MIAMI – How far can one go on a skateboard? Starting on Monday, January 16 at 9:00 a.m., skateboarders from around the world will try to answer that question when they embark on a test of endurance at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Approximately 100 competitors and enthusiasts will eat, sleep and skate at the championship track, as they attempt to break the world record for the longest distance skateboarded in 24 hours.
Known as the 24-hour Ultra Skate, skaters push a new envelope in distance skateboarding, cramming mileage into the span of one day. Beginning in 2007, Ultra Skate has hosted events all across the globe, each time attempting to break their own records for the longest distance skateboarded in 24 hours. The skateboarders will conclude their quest for the record at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17. The record for longest distance skateboarded in 24 hours is 309 miles.
Sanctioned by the International Distance Skateboarding Association (IDSA), the 24-Hour Ultra Skate is making its fifth straight trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway. The skateboarders will be skating on a specially designed 1.46-mile loop running counterclockwise.
For more information on the 24-Hour Ultra Skate event and how to register, please visit www.24hourultraskate.com.
*Editor’s Note: Media wishing to cover the event can contact Neal Gulkis (305-230-5233) or Greg Rios (305-230-5229).
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The Speedway is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The Speedway hosts on-track events nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. In 2016, NASCAR celebrated its 15-year anniversary (2002-16) of crowning champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016 were Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series), Daniel Suarez (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Johnny Sauter (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). 2017 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 17-19.
About “Driving for a Cause”
“Driving for a Cause,” the charitable arm of Homestead-Miami Speedway, operates under the auspices of the NASCAR Foundation as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Homestead-Miami Speedway will continue each of its charitable activities, including its in-kind donations to local groups, support of Homestead Hospital’s Speediatrics unit, and its program where organizations can work track events in exchange for a donation to their group or cause.