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What is Skate Boston?

Skate Boston is an annual weekend inline skating event organized by the Inline Club of Boston. Enjoy multiple skate routes through our historic city, escorted by members of National Skate Patrol. There will be group lunches and dinners, providing an opportunity for skaters to socialize. Skaters of intermediate, advanced, and expert levels are encouraged to participate!

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 skate is scheduled to leave.

Thursday

7:00 PM - Early Bird, No Sag Wagon

Led by Neil. (15 miles)

Friday

3:00 PM - Early Bird "Five Footbridge" Skate, No Sag Wagon

Led by Mark. A skate through Boston and Cambridge neighborhoods near the Charles River. Gentle hills, low street traffic and lots of footbridges. (8 miles)

6:15 PM - Mini Skate Workshop - Improved Strides

A free 30 minute skating skills workshop with Sonic. Meet in the Hayword Street parking lot across the street from the Mariott.

6:45 PM - Skate Patrol Meeting

All NSP Members

7:00 PM - Friday Night Skate

Led by Neil. Skate through Allston, Watertown, Belmont, and Cambridge. (17 miles)

10:00 PM - Dinner and drinks

Firebrand Saints, a block from the hotel.

Saturday

9:45 AM - Mini Skate Workshop - Introduction to Backwards Skating

A free 30 minute skating skills workshop with Sonic. Meet in the Hayword Street parking lot across the street from the Mariott.

10:30 AM - Saturday Morning Skate

Led by Mitchell. The Saturday morning skate route will be 13 miles featuring downtown Boston and Charlestown. The route will take us past historic sites: Haymarket, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, Old Ironsides; modern curiosities: Chinatown, Boston Common and the Public Garden, Downtown Crossing, the Esplanade including the Hatch Shell, the Navy Yard, Bunker Hill Community College, TD Garden (home of the Celtics and Bruins) and lots of other random sights. The route will be very flat but please come prepared to skate a wide variety of surfaces. (12-16 miles)

It will end at Northpoint Park for lunch at 1:00.

10:30 AM - Saturday Morning Fast Skate

Led by Kent. A faster-paced skate through many different neighborhoods of Boston. This skate will have fewer, shorter stops than the other skates and will not have a sag wagon. (22-25 miles)

Picnic Lunch

Details TBA

2:15 PM - Mini Skate Workshop - Crossovers and Underpushing

A free 30 minute skating skills workshop with Sonic. Meet at the picnic area after lunch.

3:00 PM - Saturday Afternoon "See the Sights" Skate

Led by Joel. Enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Boston including the North End (Italian)/Old North Church, Financial District, Fort Point/Convention Center, Southie, The South End, Copley Square, Fenway, Back Bay and Oliver Smoot. (14-16 miles)

7:30 PM - Dinner buffet

$44 per person ($55 after July 10). Buffet at Meadhall, just a block from the hotel. Sign up for the dinner when you register for Skate Boston.

Diners get:

  • Hummus and Chips Appetizers
  • Salad
  • One of:
    • Dinner entree
    • Burger and 1 beer
  • Dessert Milk Stout Cookies or Canolli

If you tell us at registration which entree you want, we can pre-order and ensure you get served faster. The list of entrees is on Meadhall's menu

Sunday

9:15 AM - Mini Skate Workshop - Parallel Turn Stops

A free 30 minute skating skills workshop with Sonic. Meet in the Hayword Street parking lot across the street from the Mariott.

10:00 AM - Sunday Morning "Camberville Crawl" Skate

Led by Julie and Nancy. Wander along with us through new and old neighborhoods of Cambridge and Somerville. Lots of time along the Charles River too. (10-12 miles)

Picnic Lunch

Details TBA

1:30 PM - Sunday Afternoon "Can't Stop Skating" Skate (No Sag Wagon)

Led by Neil. (8 to 10 miles)

Other Weekend Events

WGBH Craft Beer Fest

Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour

Outside the Box Free Weekend Concerts

Hotel

We are again at the Boston Marriott Cambridge hotel for an excellent rate of $239/night! This rate is valid from July 15 to July 17. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer, please call Marriott Reservations directly to find out if you can get the discounted group rate for those dates. Rooms must be booked by June 27 to quality for the group rate.

We have a block of rooms reserved at this rate until June 27, 2016. Please make reservations online by clicking here to use the Skate Boston discount code. You will be directed to the Marriott's home page with the correct dates and Skate Boston group discount showing.

Once the room block is full, the discount rate cannot be guaranteed, and will be subject to availability. Please call Marriott Central Reservations at 1-888-236-2427 with any questions.

The hotel includes a pool, fitness center, roof-top garden, a subway stop in front of the hotel (Red Line/Kendall Square), many close restaurants, and two subway stops to Hardvard Square or Downtown Boston.

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.) Please see the list of recommended skating skills for the Sunday Morning City Skate on the ICB website.

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.

Although we will provide a "sag wagon" with snacks and water on all skates, we recommend carrying your own water bottle. Don't forget sunscreen/sunglasses (Boston can get HOT in July!) and 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.

What if I get tired and cannot complete a skate?

We will have a "sag wagon" following skaters on all routes to provide rides to those who are tired or injured. There will be a skate leader, as well as a sweep at the back of all skates -- we will make sure that nobody is left behind. Members of the National Skate Patrol will also assist with skates and can direct you to the nearest subway or bus stop if necessary.

Are there social activities at night?

After the Friday night skate, there will be an informal gathering at a local bar/restaurant. There is also a Saturday night dinner at Meadhall, which is near the hotel. Both dinners are a great way to get to know other participants "off-skates". The more the merrier -- we hope you will attend! Sign up for Saturday's dinner when you register. Friday's dinner is not included in the registration fee.

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.

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.