• Tuesday After Work Intermediate Skate
    Frequent attendees are Nora Kennedy and Gary Henson, and can be contacted for questions.

    East Potomac Golf Course

    972 Ohio Dr SW · Washington, DC

  • Wed Night Advanced Skate
    Fast pace, big hills, heavy traffic, 10-15 miles. Rest stops periodically. Lots of different routes. The most social advanced skate. A skater should be able to maintain a moderately fast pace of 10-15 miles per hour. Because of Washington's hilly terrain, one 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 a hill of at least 30-degrees before participating. Some skates will go down very long, windy hills with lead skaters reaching speeds of 30 mph or more. Maneuverability on hills and control at all times is very important as the skate travels on roadways which contain hazards, such as cars, bad pavement, pedestrians and other skaters. The ability to stop or avoid obstacles is critical. Please see the description under Weekly Skates (http://www.skatedc.org/Weekly-Skates) for further details. Click here for our weather policy (http://www.skatedc.org/weather-policy) RSVP is appreciated but not required... many people attend who do not rsvp.

    The White House

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. · Washington, DC

  • Thursday After Work Intermediate Skate
    Frequent attendees are Nora Kennedy and Gary Henson, and can be contacted for questions.

    East Potomac Golf Course

    972 Ohio Dr SW · Washington, DC

  • 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 usually skate downhill on 15th Street at the very start of the skate. • If you prefer not to start the skate on a long incline you can meet us at the National Archives, between 7th and 9th on Pennsylvania Ave, at 7:15. We'll be there, but please try and contact us ahead of time so that we can be certain to meet you. 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, which makes this an intermediate level. If you are a beginner you can skip the hill by meeting us at the National Archives, 7th and Penn. For beginners that skip the 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 (http://www.skatedc.org/free-lessons). 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, don't feel bad for skating at the back of the group or taking your time. 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 fast skaters can spend some time meeting and making friends at each stopping point. The Standard Route URL: FNS Map 4/11/14 (https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=205005683785731620726.0004f6b83de2e499cb0e8&msa=0&ll=38.893738,-77.043874&spn=0.003703,0.007237) Here's the route: 7:15 White House to 15th & Penn. 7:20 Pennsylvania to Archives at 7th & Penn. (If arranged, 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. ≈9:00 Eat in Penn Quarter ≈10:00 Skate back to White House with anyone who parked there instead of near Archives. More info: Weekly Skates (http://www.skatedc.org/Weekly-Skates). Click here for our weather policy (http://www.skatedc.org/weather-policy) RSVP is appreciated but not required... many people attend who do not rsvp.

    White House [Lafayette Park].

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue [Few blocks from Farragut North and Farragut West] · Washington, DC

  • Saturday Skate at Hains Point
    This is an un-moderated event. The time is set so that people can find each other if you want to skate together. Meetup time is 11:00 AM for the summer. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNERS SKATE! At a minimum, you MUST already be able to maintain a forward motion, control your speed, and know how to stop. Primarily for inline skaters (rollerblades) but quad skaters are welcome too as long as you understand the particularly higher challenge of pavement over a rink surface for a quad skater. This skate is mostly for getting some skating exercise in a park setting. It's a relatively flat circle that can become more challenging with a strong wind. We frequently break into two or more groups based on speed, and re-group along the way. It's not a race, you can do as many laps as you want at whatever pace you want. Hains Point is actually just the far end of East Potomac Park. There is a 3.2 mile two-lane asphalt paved loop road around the park that is used by skaters, bicyclists, joggers and walkers. It's a great place to do laps on a relatively flat road, and is all low-speed one-way traffic except for Buckeye Drive. Parking is all around. There are restrooms on the route, plus a cafe in the nearby golf club. It appears that all the water fountains are broken, so bring as much water (and any other supplies) as you think you will need. If you are Metro-limited then the best route is via the L'Enfant Plaza station - exit the 9th and D exit, see the map inside the station because there are three different and widely spaced exits. There is a pedestrian walkway over the river along I-395 that leads into the park. It's skateable but there are some steep inclines (and declines) in both directions. Or walk across and use one of the benches along the water to put your skates on and then skate to the Meetup site at the Point. Here's a link to the loop route (includes Google Street View): http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6076415 NEW NEW NEW - THE WHARF JITNEY!!!! You can take The Wharf Jitney from The Wharf development. It crosses the channel between the end of the recreation pier at The Wharf to the new pier at the north end of East Potomac Park. The website says it runs twice an hour, but it is currently running on a meet-demand basis. https://www.wharfdc.com/getting-here/wharf-jitney/ ***************IMPORTANT**************** THIS IS NOT A BEGINNERS SKATE! Safety First! Please know your capabilities and limits. This is a relatively safe course but anything involving wheels on your feet is also relatively dangerous. I wear all the safety gear all the time - helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads and hip protection. Please consider doing the same. Protective gear can be purchased online (inlinewarehouse.com for example - no affiliation or financial interest) or at some of the local sporting goods stores. As a minimum level of protection a helmet and wrist guards are required to participate. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNERS SKATE! At a minimum, you MUST already be able to maintain a forward motion, control your speed, and know how to stop. By participating you agree to assume all risks. The organizer is not responsible for your safety or the prevention of accidents. Parents MUST accompany minor children on the skate route. Parents - if you cannot skate then bring a bicycle. Beginner lessons are available here: http://www.skatedc.org/free-lessons http://www.skatersquest.com ******************************************** Weather policy is generally the same as the WAR guidelines. However, I'll frequently move this event to Sunday if Saturday is too wet. More info: WAR Weekly Skates: (http://www.skatedc.org/Weekly-Skates) WAR Weather Policy: (http://www.skatedc.org/weather-policy) RSVP is appreciated but not required, many people attend who do not RSVP.

