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1996 "BRIDGE TO BOARDWALK ROLL"

THE SAN FRANCISCO TO SANTA CRUZ ROADSKATE

Saturday, July 13, 1996

If there is any doubt about it, let's end it right now. The Bridge to Boardwalk Roll from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the most difficult skate race in the world. The names you see listed on this page are skaters that have accomplished a truly remarkable goal.

Except for Eddy Matzger, Dan Burger and Kelly McCown, these skaters are not sponsored by anyone. There were no fabulous prizes or jackpot cash awards. This event was about the challenge. The challenge of skating an incredible distance through impossible terrain. From the cold, wet fog banks at the Golden Gate Bridge through steamy hot San Mateo County, up hills so long and steep many a skater has to stop to puke, these skaters made it all the way against all odds.

As the creator and organizer of this event, I will look at these skaters with a totally new sense of respect. I was one of the skaters who chose to skate this event. With my brand new Technica inline skates ready to roll, I started training on Thursday and the race was Saturday. I had visions of myself rolling across the finish line with my hands raised high in the air as if was Joe Montana throwing a touchdown to Jerry Rice.

Instead I found myself cramping up on Misery Hill only 18 miles into the race. With only half a leg working I limped into the 50 K checkpoint. Lee Cole from Skates on Haight saw my condition and went to work encouraging me. He and Carmen Segovia were my guardian angels as I approached Heartbreak Hill, the most difficult part of the race. I have never in my life felt the kind of pain I experienced skating the five miles of Kings Mountain Road.

I had skated San Francisco to Santa Cruz twice before, but that was 15 years ago and on quad skates. With each step I would take, a muscle would cramp. I could only take a couple of steps and I would have to stop. I was determined to make it to the top and Lee and Carmen was just as determined to see that I finally made it over Heartbreak Hill, but I knew that I would not make it to Santa Cruz.

Congratulations to all those skaters that made it to the 100 kilometer mark and especially those who made it all the way. You are the heros of the day. You make us all proud.

P.S. IT IS NOW MY MISSION TO TRAIN AND GET MY BODY READY. JUST WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR CHARLIE BROWN. I WILL MAKE IT ALL THE WAY.

>Kelly McCown's story.
>Howard Cohen's story.


Race Results

PLACE NAME CATEGORY H:M:S:Hndrth Note
1. EDDY MATZGER IST PRO MEN 6:09:02:24
2. PATRICK WALLACE 1ST VET MEN 6:34:15:58
3. DAN BURGER 2ND PRO MEN 6:41:47:15
4. KIRT KRUEZ 1ST SR. B MEN 6:54:36:16
5. DANA EADS 3RD PRO MEN 7:19:52:31
6. JOHN CEELY 1ST GR. MASTER MEN 7:23:39:41 TIE
6. STEVE BLAIR 2ND SR. B MEN 7:23:39:41 TIE
8. ZAK PHILLIPS 4TH PRO MEN 7:38:50:52
9. JOEY GATCHALIAN 3RD SR. B MEN 8:12:24:24
10. KELLY McCOWN 1ST PRO WOMEN 8:29:24:58
11. DAN FILNER 4TH SR. B MEN 8:31:40:02 TIE
11. MARIA DE SOUSA 1ST VET WOMEN 8:31:40:02 TIE
13. JEFFERY STELLY 5TH SR. B MEN 8:50:52:18
14. BETSY FIREBAUGH 2ND VET WOMEN 8:50:58:16 TIE
14. KRIS MILLER 2ND VET WOMEN 8:50:58:16 TIE
16. PETE RICHARDS 6TH SR. B MEN 9:17:57:02
17. TYLER HICKMAN 7TH SR. B MEN 9:18:53:09
18. TOM McCUE 1ST MASTER MEN 9:45:19:11
19. HOWARD COHEN 8TH SR. B MEN 10:30:20:52
20. CHRIS VALENTI 9TH AND SR. B MEN 11:05:00:03
21. MARK MOSQUERA 10TH SR. B MEN 11:20:06:07
22. VICTORIA ARMINGO POWERS 3RD VET WOMEN 11:36:44:18
23. ASHTARA VARGA 1ST SR. A WOMEN 11:37:50:06
24. ALBERT LI 11TH SR. B MEN 11:38:55:24
25. GARY AGAN 2ND MASTER MEN 11:45:45:11
26. RENE OLDRICH 1ST SR. B WOMEN 12:26:05:11
27. TSUTOMU SHIMONURA 12TH SR. B MEN 12:39:45:00 TIE
27. SIMONETTA TUREK 2ND SR, B WOMEN 12:39:45:00 TIE
27. MO McGEE 4TH VET WOMEN 12:39:45:00 TIE
27. KEITH DAVIS 2ND VET MEN 12:39:45:00 TIE

50 KILOMETER RESULTS

PLACE NAME CATEGORY H:M:S:Hndrth
1. JENNY BRANT 1ST SR. B WOMEN 2:21:52:02
2. RICK SWANGER 1ST VET MEN 2:14:10:15

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>Race Results: Roll Through the Wine Country II, JUNE 22, 1996.
>Race Results: Roll Through the Wine Country III, Aug, 10, 1996