Skate Boston 2017 is happening!
September 21-24
No registration fee!
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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.

Most of our skates will begin at Statler Park (map), a tiny patch of grass just outside the entrance of the Boston Park Plaza. Please read details for each skate.

If you get lost, you can see live tracking of each skate here.

Thursday

7:30 PM - "THuROsDay Night Skate" led by Nevo

Our first skate starts at the Hatch Shell - four blocks from Boston Park Plaza - where our weekly Tuesday Night Skates depart. Join local skaters for a taste of our Boston Tuesday Night Skate. We'll stop for a special reception at THuROShop, the ultimate skate shop on the east coast. You'll get treats, discounts, stickers and expert advice. Official water stop. If you shop, we'll arrange for delivery of your treasures back to the hotel. 12.04 miles.

Route Map

Friday

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - "Skate IA Camp Skills Clinic" led by Trish and Sonic

Special Price: $50 whole day of instruction (value $85) - 142 Memorial Way in Cambridge

Register here.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Registration, waivers, wristbands, goodies, and t-shirts in the Park Plaza lobby

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM - "Light up the Night!" led by Mitchell

Leaves from Statler Park, next to the host hotel. See the Boston you will never notice during the day. 15.71 miles.

Late arrivals: The Commonwealth Mall, Commonwealth Ave, anywhere between Hereford St and Dartmouth St at approximately 7:30 (from the hotel: go 3 blocks on St James, then turn right and go 3 blocks on Dartmouth). Even better, don't be a late arrival!

Route Map

9:45 PM - Dinner at Rock Bottom

One block from the hotel, we'll skate up and take our skates off before going in. We have a reserved room for 50! Please be there on time! Order off the menu, with separate checks. There are vegan and vegetarian options.

Saturday

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Registration, waivers, wristbands, goodies, and t-shirts in the Park Plaza lobby

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Rollerblade 10K Race

Start at the Esplanade Playspace. More info.

10:20 AM - 12:45 PM - "Higher Learning" led by Joel

Start at Statler Park. A 12.4 mile tour of a few of Boston's neighborhoods and colleges. See the famous campuses of Boston and the historical sites along the way. 12.46 miles.

Recommend bringing shoes or flip flips or lunch attire.

Late arrivals: Meet at Clarendon St and Chandler St at approximately 10:35, 2 miles into the route. Even better, don't be a late arrival!

Route Map

12:45 - 1:45 - Lunch at Faneul Hall and Quincy Market

All meet up at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market for food and fun.

2:00 - 5:30 - "Street Treats" led by Mark

Skate will leave from the arch at Faneuil Hall and pick up skaters at the hotel at 2:10. 11-13 miles.

Route Map

7:00 PM - Fire and Ice

Two blocks from the Park Plaza. We have reservations for 50, please be there on time! All you can eat for $25 including tax and tip. Pay per person or per couple at the event. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM - "Get Funked Up!"

Chez Vous Roller Rink - bring on the Funk!

Take a Lyft (discount code "Phineas3" good for $25 for first time riders) to the most righteously hip roller rink in Boston - Chez Vous! Special discount for Skate Boston participants when you wear your event wristband.

More info

Sunday

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Registration, waivers, and t-shirts in the Park Plaza lobby

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM - "Parks and Recreation" led by Colleen

See over 20 parks and recreational areas along the Esplanade. 10.56 miles.

Route Map

Skate will lead to the CambridgeSkateFest where you can stay or skate back to the hotel for checkout at 1:00 PM.

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Cambridge SkateFest

More info here: cambridgeskatefest.com

2:00 - 3:30 PM - "Innovation Skatecation" led by Michael

Starts at Statler Park. See the Seaport, South Boston and the newest, fastest-growing hot spot - Fort Point.

Other Weekend Events

Boston Film Festival

Phantom Gourmet Food Festival

Copenhagen Beer Festival Boston

What the Fluff? (Somerville Fluff Festival)

Hotel

Our host hotel is the newly renovated Boston Park Plaza, in the heart of Boston.

Just one block from the Boston Common and walking distance to the Seaport, Newbury Street shopping, Faneuil Hall, and the historic Freedom Trail.

Room Rates:

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.

First time LYFT users get $25 in credit by using the code Phineas3 when downloading the app.

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.