Skate Boston 2018 is happening!
September 27-30
No registration fee!
Reserve your room for Skate Boston! Rooms are going fast and our group rate disappears on August 27.
Preorder your Skate Boston 2018 T-Shirts! Only $15!
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What is Skate Boston?

Skate Boston is an annual weekend inline skating event sponsored by ThuroShop (receive 10% off anything from ThuroShop over the weekend). Enjoy multiple skate routes through our historic city, escorted by members of National Skate Patrol. Skaters of intermediate, advanced, and expert levels are encouraged to participate in this free event!

Due to the challenges of urban skating, this event is not designed for beginners. However, novice skaters are invited to participate in separate instructional workshops and beginner social skates hosted by the Inline Club of Boston throughout the year. This weekend attracts many skaters from Boston, other U.S. cities, Canada, and around the world!

Schedule

Group-up is 30 minutes before each schedule skate or event.

Skates start from the hotel parking lot (map). Please read details for each skate.

If you're coming by public transport, take the Red Line to Central Square and walk or skate a few blocks to the hotel.

Thursday

Thursday Night - "THuROsDay Night Skate" led by Juliane and Gabe

Juliane Santos and Gabe Holm lead a skate to our local skate shop where you’ll enjoy a 10% discount on skates, parts, and gear. If you shop, we'll arrange for delivery of your treasures back to the hotel on Friday. 12-15 miles, mostly flat.

Friday

Friday Afternoon - Skate IA Slalom and Skills Workshop led by Sonic

Friday Night Skate - "Captain America Skate" led by Mark

Mark Stallard leads the Captain America Skate (in honor of Neil Wetzler and his favorite skate garb). Wear your red, white, and blue and your stars and stripes.

Neil Wetzler

After the skate, join us for the Neil Wetzler trivia contest (prizes TBA).

Saturday

Saturday Morning Skate - "Upham's Corner" led by Nevo

15-17 miles. A rare route from Neil to the Dudley Street / Upham's Corner area.

Saturday Afternoon Skate - Led by Michael

More details coming soon!

Sunday

Sunday Morning Skate - Led by Julie

More details coming soon!

Sunday Afternoon Skate - Slalom and Skate TDB

More details coming soon!

Hotel

The 2018 hotel is the Courtyard Boston Cambridge, right along the Charles River. Make your hotel reservation by August 27 to get the discounted group rate of $239 per night. Rooms are going fast and the group rate disappears on August 27!

Book your room through this link to receive our group rate.

Parking is $20 per day with a reservation (the reservation page says parking is $42 a day, but it really is $20 a day!). Wi-Fi is free in the hotel.

Please call the hotel directly if you have any issues or concerns: (617) 492-7777

Cambridge Mariott Courtyard
777 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA

FAQ

What level of skating ability is required to participate in this event?

Skate Boston is designed for intermediate to advanced level skaters. We will be skating in city streets, so you must be comfortable skating in a large group with traffic. Participants must be able to control speed (including on hills), have strong stopping and turning skills, and be comfortable with varied terrain (rough pavement/pot holes/jumping on and off curbs, etc.)

Is there any special equipment that I will need?

Helmets and wristguards are required for all skates, as well as blinking lights for night skates. Elbow and knee pads are also advised. Light-colored or reflective clothing is recommended for night skates.

Be sure to bring your own water and snacks for during the skates. Don't forget sunscreen/sunglasses and to pack layers, as New England weather can change quickly.

Can cyclists participate in this event?

Bicyclists are welcome on all routes, but must ride ahead or behind of the skating pack, as skaters kick out to the side.

Are skate ski poles allowed on the skates?

No. Skate ski poles will not be allowed on the skates, as they pose a hazard to people skating/biking closely together in a group environment.

Will there be a SAG wagon this year?

No. We have made Skate Boston a free event. Public transportation is widely available for skaters who need a break. We also have plentiful Lyft and Uber service available.

Sponsors

A huge thanks to our sponsors who help make Skate Boston happen.

Photos

Check out photos from previous years on our Facebook page.

Other Questions?

Have questions about the event? Contact the Skate Boston organizers at skateboston@icloud.com.