    Hains Point Playground @ East Potomac Park

    Ohio Drive SW Tip of peninsula near golf course at 972 Ohio Dr SW · Washington, DC

  • Sunday Intermediate Skate
    NOTICE: SKATING AT 10 AM through September We skate at 10 am during the summer to duck the heat. We go back to 11 am skates in November. Please come out and enjoy the relaxed pace of this intermediate-level, fun-oriented skate. Routes for the intermediate level street skate run about 8-12 miles, and finish at 12. This skate maintains a pace designed to be a workout for an average street skater. The terrain includes some moderate hills such as Capitol Hill and may include high-traffic areas such as Georgetown. There are several stops to regroup and before tricky turns. Difficulty can vary widely depending on the route chosen by the leader. RSVP is appreciated but not required... many people attend who do not rsvp. https://youtu.be/kNRCPV1ylwQ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I

    The White House

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. · Washington, DC

  • Sunday Advanced Skate
    This is an advanced, fast, long-distance, skate of 15-20+ miles, with periodic rest breaks over the course of three hours. It is for skaters who enjoy a fast pace, skating hills, and can navigate in medium traffic. You know who you are. NOTE: Intermediate and Advanced skates are combined from the second Sunday in December through the second Sunday in March. The pace and length of the skate are set by the skate leader based on the skill levels of whoever is skating that day. Please see the description under Weekly Skates (http://www.skatedc.org/Weekly-Skates) for further details. Click here for our weather policy (http://www.skatedc.org/weather-policy) RSVP is appreciated but not required... many people attend who do not rsvp.

    The White House

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. · Washington, DC

  • Tuesday After Work Intermediate Skate
    Frequent attendees are Nora Kennedy and Gary Henson, and can be contacted for questions.

    East Potomac Golf Course

    972 Ohio Dr SW · Washington, DC

  • Wed Night Advanced Skate
    Fast pace, big hills, heavy traffic, 10-15 miles. Rest stops periodically. Lots of different routes. The most social advanced skate. A skater should be able to maintain a moderately fast pace of 10-15 miles per hour. Because of Washington's hilly terrain, one 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 a hill of at least 30-degrees before participating. Some skates will go down very long, windy hills with lead skaters reaching speeds of 30 mph or more. Maneuverability on hills and control at all times is very important as the skate travels on roadways which contain hazards, such as cars, bad pavement, pedestrians and other skaters. The ability to stop or avoid obstacles is critical. Please see the description under Weekly Skates (http://www.skatedc.org/Weekly-Skates) for further details. Click here for our weather policy (http://www.skatedc.org/weather-policy) RSVP is appreciated but not required... many people attend who do not rsvp.

    The White House

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. · Washington, DC

  • Thursday After Work Intermediate Skate
    Frequent attendees are Nora Kennedy and Gary Henson, and can be contacted for questions.

    East Potomac Golf Course

    972 Ohio Dr SW · Washington, DC