SkateDC Weekend Schedule

DC Skates will begin and end at Freedom Plaza, unless otherwise noted. Skates depart 15 minutes after the group-up times.

The Saturday Morning Indian Head Trail skates begin in White Plains, MD

If necessary weather changes and announcements will be posted on the Facebook Event discussion.

Friday, October 1

Friday Night Skate: Monument Loop, with DC-ICE

• 7:00 pm Skate Meets at Freedom Plaza.

Level: 12-mile intermediate skate, with early bailout options.

WAR's traditional FNS will skate by the field of flags Covid memorial (on the National Mall September 17 - October 3). Click here for more information, or to dedicate a flag for a lost loved one.

Bring your lights and see the monuments of DC all lit up at night! We'll warm up with a nice easy skate to the Capitol and skate along the National Mall and museums to the National Monument. We will then head to the Lincoln Memorial through the World War II Memorial. This is a perfect steady 5.5 mile skate for beginners. Those wanting a bit more distance will proceed on to Hains Point with the option to take the 3-mile loop (12 mile total skate) or sit by the water and enjoy the crisp air (8.5 mile total skate). The skate is mostly flat on good pavement with a small slope coming down from the Washington Monument and a 40 yard small slop from the Lincoln to Ohio Drive. Please feel free to jazz up with lights, so you can see and be seen!

Led by: Sharyn

Saturday, October 2

Indian Head Rail Trail - Marathon,
Half-Marathon, 10K, and Fun Skates

with Skater's Quest

Skate Meets in White Plains, MD
• 9:00 am
(check-in)
• 10:00 am
races start

All ability levels

Payment required for the marathon or half-marathon, but no registration or payment required for the 10K or for a fun skate of any distance.

A SkateDC first! We'll have a road trip and a race. Compete in the marathon, half-marathon, or 10K through Skater's Quest, or choose your own distance for a fun out-and-back skate on this smooth, wide trail with natural scenery. The start and finish will be at the White Plains end of the trail, and the turnaround will be determined by your event distance.

So why register?

  • The money goes to support DC-ICE.

  • Finishers will get a medal featuring the SkateDC logo.

  • Top finishers will get prizes.

  • Results will be posted on the Skater's Quest website.

To offer or receive rides to this event, please see the event discussion and stay tuned for updates.

Saturday, October 2

SkateDC Weekend Quad Rollout

• 4:00 pm Skate Meets at Freedom Plaza.

Level: 6-mile beginner skate.

This DC skate route is designed for Quad and beginner inline skaters! Skate downtown DC, including iconic art in Blagden Alley, Chinatown's friendship gate, BLM plaza, and the White House. Snap a photo at an iconic spot, and learn some new moves at the newly-rebuilt Shaw skate park. No dangerous hills, and more good pavement than bad. We'll end the route at a fun bar and restaurant in Dupont Circle.

> Click here to RSVP to this skate on Facebook (link forthcoming)

> Click here for the 2020 route

Led by: David

SUNDAY, October 3

Intermediate/Advanced Skate to Anacostia

• 10:00 am Skate Meets at Freedom Plaza.

Level: 12-mile intermediate skate then optional add-on

After we leave Freedom Plaza, our first stop is at the Capitol. Then we will travel down East Capitol Street to a skate park near RFK stadium. After visiting the park we will travel to the Anacostia Skate Pavilion, for skate dancing and slalom. The intermediate skate will then head back to Freedom Plaza, passing Nationals Stadium en route. The advanced skate will continue to new adventures. Stay tuned for deets!

Led by: Jon (Intermediate) & Chris (Advanced)


Ditching a scheduled skating event? Weather issues? Stop by our many monuments and museums that are FREE to visit!

For reference, the 2019 schedule and routes are at the link here.