Midway Medals at Northshore Inline Marathon

Midway Speedskaters brought home the hardware after the Northshore Inline Marathon in Duluth, September 15. Giorgia Birkeland of White Bear Lake won the ladies 15-17 age category and was the second fastest female overall with a time of 1:09:36.  The Midway men swept the podium in the 15-17 age category, with Adam Johnson of Oakdale taking first place at 1:08:22.  This was also the 4th fastest time for non-elite men.  Mack Hanson of Mounds View took second place for men 15-17 at 1:09:36 and Michael Johnson of Oakdale in third place at 1:18:52.

The Northshore Inline Marathon, in its 23rd year, is the fourth largest Inline Marathon in the world.  The course runs along Lake Superior, from Two Harbors to Duluth, mostly following the Grandma’s Marathon route.  Thunderstorms the night before the race had skaters expecting a long, wet skate, but the weather cleared in time for the race.  Cool, but humid, temps and a nice tailwind made for a very fast skate.  The course record, which was set in 1998, would likely have been broken, but for a slight shortening of the course due to construction near the finish line. Elite Skater Ken Kuwada of Argentina finished in 56:56:12

Midway Speedskating Club, based at the John Rose Oval in Roseville, has been using Inline Skating as off season training for their main sport, Speed Skating.  Many skaters are moving back and forth from Inline to Ice skating.  The 2018 US Olympic Speedskating team included several members that were inline skaters that transitioned to ice.  US Speedskating and USA Rollersports have recently announced a collaboration to encourage athletes from both disciplines to learn and work together.

Here are shots of Adam and Giorgia coming into the homestretch:

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Midway Speedskating Club Announces New Coach

Sarah

The Midway Speed Skating Club is pleased to introduce Sarah Krueger as a new member of the coaching staff. She will be taking on a leadership role for mid-level youth skaters.

Krueger has an extensive and successful background in the sport of speedskating. A native of Little Canada, MN, she started figure skating at age two then discovered speedskating at age five through the Roseville, MN Novice program. At age seven, Krueger joined the ranks of Midway Speedskating Club. As a Midway skater she enjoyed a successful career with long track speedskating, winning multiple Age Class Nationals, multiple Category 1 achievements, and a 12th place finish in the 2006 Olympic Trials in Salt Lake City. In addition to long track, Krueger’s skating career also included short track and inline racing.

Krueger is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Elementary Education. While pursuing her degree, Krueger balanced academics with a varsity position on the U of M rowing team, securing many victories including a second place finish at the Big Ten Championships.

In addition to Midway coaching, Krueger is an elementary school teacher at Minnesota Transitions School.

Midway Speedskating Club is a non-profit focused on the development of competitive speedskaters. The club was founded in 1946 and is based out of the Guidant John Rose Oval in Roseville.

Midway Speedskating Club Names Program Director

The Midway Speedskating Club Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Nick Pearson as Program Director. The newly created position will help expand on Midway’s rich history of excellence locally, nationally, and internationally. In the role, Pearson will focus on structuring successful programs to accommodate everyone, from youngest speed skaters through those with an eye on the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and beyond.

Pearson is a two-time Olympian who most recently was Director of Competition for the 2018 Long Track Speedskating US Olympic Trials. Previously, he worked for US Speedskating as the Long Track Program Director and High Performance Program Manager, providing direction and structure for long track speedskating in the US.

Pearson competed in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games finishing 6th in both the 1000 and 1500 meter distances in 2002 and 7th in the 1000 meters in 2010.

Midway Speedskating Club is a non-profit focused on the development of competitive speedskaters. The club is based out of the Guidant John Rose Oval in Roseville, MN. Founded in 1946 the club boasts many Olympians including Pearson’s wife, Annie (Driscoll) Pearson.