Distance Skateboarding Challenges
Choose your Course:
THE CYBER MILE
1. Skateboard one mile, ensuring the course is completely flat, in one of two ways:
a) Skate the same one mile distance TWO times, once in EACH direction; the average will be calculated. The two runs should be skated on the same day, but rest time in between is otherwise unlimited.
b) Alternatively, if a FLAT oval / circular running track is available, such that the start and finish line are the same, it can be skated in one direction, for one mile rather than two.
2. Start from a dead stop. From start line to finish, either pump the entire length, push, or combine pushing and pumping. The start area must be completely flat, with no pre-start gravity bias (ramps, etc)
3. Timer starts when board crosses the Start Line.
4. Timer stops when board reaches Finish line.
Please e-mail your best RAW times in each direction to (pavedwave AT gmail DOT com), with name, location, time1 & time2, gear used, and any comments — and within a day or two it will be posted below!
Name: Speedy Gonzales
Location: Salt Flats, UT
Comments: All push, Sector9 Tri-lam, Flashbacks, slight wind.
** Note, the Cyber Mile records up to 2010 were based on a “flying” or running start, in which skaters would build up to full speed over the Start line, before the timer started. Going forward, we request skaters submit STATIC / DEAD STOP start times only.
THE 24-HOUR ULTRASKATE
Skateboard as far as possible within a 24-hour period.
The course should not be biased by gravity. This can be achieved in a number of ways:
1. Loop: A relatively flat loop track of short length (3–5 miles) repeated as many times as possible within the 24 hours. Too short a loop increases the chance for miscounting and inaccurate results.
2. Out and back: A predetermined length of course skated from point A to point B, then from point B to point A. This round-trip can be repeated any number of times, as long as the skater starts and finishes at the same point.
3. Out and back + Loop: The same course as above, only this time, the skater knows in advance that after returning to the original starting point, there will still be time remaining, and they want to maximize the amount of miles skated. The best way to ensure the course remains regulation is to complete the last miles on a loop track.
FULL MIAMI RESULTS
Skateboard a regulation, 26.2-mile marathon course.
The half-marathon is a 13.1-mile course.
Course times that start and finish in two separate points (A–>B) might offer a gravitational advantage, so any record of such a course would need to be challenged at the same location. Course times that start and finish at the same point (round trip, or repeated loop track) may be challenged from any other location in the world in the “cyber” tradition, as gravity is ruled out.
Note that many of the skateboard marathon World Standings on this page have been adjusted, since courses have been on both the long and short side of regulation 26.2 miles which is the agreed upon standard distance since 1921. It’s my hope that skateboard marathon course directors and officials will place more emphasis on ensuring their courses meet regulation distance in the future. These “adjusted” times maintained below are closer to reality, but still leave much to be desired in terms of accuracy. It will only help the future legitimacy of skateboard racing if the courses come closer to the 26.2 mile standard (e.g., within .10 mile or less.)
Pavedwave World Standings will track men’s marathons under 2 hours and women’s marathons under 3 hours.
July 2011 New York City Full Results: http://www.pigmantri.com/jmsracing/results11/adren_ny11.html
October 2011 Plano Texas Full Results: http://www.pigmantri.com/jmsracing/results11/adren_tx11.html
November 2011 Hallandale Florida Full Results: http://www.pigmantri.com/jmsracing/results11/adren_fl11.html
Other Non-standard Course Records
Locations for past ultraskates and skateboard marathons
Send your course location / map / descriptive details to (pavedwave AT gmail DOT com) and I’ll add it to the list.
Miami Homestead Speedway (2.2 miles)
Dorney Lake, UK
Green Lake, Seattle, USA (2.8 miles)
Goodwood Motor Race Circuit
A nearly perfect place for timing the Cyber
Mile. Engineered with a flat ‘apron’ loop track in the center
about 6 feet wide, each lap is a quarter mile, and this combined
with GPS as backup makes for an accurate reading. Since the place
was designed for bikes, and track bikes used on the Velodrome
don’t have brakes, they have the right of way here. So early mornings
are usually the best time to catch a lap or two at the Vel.
Redmond Marymoor Velodrome website here
Claims for new records should be accompanied by GPS records, milestone markers / landmarks, video, media, and signatures or confirmations by other spectators, especially from those in an “official” capacity. Publicly held, well publicized, well attended and well documented events are the best for claiming new records. Thanks in advance for your diligence, and please submit any new record claims to this address: