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Roads to close for NorthShore Inline Marathon

The elite men leave the starting line in Two Harbors during the 2017 Northshore Inline Marathon. (Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune)

The NorthShore Inline Marathon will return to Two Harbors for its 23rd year Saturday, Sept. 15.

The event, which includes a variety of distances and skating styles, will feature approximately 2,000 participants, making it the largest event of its kind in the U.S., according to race director Skeeter Moore.

Scenic Highway 61 will close at 7 a.m. Saturday for skaters to gather near Earthwood Inn Bar and Grill, with the roller ski race starting at 8:30 a.m. and the inline marathoners leaving Two Harbors around 8:45. Moore estimated the last wave of skaters would leave Two Harbors at 9:24 a.m.

Moore said there would be access to the Two Harbors Expressway through Stanley Road between Sonju Motors and Earthwood Inn, but he asked residents using route to take great care and be mindful of skaters when crossing Scenic Highway 61.

A letter was sent out to all residents and all post office boxes on the race route to inform them of the race's impact. The letter told residents to expect Scenic Highway 61 to be closed for about five hours on the day of the race. There will be a crew of volunteers following behind the race to help with reopening the road as soon as the final skaters go by. As an example, the letter said Larsmont Road normally reopens about 10:30 a.m. the day of the race.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Silver Bay City Council and high school sports in Lake County. 

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