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Skate of the Union - Friday Night Skate

What to Expect

Fun is what you can expect from the Friday Night Skate. If you are an intermediate street skater you can make friends and enjoy a supportive environment as you start to get comfortable with this enjoyable activity. To accommodate as many levels as possible, there are many regroup points so that slower skaters can keep up, and faster skaters have a long time to take breaks and talk, or skate extra.

Note for new skaters

:  We skate downhill on 15th Street at the very start of the skate.

If you prefer not to start the skate on an incline

you can meet us at the National Archives, between 7th and 9th on Pennsylvania, at 7:15. We'll be there, but please try and email ([masked]) us ahead of time so that we can be certain to pick you up.


We're back to our classic skate, but with a couple of changes to get us back to Penn Quarter for dinner afterwards. URL: FNS Map 4/11/14
Here's the route:

7:15 White House to 15th & Penn.
7:20 Pennsylvania to Archives at 7th & Penn.  Pick up novice skaters.
Pennsylvania to Capital.  Group up.
Capital to Native American Museum
To Air and Space Museum
To Washington Monument via Jefferson Drive.  Group up at benches.
Around North side of Washington Monument
To North boulevard next to Reflecting Pool
To Lincoln Memorial.  Group up at benches.
Ohio Drive to Hains Point. 
Advanced skaters go around HP twice.
Others go around once, or not at all.
Ohio drive back to Lincoln Memorial.  Group up.
Lincoln to Einstein Memorial at 22nd and Constitution.
C street to Robert Latham Owen Fountain (may not be on yet), 20th & C
Through Owen Fountain to Virginia Ave.
Virginia Ave. to Simon Bolivar Memorial, 18th & C (on left)

C Street sidewalk (against traffic) to Ellipse.
North Ellipse to 15th & Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania to Freedom Plaza/DC map.
Pennsylvania to Navy Memorial and Archives at 7th & Penn.
Eat in Penn Quarter

Skate back to White House with anyone who parked there instead of near Archives.

What skill level is this skate?

Not all beginners will be ready for this skate! Although it is mostly flat, there is a downhill right at the start in the bike path on 15th St - you can skip that by meeting us at the National Archives, 7th and Penn. 

Even if you skip that downhill start, you must be able to maintain a controlled speed and be able to stop at a red light.  You should have mastered at least two kinds of braking (e.g., heel braking, T-stopping, power slides, snowplowing, etc.) and be able to brake on an incline of at least 5-degrees.  We encourage skaters who would like to work on these skills to attend our free lessons in Rock Creek Park.

Street skating requires more skill than trail skating.  While balance and steering techniques are essentially the same, skating in city streets and in potentially dangerous environments requires a higher competency. Like driving, you must be constantly searching for hazards and obstacles and be prepared to react by turning, stopping and avoiding.

The Pace

While some choose to skate fast, the pace is relaxed with frequent breaks give it a leisurely feel.  Frequent regrouping and stops keep the group together and can accommodate most intermediate skaters. It is a social event so spend some time meeting and making friends at each stopping point.


More info: Weekly Skates.

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  • Krista Heubusch S.

    We have a skater who is planning to participate in the FNS & is staying at the Hampton Inn in Chantilly. Is there anyone who can give him a ride after the skate?

    June 26, 2014

  • Bill

    Disco Cart will stick with the DC-ICE kids if the skaters split into two groups.

    June 26, 2014

  • Maureen H.

    For this special skate, we'll have one route alteration. We'll head down Madison instead of Jefferson. We'll also have two leaders to break off for shorter routes, for the kids and beginners. We'll finish at Teaism, Penn Quarter (8th & D), which is staying open an hour late for our group and offering a 10% discount for skaters and their families. Looking forward to skating with you on Friday!

    June 26, 2014

  • Bill

    This is listed as an event for Skate Of The Union Racing Weekend. We are expecting the skaters from DC-ICE and some out-of-town racers to join us for the Monument Loop. That means it will be even more fun than the usual Friday Skate. To pile on more excitement, I will bring the Disco Cart (unless the weather forecast won't cooperate).

    June 24, 2014

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