May 24, 2013 11:40 AM
Registration is now opened!
February 15, 2013 8:05 PM
Host hotel reservation is now open!
February 10, 2013 9:55 PM
Dates for Skate Boston 2013 posted!
"Skate Boston" is an annual weekend inline skating event organized by the Inline Club of Boston. Enjoy multiple skate routes through our historic city...READ MORE »
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Frequently Asked Questions
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!
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 "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.
Will there be nightly social activities?
After the Friday night skate, there will be an informal gathering at a local bar/restaurant (details to be announced). Participants will "pay-their-own-way" for food or drinks. We are also planning dinner / party at a local restaurant for Saturday night (included in the registration fee). The Saturday night dinner is a great way to get to know other participants "off-skates" and win prizes from our sponsors. The more the merrier--we hope you will attend!
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.