This past weekend, inline speed skating enthusiasts gathered under the sun-soaked skies of Tampa, Florida, for the exhilarating Skate More Inc “The Pad” event. The second race of the season, held on October 8, 2023, promised action, competition, and plenty of surprises. With a cool breeze in the air, the stage was set for an unforgettable day of high-speed racing and camaraderie.
A Day of Variety and Competition
“The Pad” event offered something for every inline speed skating aficionado. From sprinters to long-distance lovers, this event had it all. The race lineup included a 100-meter drag race, long and middle-distance track races categorized by age groups, a one-lap dash, and the thrilling “Beat the Clock” 10K Challenge.
Beat the Clock 10K Challenge: The Main Event
The “Beat the Clock” 10K Challenge lived up to its name, with skaters from all backgrounds and age groups taking on the ultimate test of speed and endurance. It wasn’t just about racing against fellow skaters; it was a race against the clock and personal bests.
In the men’s division of the Beat the Clock 10K, Brady Ankney stole the show, setting a new record with an astonishing time of 19 minutes and 33 seconds. The competition was fierce, with Dyland Robins, Samuel Wallace, Logan Gemeinhart, and David Dolnick pushing Ankney to his limits.
On the women’s side, rising star Natmar Aguilera blazed her way to victory, completing the 10,000-meter challenge in 19 minutes and 58 seconds. Lexi Naeher, Christina Naeher, Mariena Johnson, and Lisa Cesaroni followed closely, making for an action-packed race.
A Day of Grit and Determination
The day wasn’t without its share of challenges, and the resilient spirit of inline speed skaters shone through. World Team Member Mariena Johnson, despite a nasty fall, exhibited sheer determination and finished the road race with bloody scrapes and bruises, a testament to the unwavering resolve of these athletes.
Culinary Delights and Fun for All
Aside from the thrilling races, the event offered more than just speed. Chef Keith Wallace delighted participants with mouthwatering treats, including burgers, hot dogs, and more, ensuring everyone refueled and enjoyed the day to the fullest.
Looking Forward to a Thrilling Season
The Skate More Inc “The Pad” event on October 8, 2023, was just a glimpse of the excitement to come in the inline speed skating season. With a packed race schedule ahead, including events in November and December, enthusiasts and competitors can look forward to more unforgettable moments on wheels.
The Skate More Inc “The Pad” event was a true celebration of inline speed skating, showcasing the sport’s diverse talents, boundless determination, and spirit of camaraderie. As the sun set on a day filled with speed, competition, and community, inline speed skaters left with memories of thrilling races and a renewed passion for the sport. The road ahead promises even more excitement, and the world of inline speed skating is undoubtedly alive and well, poised for a future filled with exhilarating races and unforgettable moments.