Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:57 pm Post subject: SilverComet/Ladiga Sk8 Challenge, May 2011 & 2012
From Marion Karr's Facebook page
"Long distance skateboarders from around the world will be descending on the 94 miles long Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga Bike Trail that runs from Smyrna (Atlanta), Georgia to Weaverville (Anniston, AL) for three days of racing that will total approximately 180 miles plus!
May 20- Day 1: Smyrna, Ga to Rockmart, Ga. ..approx. 40 miles
May 21- Day 2: Rockmart, Ga to Weaverville, Al approx. 50 miles
May 22- Day 3: Weaverville, Al to Smyrna, Ga 94 miles
ENTRY FEE: $100 with $30 of each entry fee going directly to charity:water. (Before May 10th)
ONE DAY RACERS: $50 ($15 going to charity:water)
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: May 10th
Entry fees received after May 10th will be $125 with 30% going to charity:water
RACE DAY FOOD AND WATER: *Feed stations will be provided along the course with water and food but racers will have to carry their own water and supplies while on the course. NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES are allowed on the trail.
*Gear will be shuttled by race volunteers to Rockmart Day 1, Weaverville Day 2, and to the finish Day 3.
LODGING **Housing for racers and volunteers is being worked on in Rockmart and Weaverville/Anniston, AL for the Day 1 and Day 2. We are also in the process of looking for volunteers to house racers and race volunteers in the Atlanta area on the night of May 19th.
"We're getting our SKANUNU Bus ready to debut at this epic event. Check it out! For those of you who might need a ride, cool down, hang out, work on your board, get your bearings cleaned, watch a video, etc.. this bus is for you! Let us know what you think!! "
Hard to believe just a week ago we had finished this race. The memories are etched forever in my mind. An amazing vibe, incredible group of people that skated, and even more so the locals that supported us all the way -- including EMT giving us water at just the right times. The local Rockmart City people supplied us with a great 1st day post-race dinner, handmade ice cream, and overnight lodging, then even surprised Marion by making "unofficial" tee shirts for the event.
2nd place overall Jeff Vyain did a great write up here:
Man, if this were even close to twice as big as last year, it would be epic. What's great about an event like this besides the physical challenge of doing it is plenty of relaxed time with like-minded skaters coming from all over to one place, and tons of skating time, huge miles through scenic part of the country -- things that I often desired in my years of slalom racing. I still really dig slalom, but when I travel across the globe I like to be spending a lot of time on the wheels AND plenty of time to socialize, this kind of event brings both.
Man, Im wanting to try this so bad!! I'm going to have to do a 40-50 miler in the next couple weeks just to see how it is. 26 miles is the longest I've gone so far(in training and Adrenalina). Is the 90 mile run on day 3 going downhill or is it pretty level? _________________ SemperFi
Is the 90 mile run on day 3 going downhill or is it pretty level?
Overall the ups and downs in the trail seem to cancel each other out over the 94 miles. I remember seeing a GPS trail profile somewhere and will post that if I come across it again. Here's the general map site
There are some really long smooth parts that totally save you and you have to relish those moments, as there are other sections that have brushed concrete, which is a good reason to pack the 78a wheels. The last 40 miles seems like a gradual climb up, then about 15 miles slightly coasting down to the finish.
This adventure is truly epic - I recommend it to any distance skater who's got perseverance and stubbornness. Just know the temps are hot and know to pace yourself wisely, think like a turtle if need be. I'd also recommend you get plane tickets to Atlanta sooner so they don't climb too much. Alex Bangnoi from France and Laura Hatwell from UK are signed up this year already, awesome.
Just off the phone with Marion Karr, Joner Strauss, and Jack Smith and Gettin stoked! Right now the NCDSA page shows 32 racers signed up.
This year it's going to have an entry MAX -- the first 50 racers who pay $100 (for the full 3-day event) are in! Marion will have an official Paypal account ready in the next few days and all details will be posted on the FB page and on NCDSA sign up.
Sponsors so far include: Woody's Halfpipe Boardshop, Skanunu Brands, and Redmond Emergency Medical Services-- more to come soon!
Well I've signed up but how do you pay?I can't get buyers remorse untill I pay and I need to start psychological therapy to get a grip with my conflicting emotions about this challenge but need to save enough money for gas to drive to Georgia.Where do you get one of those nine tailed whips for self chastisement anyway?
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