Napa Valley Roadskate Marathon

Napa Valley Inline Marathon がローラースケートでの参加も認めるとか・・・もともと歴史の長いローラー関係の大会はローラースケートで実施していたので、今更とは思いますが、あらためて再確認したという事のようです。

Quad Skaters, WFTDA Derby Girls Welcome in Napa Roadskate Marathon

Posted by: D. Miles Jr (Jun. 15, 2011)
Hi Skaters,

This is a shout out to all the quad roller skaters and roller derby girls that thought the Napa Valley Inline Marathon was for "inline only".
Napa Valley Inline Marathon
Of all the people involved in promoting this sport, I would NEVER exclude quad roller skates or any skate. The California Outdoor Rollersports Association defines rollerskating as "a sport that involves a person using a shoe or boot with wheels attached to the bottom to create motion. The wheels may be used in any configuration or number. This includes, but is not limited to, inline "blade" type skates and conventional roller skates".

Back when inlines first emerged they banned quad roller skaters from competing in their events. If you can relate to the way skateboarders dissed inline skating out of the X Games, then you can relate to how quad skaters were pushed out of the outdoor skate racing scene. I am a quad skater that skates inlines when I want to and you should be able to do the very same thing.

We are allowing quad skaters to enter the Napa Valley Inline Marathon and Half Marathon for the C.O.R.A. member rate. This will be in effect until July 8, 2011. The event is on July 10, so please sign up and register soon at

We intend to change the name of the event to the "Napa Valley Roadskate Marathon" in the future.

Keep Rollin',

D. Miles Jr.
Inline Skating Instructors:

RACE RESULTS - Napa Valley Inline Marathon

Posted by "D. Miles Jr" (Jul 10, 2011)
Hi Skaters,

Today we have a most wonderful time in the Napa Valley. I Rose always was great dealing with this crazy life we lead, but the finish line crew, the water station volunteers, everyone coming together. It was truly great and I thank you all!!!

You can find the results at Giant "Thank You" to Ariel McNight who changed her vacation plans in order to come out at 5AM to do these race results. Like I said it was a fantastic event supported and attended by some very fantastic people.

This was the largest attendance we have had since 1997. We were on the up cycle then and I know you all recognize the up cycle we are experiencing now. The country might be going to hell in a hen basket, but today, I saw our sport shine bright!!!!! Much more to come. We'll probably be on the front page of the newspaper tomorrow.

Thanks again and Keep Rollin',

D. Miles Jr.
The GodFather of Skate

Napa Marathon in the news

Posted by "D. Miles Jr" (Jul 11, 2011)
Today Rose and I will will be heading back to the Napa Valley to pull up the signs and pick up trash left from the event. We are in the newspaper there today!!!

Inline skaters go the distance at 18th annual marathon event

CHANTAL M. LOVELL (July 11, 2011)
Roller skating was a favorite childhood pastime for Mandy Burbank, but for most of her life, four-wheel skates were a distant memory.

But a few months ago, she rediscovered her passion for skating, leading her to join inline and quad skaters from across the world on a roll through Napa vineyards Sunday.

“I used to skate as a little girl, but when I was in elementary school, inline skates came out. I loved my quads and all the kids teased me for being on quads, so I quit,” said Burbank, a 29-year-old Chicago resident. “I started volunteering with high school students a year ago, and we went skating and I had so much fun I thought, ‘Why did I stop?’ So I got a pair of skates and asked myself, ‘What is the wildest thing I could do on skates?’ I heard people do marathons.”

Nastassia Hamor, 20, placed first among the professional women racers in Sunday's inline skating marathon on Silverado Trail, covering the 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 18 minutes. Jon Henry photo

Since March, Burbank trained for her first marathon, which she skated Sunday with more than 150 others on Silverado Trail between Oak Knoll Avenue and Oakville Cross Road.

The road was closed for the 18th annual Napa Valley Inline Marathon and Half Marathon so skaters, some Bay Area locals and visitors from France, Germany, Australia and other countries, could have free reign of the course.

“These people live for these types of events, where you get a closed, smooth road and you can skate distances, not just like in a roller rink where you go in circles,” said organizer David Miles, 55, of San Francisco.

The event began as an informal marathon for local skaters and ran up Silverado Trail from Trancas Street into Calistoga, Miles said. The marathon, sponsored by the California Outdoor Rollersports Association, is the only inline skating marathon in the western United States.

“If you're going to do an inline marathon, this is the place to do it,” said Paula Amenta, who came from Chicago with her daughter, Burbank, for the marathon. The two were celebrating Amenta's 49th birthday and plan to return to Napa and the marathon for her 50th.

Jon Henry, 39, of Middletown, also skated with family and has participated in the marathon for three years.

“It's designed for the average, recreational skater,” said Henry, whose daughter, Amanda Henry, skated the half-marathon for the first time Sunday. “If you want to race, you can and you're timed and we've got a lot of professionals here. But if you just want to skate for fun, you can do that too.”

Amanda, 12, said there were some challenges along the way, but crossing the finish line of cheering spectators made up for the exhaustion and scrapes.

“It was hard at some parts. Going up hills, I just wanted to pass out,” she said. “I had a friend with me so I was just trying to keep up with her.”

Sandrine Lardit, a native of France who is now living in Mountain View, said skating is easy on muscles and joints and perfect for just about anyone.

“It's a lot easier on the knees and on the back, and it's so nice to be outside and on the road,” Lardit, 39, said. “It's a great atmosphere to be with all the people who like to skate.”

Napa Valley Register: Inline skaters go the distance at 18th annual marathon event

Keep Rollin',

D. Miles Jr.
The GodFather of Skte

Front Page from the Napa Valley Register

Posted by "D. Miles Jr" (Jul 12, 2011)
Hi Skaters,

Yesterday we went back to Napa to finish up things and in all the newspaper stands were pics of skaters. I recreated the front page of the Napa Valley Register and posted it at


D. Miles Jr.
The GodFather of Skate