Upcoming Special Events! 

  • Halloween Skate
  • Annual Meeting & Potluck Party (Dec 7)
  • National Harbor Skate (Dec 8)

About us

    The Washington Area Roadskaters (WAR) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote safe and enjoyable in-line skating in the Washington, D.C. area. One of the oldest inline skate clubs on the east coast, WAR was founded in 1987 and has had thousands of men and women join its ranks.

    WAR is also a social organization where many strong and lasting friendships are formed. Our members have very diverse career, social, and educational backgrounds. However, we all share a passion for in-line skating. If you are new to the area, are seeking a new form of exercise, or are simply looking to meet new and interesting people, we encourage you to try one of our group skates, meet us, and see D.C. in a whole new way.

    Also check out our video archive page

    Weekly Regular Skates

      Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
     Time 5:45 PM
    7 PM
    5:45 PM
     7 PM1 PM
    11 AM (Summer*)
    11 AM
    10 AM (Summer*)
     Skate After Work SkateWed Night SkateAfter Work SkateFriday Night SkateHains Point SkateIntermediate Skate
     Meets at Hains PointWhite HouseHains PointWhite HouseHains PointWhite House
    Spring->Fall Year-Round Spring->FallSummer*Spring->Fall Year-round 

    • Weekly skates depart 10 minutes after scheduled starting times (unless cancelled by inclement weather)
    • * Summer dates are Memorial Day through September 31

    Special Annual Events

    The Inaugural Sunday Skate happens in April to mark the beginning of DC's Skating season.  Winter is over, so put on your wheels! Also first brewery visit where we review T-shirt ideas and Skate DC weekend details.

    Skate of the Union weekend offers recreational skating events, amateur and elite-level timed races, skate boarding, and participants are 
     to achieve their peak potential with the spirit of the Olympics. 

    Halloween Skate means putting on a costume and rolling around to find the popular hot spots and be part of the fun.

    The WAR Potluck and Annual Meeting is held towards the end of the year. Last year it was held at Jon Deason’s townhouse in Rosslyn, Virginia.  Dozens attended the party where beer and wine were enjoyed and the food was delicious.  WAR business includes electing the board and establishing the schedule for the next year.
    Skate DC Weekend is especially fantastic. We normally have over 100 participants, many from out-of-town, pleasant weather, and a fabulous time.  Skate routes vary from casual to advanced with technical hills, and often include stops for scenery and beer along the way.

    Baltimore Skate Weekend showcases the unexpected gems that Baltimore has to offer, and a great time can be had affordably.  WAR sponsors it with help from local skaters.  Last Skate Baltimore Weekend's extravaganza was a huge success! 

    The Eastern Shore Skate is held in the autumn. The last one was led by Mo and it turned out to be a terrific event, with perfect weather and 17 WAR members participating.  Many also add on DC skating events.