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The Centennial Sk8 Festival will return this year to Arlington, bringing longboard racers from across the country to race on the Centennial Trail on Sept. 24 and 25.

Racers use longboards, similar to skateboards but designed more for distance racing, in the races that take place throughout Arlington and on the Centennial Trail.

The event is sanctioned by the International Distance Skateboarding Association.

"People like that we are gearing the event toward families and local participants," said Angela Kuhn, one of the main organizers for the event and an Arlington resident.

Racers come from many places to the event, but Kuhn hopes to encourage more local and woman participants this year as well.

Kuhn lives in Arlington with her husband and four kids and said they enjoy supporting longboarding, as its a family friendly and healthy activity.

"We're passionate about the sport of endurance longboarding," she said.

Many people also enjoy the handmade touches of the festival, she said, like the wooden handmade trophies.

This year's festival includes new races and a new film competition.

"We've added quite a bit this year," she said.

The film show will be held on Sept. 24 at the Olympic Theatre.

Participants entered short films about skateboarding and the show will display some of the winners as well as other selections.

"These films showcase some of the really positive aspects of longboarding," said Kuhn.

"It's about new ways of looking at skateboarding, it's not just your average film about skateboarding with a bunch of tricks," she said.

Kuhn said the whole show won't be longer than an hour and a half.

The nighttime race has been replaced with a sunset race that will be held on the Centennial Trial at the Armar Road trailhead.

The 5k race has been kept the same, said Kuhn.

A free one-mile race for kids will also be available. "This race is purely for fun and to help introduce kids to the sport," said Kuhn.

The event will center around Haller Park this year and not Legion Park.

In addition to food vendors and food trucks, a non-alcoholic Kombucha garden will be hosted at the park.

The Seattle company Sioeye has provided five cameras to the event as well. The "GoPro-like" cameras are able to livestream events to the internet.

"You don't always see all the action as a spectator, but with these cameras you'll be able to follow along and get in the action," said Kuhn.

More information about viewing the streams online or on your phone, is available at centennialsk8fest.com, along with more information about the festival.

"We really encourage people to come out, support some local businesses and cheer on our racers," said Kuhn.

Kuhn wanted to thank the sponsors and those who have helped the event including Arlington Lifeway Church, Kombucha Town, the Downtown Arlington Business Association, Stilly Diner, Cricket Wireless, Blackdog Longboards, Sioeye, Dwayne Lanes and the Arlington Co-Op.

 

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