Waco: Skaters race at annual Gnarathon competition

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) More than 90 skaters from all around Central Texas came to Waco to compete at the seventh Gnarathon race over the weekend.

(Photo by: Nestor Montoya)

Event organizer Ryan Richbourg said the race bonds the skating community.

"We share this common passion that's downhill skateboarding, and it kind of brings everybody together," said Richbourg.

Skaters raced down the .3 mile course at Cameron Park filled with hairpin turns reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.

David Laurent has competed at Gnarathon for four years.

He said participating is something he looks forward to every year.

"It's indescribable. I love it more than most things in life," said Laurent.

Spectators lined the street, and watched as racers sped down the course.

Most skaters completed the course successfully, but some fell off their boards and were immediately treated by a medic team.

"Wiping out and falling down is a right of passage, but it's more about getting back on the board and going at it again," said Laurent.

The winner of this year's Gnarathon took home $1,000 and bragging rights.