SkateDC with the Washington Area Roadskaters

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.

Check Meetup.com for upcoming events, subscribe to the Google Forum for updates, and discuss your ideas in our Facebook group.

Also check out our video archive page.

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

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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.

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

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.

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

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 many WAR members participating. Some skaters travelled from other cities and joined us in DC for the Sunday skate.

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.