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New skateboard race set to hit Nevada City street Saturday

Teresa Yinmeng Liu
Staff Writer

A crew of Sacramento-spawned skateboarders will bring their favorite sport to Nevada City this Saturday with a race to benefit Pioneer Park.

"I did it in Nevada City, simply because one, they have the Soapbox Derby on the hill, and they were already having events," said Martin Radan, a member of N-Men. "So I thought it would be a good place to have a skateboarding event as well."

The competition, termed 2016 Gold Rush Classic Skateboard Race, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the park, located at 421 Nimrod St.

Members of N-Men stake out parts of the tree-lined Nimrod Street as their arena for the race. During the competition, several blocks of Nimrod Street would be closed off to traffic.

N-Men stands for northern California men, Radan said. The group was formed in the 1970s by a rowdy group of teenagers who scouted Sacramento for empty pools.

"We started skateboarding back in about '74, and haven't stopped skating," Radan said.

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Radan said the competition at the Gold Rush Classic would be similar to alpine skiing events such as the giant slalom.

"We go down the hill. We have to go through cones, and it's timed," Radan said. "Whoever gets there the fastest, without hitting any cones or missing a gate, is the winner."

Racers will be separated into four classes by age groups. The junior class will include anyone 17 or younger. The "open" category will consist of racers 18 and older. Racers aged 45 and older will be sorted into the master class. There will also be a group for women skateboarders of all ages, Radan said.

Sign-ups will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. at the day of the event. It costs $50 to register for the open, master and women groups, and $25 for juniors.

The event is free for onlookers. All proceeds will be used to cover race expenses and donated to Pioneer Park.

"There is no limit to where you come from, a lot of people are coming up from Los Angeles, some are coming down from Oregon," Radan said. "They are coming from all over the state to partake in this event, I expect maybe we will see, 25-30 races, and I'm expecting more spectators than riders."

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email tliu@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4236.

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