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Skating for our Savior - Don Patton

“Endurance skaters are always looking for new and different ways to test their endurance,” said Don Patton. Don, co-leader of the Orlando huddle, is participating in this year’s “24 Hour Roller Montreal” inline skating event in Canada. “I don’t know the origins of the race,” he said, “but a 24-hour race was an inevitable addition to the list of available endurance opportunities.”

In its seventh year, the “24 Hour Roller Montreal” relay race is formed of teams up to 10 inline skaters and takes place from 2 p.m. Saturday, August 7, to 2 p.m. Sunday, August 8. Skaters race on a 2.7 mile racetrack just outside of Montreal in Parc Jean-Drapeau on Notre-Dame Island. The five categories—Elite (17 mph average), Fitness (12+ mph), Recreational, Duo, and Solo—allow for skaters of all types to participate in the event.

Don will be skating with a group of other FCA-E members. “Currently, we have two confirmed and four ‘maybes,’” he said, “but we need more confirmations.” Don and the other FCA-E members involved with the event desire to have a strong presence in order to be a light for Christ that other participants will notice.

“I’m looking for input from the team,” Don said, “but my initial thoughts are to have prayer time and possibly even a bible study.” Members of the team will also wear FCA-E gear as they race. “This year we should have our new inline skating skin suits available by race time.” These suits will help team FCA-E stand out in the crowd, drawing more attention to why they are racing and Who they are racing for. “We want the volume of skaters in attendance to notice the presence of a Christian organization and to open up opportunities to minister to those in attendance.”

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1. Thomas Pear wrote:

I will be praying for you on this. I guess getting lost during the retreat was actually good training :)

Wed, June 16, 2010 @ 8:20 PM

2. Rich Holt wrote:

I have just gotten back into inline skating. I have thought long and hard about joining you but it isn't possible this year. I would be interested in getting a skating skin suit if they become availble. I will pray that you find people to fill your team.

Maybe next year I could be part of a team for Athens to Atlanta?

Fri, April 6, 2012 @ 3:49 PM

3. Gasut wrote:
Thanks so much to whomever potesd this! My only experience with inline skating was with Rollerblades about twenty years ago. Valerie Graber was in this race, and as she's my fiancee, (lucky me) she told me that she was in some videos, so tonight we went looking for them. Wow! Very cool. I guess I never understood just how fast you guys go! It's on my bucket list to race the A2A, hopefully with better skates than my old Rollerblades (which I still have).Does anyone know where I can get a copy of a inline race promotional video that was shot in 1999 or 2000 at Downers Grove Illinois that was a criterion race. I think it was done by Outdoor Life Network, and my soon to be wife finished eighth in the race. Thanks!

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