16 April 2014

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New Calendar Released for
2014/2015 Season!


15 April 2014, Katonah, NY- Marathon Skating International (MSI), in conjunction with its partners Pentathlon des Neiges and The Kingdom Games, is proud to announce confirmed dates for the first marathons of 2015 in North America. It's never too early to start updating your personal calendar for 2015. To be sure you don't miss these events, take a moment to reserve these dates:

January 24, 2015
Skate the Lake Portland, Ontario
January 31, 2015-
February 1, 2015
Lake Memphremagog Marathon Newport, Vermont
February 8 & 9 Challenge of the
Plains of Abraham
Quebec City, Quebec


Blainville Roller Marathon
Saturday 12th July 2014

You are invited to skate in the 9th edition
For information & registration,
visit the official website

New Calendar Released for the 2014/2015 Season (continued)

Dates for the season openers in late 2014 are yet to be confirmed. Traditionally we open the season in November with the Quebec City Marathon (St-Foy), followed in December by the Golden Skates Marathon in Lake Placid, New York. Dates will be posted as soon as organizers can reserve time at the respective rinks.

In addition, for those of you that want to skate a marathon indoors, the US National Marathon will be held on January 24 and 25 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It takes place in conjunction with an indoor marathon, where runners make laps around the outside of the rink.

Next year, Skate the Lake returns to its one-day format, following this past season's skating of the North American Marathon's two-day event. The Lake Memphremagog Marathon joins the MSI series of marathons with a permanent spot on the annual marathon calendar. This past season's impromptu 21- and 42-km races were a great success in terms of venue preparation, ice conditions, and skaters who were pleased with the return of speedskating to a lake that straddles the border with Quebec. The Challenge of the Plains of Abraham ("Defi", en francais) will again return on a refrigerated rink in historic Battlefield Park on a bluff high above the St. Lawrence River. This year's debut of the new oval was yet another milestone in the development of speedskating for Quebec and all those who travelled there.

Speaking of the US National Marathon, Phil White of The Kingdom Games and MSI have submitted an application to US Speedskating to host the 2015 North American Marathon in conjunction with the Lake Memphremagog Marathon. Easily accessible from all points north and south, Newport, Vermont can be the ideal setting for this special event and can easily draw skaters from both sides of the friendly border. Within a half hour drive of the marathon venue is Jay Peak Resort, offering world-class skiing and accomodations (including an indoor waterpark). We hope that US Speedskating offers us the opportunity to host the North American Marathon.

Finally, there are some exciting plans in the works for a series of speedskating events in late January and early February. Announcements are expected this summer. Stay tuned!


Neal Hundt
President, MSI