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Cactus Classic Inline Marathon
March 2003 Newsletter

Event Date: November 2, 2003

Cactus Classic Newsletter - March 9, 2003
by Race Director Diana Coonce

Cactus Classic Inline Marathon

This newsletter is to give you an update on the Cactus Classic VII Marathon and Fitness Skate Sunday, November 2, 2003 in Oro Valley Arizona (just north of Tucson).

Registration
If you register by April 11, 2003 you can take advantage of the lower fee and team discount. You can register three easy ways, (1) go to our application form and print out the registration form to mail in or (2) click on Active.com or (3) fill out the registration form on our flyer and mail it in.

In 2002 we had a half price fee, which was great for registration. This year we will not be able to offer as good of a deal. Insurance rates have increased considerably so our rates must reflect the increase. But, in checking the fees for other events, it is still one heck of a bargain!! Fees go up on April 12th, so register soon. Registration will be available on race day.

Registration Fees
  • $45 per person if paid by 4/11/03 *
  • $65 per person if paid 4/12/03 to 11/01/03
  • $75 per person if paid on 11/02/03

    * There is a $5 discount per person for teams of 10 or more if registration is paid by April 11, 2003.

    Free Raffle Prizes
    This year we have more prizes than ever! And the grand prize is really special. We have a Pennsylvania Amish tour from Zephyr Tours as our grand prize this year! Stay tuned for the list of more goodies to be given away this year!! If you have already registered, get a friend to register (who is not currently registered) to skate the event and you will get an additional free raffle ticket for lots of product from our sponsors.

    Hotel
    Special room rates have been set up for the Cactus Speed Classic at the Holiday Inn Express Suites, 10150 N. Oracle Rd. in Oro Valley, which is just 10 minutes from the start line. The rooms are beautiful suites and you can have four (4) to a room. The hotel is offering a $30 discount until October 17. But remember to mention the Cactus Classic to get your discount. The phone number is 1-800-465-4329. Don't delay! Last year the hotel filled up.

    Bont Fun Roll
    On Saturday, November 1st, there will be a fun roll sponsored by Bont. Glenn Koshi of Bont will provide refreshments and raffle prizes for those who participate in the fun roll. The skate will start at 3:30 pm sharp at the parking lot on River Road between La Canada and La Cholla. The parking lot is on the south side of the street, across from the golf driving range. The pathway is along the Rillito River Park (see Fun Roll locator).

    The fun roll will be non-competitive and leisurely. The Rillito River Park loop is about nine (9) miles of smooth asphalt with some underpasses on the pathway. A map is posted on the web site or you can get a map and directions at pre registration at the Holiday Inn Express.

    Glenn Koshi mentioned something about really cool raffle prizes at the Bont Fun Roll.

    Course Update
    The course will be at the same location as the last two (2) years. There was some misunderstanding last year as to where the construction would take place. It will be east of the course, so there was no need for the event's course to move to a new location. The Rancho Vistoso section of the course is scheduled for improvements. As we find out details, we will let you know.

    Parking at the Venue on Race Day
    There will be plenty of parking in the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Rancho Vistoso and Tangerine where the venue is located. The start/finish is on Tangerine, just around the corner from the parking lot.

    Pre-Registration and Packet Pick-up
    Pre-registration will be Saturday, November 1st, at the Holiday Inn Express Suites on Oracle Road. You can register for the event or pick up your packet from 2:00pm to 7:00pm that day. Packets and registration will also be available on race morning.

    Saturday Night Pasta Feed
    Arrangements are being made for a pre-race dinner at a restaurant close to the hotel. You will receive additional information as the arrangements are confirmed.

    Entertainment
    Special arrangements have been made for entertainment while the results are being tallied. And, as always, lots of food and beverages will be available at the venue.

    Things to Do
    Why not make your trip a vacation too! There are lots of things to do in Oro Valley, Tucson and the surrounding areas in November. The temperature is usually around 70 degrees and great for outdoor activities. There are numerous hiking and mountain biking trails, walking tours and lots of other outdoor recreational activities, not to mention some great skating pathways in Tucson. And, Oro Valley has some of the finest hiking trails, bike paths and golf courses in the area, OroValley.org. For more about what to do in Tucson visit VisitTucson.org.

    More Information
    If your questions aren't answered in this newsletter connect to the event Web site at CactusSpeedClassic.org or contact diana@SkateTucson.org or fstedysk8@SkateTucson.org.

    Just as a friendly reminder that if you haven't registered yet, you can still take advantage of the registration discount thru April 11. Register at Active.com or download a form from our application page and join us in beautiful Oro Valley Arizona!

    I look forward to seeing you in November. Skate safe and have fun!

    ~ Diana "Blade Mom" Coonce, Race Director
    ~ Cactus Classic VII Marathon & Fitness Skate
    ~ Email: diana@SkateTucson.org
    ~ Phone: 520-744-3787



    Related Links
    Cactus Classic Marathon (Official Web Site)
    Holiday Inn Express Suites (Event Hotel)
    Fun Roll Before the Marathon (Map)
    Registration: Online at Active.com
    Registration: Print and Mail Form
    Tucson Area Inline Skating Club
    Visitors Guide to Oro Valley Arizona.
    Visitors Guide to Tucson Arizona

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