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Report- Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC/ Pro Inline Tour

I have a few minutes to update SSW- my friends are at IHOP ordering my lunch. We’re going home- I’ll have pictures tomorrow or Tuesday. I’ll take a few days to chill out and relax. You can read about the race here; Chicagoland Inline Marathon – 2009 Live updates from the racecourse.

I’m in the lobby of the hotel- Jorge Botero is sitting across from me on his computer, and Harry Vogel is at the reception, checking out. We just happened to be the top-3 finishers in the marathon today.

A beautiful sunny day, a strong wind in one of the long straights, good turn-out of skaters.

Pro Women’s Marathon– The finish featured a bunch of girls in the sprint. Morgane Echardour was leading the group coming out of the final corner into the finishing bend with some 300-meters to go. Briana Kramer accelerated past Echardour and took the win with her arms up in the air. 2nd place finisher was Nikki Mejia just ahead of Morgane Echardour and Sarah Hopkins. I figure 12 girls were in the sprint.

Pro Men’s Marathon– After the start, I looked back and the pace line was long, very long. A few attacks in the early stages of the race kept everyone on their toes, keeping their eyes on Jorge Botero and Harry Vogel. Other than a few short and intense bursts, the pace was not very fast at all. After an attack at the mid-point race going up a hill, I countered the move and got a good lead. Jorge Botero and Harry Vogel bridged up to me. Jorge Botero and I led the rest of the race, with Vogel in tow. The pack closed in on us, but the three of us talked and agreed on keeping the pace going. After I led the last few km’s, Botero accelerated past me and took the win, Harry Vogel 2nd, and me 3rd. A big sprint for 4th was about 2-minutes behind us.

Pro Master/ Veteran Men– Benoit Leterouneau was agressive in this race, attacking and keeping the pace hard. However, the pack caught him and Tony Muse won the sprint, ahead of Norm Kirby, Hernan Diaz, Herb Gayle, and Morgan Williams.

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