A couple hundred athletes from around the world are competing in the Thursday, Friday and Saturday event, including 75 Minnesotans. According to MPR, the 400-meter track starts by the Cathedral of Saint Paul and ends near the Kellogg Boulevard onramp to I-35E. It includes jumps, sharp turns and steep sloopes. Skaters can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.
KARE's Sky 11 captured aerial video (above) of practice runs Thursday morning in St. Paul.
KSTP posted video (above) of the course through a competitor's eyes.
KSTP also has video (above) of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman testing out the track. Despite a few falls, he made it down the course successfully.
The Pioneer Press reports as many as 75,000 spectators are expected to checkout the 2012 World Championship race Saturday night in St. Paul. Admission is free to attend.