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ATT No-drop Trail Skate in Durham

  • Nov 19, 2011 · 10:15 AM
  • American Tobacco Trail (ATT)

This is a no-drop skate open to all skaters and we skate at a speed that everyone is comfortable with, so beginners are encouraged to attend.

We skate on the American Tobacco Trail (ATT), which is built on an old railroad bed that is relatively flat and straight. Any hills are very gradual, although a couple are long enough that you can pick up some speed. Moderate braking skills are required. Let us know if you need some braking tips.

As with all our group skates, helmets are required. Wrist guards, elbow and knee pads are recommended. You should also bring water or a sports beverage for hydration.

The ATT is about 6.5 miles from end-to-end and we skate out-and-back for a total distance of 13 miles. Since you can turn around at any point, let us know if you're not comfortable with this distance.

Directions to the starting location - Southpoint Crossing Shopping Center. Note that we meet in the parking lot directly in front of the Souper Salad, NOT the detached parking lot directly adjacent to Fayetteville St.

Here is a link to a map that very precisely shows where we park our cars, the starting point of the trail, the route, and the ending point of the trail where we typically turn around and head back.

We'll meet at 10:15am and start skating by 10:30am. If you can't arrive early, please try to gear up as quickly as you can when you arrive.

In the event of questionable weather we will make a go/no-go call 90 minutes before the scheduled start so check the Meetup site after 8:30am.

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  • Simon

    A splendid event. Well attended, and great weather too!

    November 20, 2011

  • Jim H.

    We had an amazing time today. Really appreciated the time David took to help us with the basics. I got a really good work out and had a lot of fun. Nice group of people. Was good to meet the other skaters and we had such great weather. See you next time.

    November 19, 2011

  • Simon

    Weather looks great... See you all soon!

    November 19, 2011

  • Simon

    15 for skating tomorrow: That is amazing! With such a diverse group I'm hoping to arrive early so that new skaters can get the chance to practice a little in the parking lot. I'm happy to provide guidance, as I'm sure some of the regulars are too. So I'll aim to arrive at around 10am, giving us a good 30 minutes before we hit the trail. If you decide not to come, please take the time to change your RSVP, since I'll be checking people off the list before we depart. Thanks, and see you tomorrow!

    November 18, 2011

  • Jerry C.

    I skated at the Durham school of arts track today for the first time. This is in downtown Durham next to Bright leaf square. It is a perfect place for working on form, drafting and cornering. If anyone is interested it would be great to get more people out for something like this.

    November 13, 2011

  • Simon

    I am glad to see that we have a large and diverse group. When this happens it's easy for us to divide into smaller groups of different speeds, distances and abilities. As stated in the description, everyone's abilities will be accommodated! Thanks for making this event a success!

    November 10, 2011

  • Simon

    Once we start on the trail we shall be taking it as slowly as necessary to ensure that everyone is comfortable. This is a no-drop event so please rest assured that everyone's skill level will be considered and nobody will be left behind. Just please remember to bring your helmets, wrist guards, and drinks, since skating can be very thirsty work. I have a Camelbak Rogue ( 2 hour pack, which comes highly recommended.

    November 9, 2011

  • Simon

    Seeing that this event is on a Saturday morning we will have plenty of time and won't be racing to get back before the sun goes down! Before we start out on the trail we can spend some time practicing any technique people are interested in. Braking is a rather important skill that everyone must be confident in executing!

    November 9, 2011

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