We’ve just witnessed history being made as Desiree Linden, 34, became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. The conditions were monumentally against her — chilling temperatures, freezing rain, countering wind, and 33 years of male dominance in her endurance discipline. None of this stopped her as she crossed the finish line with an impressive 2 hours, 39 minute, and 54 second finish. Since 2009, she is the first women’s winner to finish with a time over 2:30:00 and Since 1957, no male winner has received a time over 2:25:54. …

“How is that in any way fair?” “Great, more men beating women in their own division!”

These are things I hear pretty often. Look, I get it- you’re uncomfortable with the idea that someone in a “male body” could compete against women who were, well, born as women. Most of that fear comes from directly just being a flat out bigot, and other than that, it comes from a fear of being beaten. Both of which are irrational. The assumption that a man would inherently beat a woman at any activity is in its own way sexist, and frankly misogynistic overall.

Stepping back in women’s history, it’s obvious that many have completely forgotten about a few different things, and the foremost being how hard women had to fight just to be seen, legally, as equals. Women’s suffrage was about being equal to men so they could vote- surprisingly enough, that concept isn’t even that old. It was less than a century ago that women couldn’t even voice their own opinions. That information is important to know- before the right for women to vote, there was inequality in many other aspects as well. There was no WNBA. There was no Women’s MLS. If you think now, there are no women in football, no women in baseball, and no major league female hockey players. …

First things first: you have to look the part. If you aren’t swagged TF out in some of this season’s hottest clothing trends (sold exclusively at Zumies!), don’t even waste your time leaving your house to go skate. Second, don’t wear anything childish. Skateboarding is something not meant to be an expression of yourself, or a way to project your strange fetishes onto via appearance. Wear age appropriate, stylish clothes. It’s easy!

Actually, don’t take a single word of that seriously. Seriously. Skateboarding IS an expression of self. But in the same sense, it also isn’t. There’s no popularity contest in skateboarding. Nobody ever got famous in skateboarding because they looked fly AF. They got there because they were a GREAT skateboarder. However, being unique comes with it’s own set of fans, but uniqueness is subjective. Wear whatever you please. …

SkateIDSA’s President on skateboarding education, his next race, and where it all began.

Meet Joner Strauss. He’s not only the founder and current president of SkateIDSA, but infinitely more: he’s an expert event organizer and an educational program designer in skateboarding for kids of all disciplines.

Joner’s been building pumptracks with Velosolutions for the last four years, which introduced Skateboarding Supercross to the SkateIDSA family. His focus has always been focusing on increasing the awareness and participation in skateboarding, beginning with his love for the Adrenalina event back in 2009. Based on his extensive careers in swimming and wakeboarding, the adoration for fitness and lifestyle events took a natural and welcome change to skateboarding, so he took steps to build a governing board that oversaw events similar to the Adrenalina that started it all for him. …

SkateIDSA’s newest board member Angela Menck Kuhn on expanding distance skateboarding, being an event host, and the value of racing.

Meet Angela Menck Kuhn. She’s the host with the most, and the Pacific Northwest’s esteemed multi-tasker: taking on multiple responsibilities from event hosting, writing, marketing, fundraising, parenting, and being one of few SkateIDSA board members.

New to the squad of skaters and leaders that make up the board, Angela has already proven herself to be not only involved in expanding the sport of distance skateboarding, but an unmistakable influence meant to be heard. Angela’s roots in skateboarding are humble: she says it’s more fun than running, and good exercise that she can enjoy with her husband and kids.

Angela is known within the community (read: family) of long distance skateboarders as the host of the largest and longest running PNW event, The Centennial Sk8 Festival. The latest addition to her event hosting repertoire, Sk8 Lake Tye, turned heads in Washington and garnered wide-spread media coverage. When asked about goals for PNW racing and Centennial Sk8 Festival, she says, “more demos at various sporting events, churches, anywhere where a large group of people congregate. We would also like to form a riding club where we teach basic skills and encourage more participation.” …

SkateIDSA’s Recent Rule Revision Paves Way for Transgender Athletes

Miami, USA 09–10–2018
SkateIDSA — International Distance and Supercross Association

Miami, FL: The Skate International Distance and Supercross Association updated its rules to protect the right for transgender athletes to compete with their gender. Rule 4.3 explains its dedication to diversity, inclusion, and equality among competitors by creating a standard for other endurance sports to follow. Transgender athletes were always welcome to participate in SkateIDSA races, but until now no written rule existed. This rule stands to create a precedent for other skateboarding disciplines and endurance sports to follow in the future.

