|Tony Rango, 24, of San Francisco, noticed ice on the road
when he first showed up early Saturday. "The rain (from earlier in the week) kind of
put a damper on things," Rango said. Rango tried a lap or two of the roughly
2-kilometer course, but didn't enter any of the races. An avid skater, he'd never tried a
race and said he just wanted to check it out.
Miles, head of the Outdoor Rollerskating
Association of America said he had hoped for perhaps 100 people to come. Miles plan was to
share with Pleasanton a little bit of what a lot of people in San Francisco enjoy on
Sundays in Golden Gate Park - a place without cars, to skate.
Miles, 36, with 14 years of skating behind him, is enthusiastic about the sport. His
van has a sign on the license plate: "I'd rather be roller-skating."
"Skating has a spirit to it," Miles said. "We're trying to create a
positive image for skating. It's fun. Too many people think that skaters are out of
control." Miles said he's hoping to get a Boy Scout Explorer post set up in
Pleasanton that would have roller skating as its primary' activity.
Steve Hunter, sales manager for the Pleasanton Convention and Visitors Bureau, went out
to the course Saturday,.and liked what he saw "I haven't seen anything like
this," Hunter said.
Hunter said the Christmas Day parade on Main Street might have drawn people away from
the event. But Hunter said he would like to see Miles back in Pleasanton.Spring or summer
would be good, Hunter said.
Today the ORAA is sponsoring "Skate Safe Sunday at Clubsport in Pleasanton. Miles
and others will share skating techniques.
Egfei Chin of Santa Cruz lets Brian Sarrizin of San Francisco do the work