enormous thank you to all volunteers and the City of Baxter.
Jeannie &Terry Holm
Here are the links to this seasons Baxter Inline Marathon:
Baxter Inline Marathon (June 9th)
I probably say it every season, but this is the most underrated event on our circuit. Baxter offers a relatively safe but still challenging and scenic course (and is a well organized event).
After a mistake early on (combined with taking a bit too much time off after the Dome), I ended up pulling the chase pack rather than mixing it up with the lead pack. I spent more than my share of time pulling and tried to close the gap, but it didn’t happen. I was, however, pleasantly surprised to still be able to hold off the rest of the chase pack (including Matt Meyer, a rare 2012 appearance by Ovid Westin, Mike DeZellar, and James O’hearn) in the sprint to the finish on a beautiful sunny day in the north woods.
Then I got to sit and watch the rest of the field pour across the line. Kara Peterson was an impressive performer – winning the ladies event by nearly 8 minutes over Melissa Dahlmann, who was competing in her first inline event (on borrowed skates).