I’ve been waiting to post this one for a little while, but with July finally here, the prize purse decided, and a sick deal from GroupOn for registration (more on that in a second) it seemed like the perfect time to get this out there. The Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon & Expo is going to be big with a lot of riders and a ton of companies coming out to show their new products and talk to skaters. It’s going down on Governors Island and the race will begin promptly at 7:00AM. The competitions are a “mini-marathon” 2.6 mile race and the main event, the 26.2 mile full marathon. Registration is $35 for the mini-marathon and $100 for the full. If that seems a little steep for you, good news! GroupOn today posted a deal that will get you riding in the mini-marathon for $9 and $39 for the big race.
Each stop in the Adrenalina Marathon series will post a prize purse of $30,000 (yes, you read that correctly) and will be divided amongst the top 5 finishers with the winner taking home $15,000 ($5,000 more than last year), second place taking $5,000, third place $2,500, fourth place taking $1,500 and the fifth place finisher walking away with a cool $1,000. Not too shabby for a fun morning skateboarding on Governors Island.
If you’re looking to participate you’ll need to register with Adrenalina and meet at the docks at 5:30AM for a 6:00AM ferry over to the Island. Like I said, the race is going to begin promptly at 7:00AM so you’ll want to make sure you’re at the docks on time so you don’t miss your chance to skate! The course is 12 laps around Governors Island (map embedded below) which is closed to cars and will be virtually empty, racers will have a 3 hour time limit to finish the marathon otherwise you’re disqualified. As of this posting only 2 people are registered for the mini-marathon and around 60 registered for the main event with big names including Kiefer Dixon poised and ready to go (although it looks like another 12 have bought the mini-marathon GroupOn today).
We’ll post more information as we get it, but the ASM is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and doesn’t sound like it will disappoint anyone.
UPDATE: Adrenalina has posted a full course description which you can find here. They run you through the entire course, turn by turn so you have a better idea of what to expect come Saturday. From what I can tell it doesn’t look like the map has changed all that much from the original one I posted on July 2nd, but it’s worth a look to make sure.
Rayne and Loaded/Orangatang have also been posting some videos from last year’s Adrenalina (the first ever in North America) and recently posted the 3rd in the series, showing the actual race from last year. The video got me AMPED for Saturday, hopefully it’ll do the same for you.