Interview: Adam Kocinski
April 18, 2004
This August, organizers will hold the inaugural St. Paul Inline
Marathon. The 26.2 mile event will wind through the streets
of St. Paul and is expected to draw well over 2,500 participants.
We interviewed the event's general manager, Adam Kocinski,
by email on Friday, April 16th.
The St. Paul Inline Marathon has their next price hike
on May 1st, so get your registrations in this month!
- Skinnyski: Tell us a little about the St. Paul Inline
Marathon... how did the idea get started?
Kocinski: The Saint Paul Inline Marathon is a certified
26.2 mile marathon along both Werner and Shepard roads
in St. Paul, parallel to the Mississippi River. The race
is well suited for inline skaters at every ability level,
from the professionals to recreational skaters.
Marilyn Franzen and Mike Cofrin, co-founders of the Saint
Paul Inline Marathon have had the vision of producing
an inline marathon in the Twin Cities for almost 10 years
now. Marilyn always thought that the course was perfect
for an inline marathon, but the roadways on Werner and
Shepard roads needed work before it could ever be considered.
In 2003 the final touches on both roads were complete
and are now in perfect condition, "paving" the way for
the genesis of the Saint Paul Inline Marathon. It was
decided over lunch that the event must go on, and the
rest is history. I was brought on board as the General
Manager for the marathon and am the point person for all
aspects of the event.
- Skinnyski: What is the course, roughly?
Kocinski: Staging area and start: The staging area of
the certified 26.2 mile marathon will take place at Lower
Landing Park, which is on the riverside of Werner Road,
just east of Sibley, with the start line on Werner Road,
adjacent to the park.
The On-Course Route:
- Participants start heading west in the eastbound vehicular
lanes on Werner Road.
- Continue west to Shepard road all the way to the turn-around
at or near Gannon Road.
- After the turnaround, the skaters will be heading
east in the westbound lanes on Shepard Road.
- They will continue onto Werner road and at Fish Hatchery
Rd. continue up the hill on the right side of all the
cones for about 1/10th of a mile towards Hwy 61 and
take a 180-degree turn around the last and largest cone.
- Head down the hill on the left side of the west bound
lane and jag right between the median and Fish Hatchery
Road and head west in the east bound lane on Werner.
- Go past the starting area for the second lap to the
turnaround at or near Gannon.
- Make the same 180-degree turn into the westbound lane
on Shepard and head east to Jackson.
- Turn left onto Kellogg
- When crossing at Wabasha, take a quick right to left
jag into the westbound lane and continue past St. Peter,
Market and Washinginton Streets.
- The Finish line will be on Kellogg in front of the
Xcel Energy Center, at or just east of the skyway.
- Skinnyski: Are there other urban marathon events around
Kocinski: The Saint Paul Inline Marathon is currently
ranked #3 in the nation behind the North Shore Inline
Marathon (4,000 plus skaters) and Disney, (2000 plus skaters)
and we have yet to run our event. There are other urban
events similar to the Saint Paul Inline Marathon out east
and out west, but with our event expecting a total of
2500 to 3000 skaters in our first year, I can safely say
there are no other urban inline marathon events quite
- Skinnyski: Inline skating is a pretty mainstream sport
these days -- is the marathon designed for racers or really
just about anyone?
Kocinski: The Saint Paul Inline Marathon was designed
for skaters of all abilities and for all ages (13 and
over). While there will be a lot of folks out racing for
a good competitive time, there will be an equal amount
of folks out to enjoy the day, challenging themselves
just to finish a marathon.
- Skinnyski: Will there be some elite level racers competing
Kocinski: The Saint Paul Inline Marathon will include
a very strong field of pro elite level skaters, most of
which will finish the marathon in about one hour. This
provides all of our other competitors the chance to see
the pro elite level skaters pass by a total of three times
prior to their start. Our course is also very spectator
friendly, giving family, friends and other interested
fans many different opportunities to see and encourage
their favorite pros, family and friends along the way.
- Skinnyski: Any recommendations on training for such
an event? Is there some places offering training groups
Kocinski: We currently have two GREAT training options
for interested skaters.
- Zephyr Online Training -They are offering a six week
online training program starting exactly six weeks prior
to the St. Paul Inline Marathon. This training program
is valued at $70.00 and is free to all those registered
for the St. Paul Inline Marathon.
- Robichon's Skate School -Robichon's is a nationally
renowned in-line skate company celebrating eleven years
of earth shattering fun and service to the inline skate
community. Known for their premier in-line skate lesson
programs and positive exercise experiences available
for all ages, all abilities and all interests in the
state of Minnesota and beyond.
- Skinnyski: How about equipment recommendations -- are
there some kinds of equipment upgrades that might help the
average inline skater?
Kocinski: There are many small in-expensive upgrades
that can be made to a pair of inline skates to make them
faster. Whether it be wheels, bearings or even new skates,
our partner RollerBob.com would be happy to help anyone
interested in upgrading their current equipment or upgrading
to entirely new equipment.
- Skinnyski: What about nutrition/fuel for the event?
Kocinski: There will be many water/food stops along
the course and at the finish line, but as with all events,
if you have special needs, bringing your own water and
or food is encouraged.