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.