Team Rainbo was founded in 1989 by Cale Carvell. Cale is the former owner of Rainbo Sports Shops Inc., founded in 1956 by his father. Cale took over the shop in 1970. Rainbo was always an innovator and market leader in the world of hockey, figure skating and speed skating.

Cale, a former competitive hockey player, had his first pair of inline skates in the 70’s. He made Rainbo one of first and largest accounts of a fledgling inline skate company called Rollerblade back in 1979. The excitement and growth of the inline skate craze inspired Cale to start Team Rainbo Inline Skate Team in 1989 to further promote the sport and fuel his own passion for skating.

The First Team Rainbo

The very first Team Rainbo.

Since it’s inception, Team Rainbo has played a part in promoting skating as a lifestyle choice both on a recreational level as well as a competitive racing level. Team Rainbo began organizing and running races in 1993, and has led or been a part of hundreds of skating clinics to help make the sport safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

Growing as a team in the early years.

As the team evolved it began to support numerous pro skaters and other races. Team Rainbo was one of the original sponsors of the Duluth Northshore Inline Marathon, inline skating’s most popular race in North America. Rainbo had an indoor racing team, was one of the original sponsors of the National Skate Patrol, had it’s own newsletter, sponsored numerous skating parties and skating social events, ran a national pro event and its members won numerous “skater of the year awards.”

One of our many colorful uniforms over the years.

Team Rainbo has won more team championships at the Duluth Northshore Inline Marathon than any other team. The team and its skaters have been featured and interviewed by numerous tv stations, magazines, and newspapers. Team Rainbo even had two full page stories published in the Chicago Sun Times (with numerous color photos) as well as having skaters on the cover of Windy City Sports magazine.

Racing in Madison, Wisconsin.

Although Cale sold the Rainbo Sports Shop business in 2003, Team Rainbo continues to thrive and do all it can to support the sport of inline skating and participate in events. Interest in the team remains strong and the future looks bright as new members continue to find us and join our group.

Getting it done at the Badger State Games.

The age or speed of a skater never has been, and never will be a factor in being a team member. Although Team Rainbo has had national champions, the only qualification for joining Team Rainbo is enthusiasm, a love of the sport and the willingness to be part of a friendly, fun loving group. Team Rainbo has had members as young as 10 and as old as 72. On Team Rainbo, there is a place for everyone.

Team Rainbo today, bigger and better than ever!

3 thoughts on “History”

  1. A actually great submit by you my friend. We have bookmarked this page and will appear back following several days to examine for any new posts that you simply make.

  2. When i read this im happy that there are such clubs as yours.We have a little club here in Croatia in Europe its called Zagreb.Iv bought skates on ebay shop from cale carver.Now iv read that they where in Montreal my team was in Le Mane but next year if there will not be Le Man my team will try to come to Montreal.Id apreciate any advice in where to get cheaper skates and parts.When do you have your Marathon in Chicago?

  3. Team Rainbow………has the best, friendliest skaters to be in the company of and roll with. I always look forward to seeing, being, skating, competing with them. Margo and Cale have a wonderful family of skaters that inspire so many others to get involved with life’s fun side, the wonderful world of skating.
    We will be in your hood for the Marathon and training with you all in 2011.
    George Quinn is always with me when I skate, it was an honor to know him.
    Seeeeeeee Yaaaaaaaaa

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