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Skateboarding Meets Marathoning In New York

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 3, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM UTC
Skateboarding met marathoning in New York City last Saturday. Photo: ESPN

The winner of the race was a former cross-country runner.

Skateboarding met marathoning in New York City last Saturday. Photo: ESPN

If you’re a runner and like to skateboard, take note.

There may be a new sport for you: skateboard marathoning.

Last Saturday, a man known as “The Wiggler”, Jeff Vyain,won the New York edition of the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon longboard tour. On Governor’s Island in New York City, Vyain completed the 26.2-mile course (which was comprised of 12 laps) in 1:31:40. His prize money was larger than many running marathons: $15,000.

Paul Kent from Alberta, Canada was in the lead after the first lap, but “The Wiggler” eventually caught him. Kent ended up placing second and received $5000.

Five years ago, Kent couldn’t afford a bus ticket to take part in the event and skated 600 miles to New York. He ended up arriving the day before the race and placed third.

“I do this because it challenges me,” Kent said. “I like to make myself suffer and sort of relish in it.”

Vyain, the winner, was a cross-country runner at Belmont University.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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