The Fall Festival of Leaves may be a week away, but Bainbridge will be a hot spot this weekend for another annual spectacle that attracts daring sports enthusiasts from around the world.

Posted: October 9, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Boarding, Street Luge
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Soldiers of Downhill, a downhill skating and street luge event, returns for a fourth year. The performance draws dozens of racers and a fair share of onlookers to Jester Hill Road, a hill whose speed and narrow turns have made it famous to downhill skaters and lugers the world over.

Observers are welcome to watch the thrill-seekers traveling the 1.3-mile course at speeds approaching 70 mph. Practice runs are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday to prepare for the luge races, which are from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by the skateboard race, which is from 2 to 5:30 p.m. The largest crowds gather at the s-curves, known among riders as the “chicanes.”

Observers should bring chairs. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served throughout the two-day event, with proceeds benefiting the Bainbridge Community Center.

People travel from as far as Ontario, California, Quebec and Peru to race the course, which is known for its narrow, unforgiving turns and the deep embankment along its left edge that makes it seem even more daunting.

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