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nroclogo240a1Bont Pledges $5000 for NROC Prizes
Money will go to top skaters in pro division

By Planet staff
Thursday, February 14, 2008

bontlogo2Skaters in the inaugural season of the National Roller Cup won't just be competing for bragging rights.

Australian skate maker Bont has rolled up to the starting line with $5000 in seed money for cash prizes.

"Bont wants to support an organization that is willing to get out there and be proactive in trying to increase the numbers of skaters in our sport," said Alexander Bont, the company's international marketing manager.

"We hope NROC grows into something that can rival some of the European cups, and we urge other sponsors in the industry to jump on board."

Bont's seed money will be used as a foundation for NROC's cash purse in the pro division.

"We hope to build on Bont's generous support," said Robert Burnson, publisher of the Inline Planet, which is organizing NROC. "One of our goals is to make NROC attractive to America's top skaters, and we think offering cash prizes definitely helps."

In exchange for its financial support, Bont will be designated as NROC's official wheel sponsor. The skate maker introduced a new wheel this year, the Highroller G4, which it claims is the world's fastest.

Mantia Mania

In other NROC news, Answer Wheels has informed the San Francisco Inline Marathon that world champion Joey Mantia will race in the May 4 event. Mantia, 21, of Olympia, WA, is the world's top inline speed skater. Last year, he won the overall crown at the World Championships and the sprint championship at the Pan American Games.

The San Francisco Inline Marathon is the third event in the NROC series.

What's NROC

NROC is a race series for both pro elite and fitness skaters. Its pro point system, similar to the World Inline Cup's, will rank pro and elite skaters based on their placement in participating races. The NROC Prime system will calculate performance scores for all marathon participants.

The inaugural NROC season starts in one month with the Metrodome Inline Marathon, March 16, in Minneapolis. (Sign up today!)

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Visit the Bont Wheels web site at bontwheels.com

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