“As the only openly transgender athlete to compete in distance skateboarding so far, I can only hope that this will prompt others like myself to find the community, acceptance, and challenge I have been rewarded from within the IDSA,” says Calleigh Little, winner of the 2018 Women’s Division at the Miami Ultraskate. …

The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is easily one of my personal favorite national parks here in the United States. Though admittedly a newbie to national park exploration, I have come to find out exactly what I look for in a national park experience: history, hiking, and beauty. All national parks have their own specific brand of beauty to bestow on the admirers, but North Dakota left me in awe to the point where I had already started planning my return trip before I even left.


Theodore Roosevelt fell in love with the Badlands of North Dakota on his first visit, and I hadn’t fallen far from the tree. My girlfriend and I made the four hour trek west to Medora, first stopping at the Painted Canyons overlook and I was immediately hooked. Though it was a typical business day and there wasn’t a government shutdown, the parking lot had a giant “CLOSED” sign over a barricade to keep us out, but a small gate to let walking traffic through. Why? Bison were roaming all over in herds — it was my first up close view of the majestic animals, and I found myself taking an extended look through the binoculars to get the best glimpse. Unlike Roosevelt, I wasn’t there to hunt them. Also unlike Roosevelt, even if I wanted to, I couldn’t. Roosevelt pioneered conservation of bison after the decimation of the animals to the point of extinction became apparent, and since the numbers of the animal back then were merely in their hundreds, they now thrived on protected land, all for my viewing pleasure. …

Going long distance is no joke. Going long distance for multiple days at a time is even less of a joke — often times it could end be life or death, or, at the very least the difference between being able to use those muscles that got you as far as they did. Cycle tourers are at a unique advantage when it comes to multi-day treks: they have panniers on either side of their bike (often times both), a front rack, a rear rack, water bottle holsters, easy ability to hook a trailer behind them, and full freedom when it comes to motion if they manage to use that space wisely. Skateboard tourers have been revolutionizing long distance since the day they realized they could get as far as a bike: some have done it with a follow car behind them, others have done relay style treks where they stow their gear in a van or bus and rotate the active skater after hitting a milestone in distance for the day, one person is known to use a baby stroller to hold his gear, a select few have gone developed trailer hitch systems and the truly unfortunate limit themselves to only a backpack (ahem, me). Other unique tourers, like those who tackle long distance on rollerskates or even the crazy ones who take 50cc mopeds and go far, have their own limitations. A moped tourer can’t place so much weight on their bike: engine/exhaust parts fail and ease of getting into the moving bits is necessary, half the gear needs to be tools they may or may not need and ultimately a tiny gas propelled pedal bike just can’t sustain what a cyclist may be able to carry. …

You’re one of the lucky few. One of those crazy people idolized by your friends for your ambition and bravery. You packed up everything, planned it all out, spent thousands on preparations, and embarked on your fantasized adventure. You endured hard days, amazing days, good weather, bad weather, loneliness and physical prowess. That’s right- you just accomplished your dream.

Whether it’s hiking the entire Appalachian Trail (or even just a part of it!), completing your first RAGBRAI cycle adventure, or skateboarding across the country, there’s always one thing shared amongst the elite: Once it’s over, you’re unsure of what to do next. When I skateboarded across the USA, returning to my home state of Massachusetts was a culture shock. I brought my pack and board to my parent’s house, and debated whether or not I was going to take anything out of it. Was it really over? I set up my tent in the backyard (in 0 degree Massachusetts December!) …


Calleigh Little

Adventurer. Self publisher. Web developer. Professional athlete. Country crosser.

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