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August Skater of the Month

Name: Brian Hoffmann

Nickname: Hoffmonster

Age: 45

Marital Status: Single

Have been skating for how long: Speedskating since 2004.

Equipment Brand and Type: Boots are Custom Pinnacle Tsunami; Frames are Cado Motus 4x110; Wheels are Matter (indoor), MPC (outdoor).

Life Philosophies: Work to live - I don�t live to work.

Favorite Time of Day to Skate: Early morning when it�s calm and cool.

Favorite Skating Event: Northshore inline marathon, Duluth, MN. It's our biggest event and nothing even comes close (3000+ competitors).

Brian Hoffmann Photo
Chicago 2009

Awards/Competitive Wins:

  • Northshore Inline marathon - 2008 - 7th in 40-45 advanced men out of 175 2009 - 5th in 40-45 advanced men out of 190
  • 2009 Squiggy Inline marathon - 2nd in advanced masters
  • 2009 Texas Road Rash 2nd in 40-49 open male division
  • 2008 Texas Road Rash 3rd in Open male 1/2 marathon
  • 2009 Chicago Inline marathon - 1st place 40 - 45 advanced division
  • 2009 NROC 3rd place overall in season long championship for Advanced masters
  • Numerous indoor medals and trophies.. too many to count here..

Most Memorable Incident: The 1st time I did Northshore, I had no idea what to expect - a lead pack with 50-75 skaters, like no other race ever.. The 2nd time, I did a lot of the pulling up front. We caught the pro women before 1/2 way. The pack was huge (75-100 skaters)!

What do you get from Skating: Skating was the catalyst that helped me quit smoking, lose around 50 lbs, I've never been more fit in my life because of it. The level of fitness required to do this sport well goes way beyond any other sport I've ever been involved in. And I love the friends I've made in the sport.

Would like to do this Year in Skating: Work, and other priorities have kept me from the # of events this year. I want to do Northshore!

Coolest Accomplishment: related to skating.. 3rd place in the NROC championship for 2009.

Other Sports/Hobbies you Enjoy: Golf, Playing guitar

Favorite skating gadget/tool: My GPS I use for training.

Mentors: Renee Coffman - She is way cool and has done nothing but help me expand my love for this sport.

Helpful advice to other skaters/ Beginners: Lower your expectations when you first start skating. improvements come with practice, not with motivation. Have fun! You are going to fall down, so stop worrying about it, because it makes you a slower skater.

Favorite Quote: "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money." - Margaret Thatcher