Speed Skating

There are a variety of competitive and non-competitive speed skating disciplines, including both ice and inline, that are practiced by many athletes in the Northwest.  Speed skating can be a rewarding sport for both young and old, novice and expert alike.  There are plenty of local opportunities for all ages and skill levels.  If you are interested in giving it a try, please contact one of the clubs listed on the right.  You can also use the SkateNW forum for more advice on what would be best for you.

Inline Speed Skating


Indoor Inline Speed Skating

Indoor inline speed skating occurs most often on a wooden floor.  The 100m track is delineated by four cones set in a slight parallelogram.  Indoor races are pack style.  The winner is not necessarily the fastest skater, but instead the one that crosses the finish line first.  Individual races consist of a short, middle, and long distance defined by the age category of the competitors.  Generally, these distances fall between 500m and 3000m, but other distances may be raced in special circumstances.  Skaters also compete in relays.  Most frequently these are composed of 2 men, 2 women, 1 man and 1 woman, 4 men, 4 women, or 2 men and 2 women per team.  Indoor speed skating is practiced predominantly in the United States.  Strategy and race style in indoor inline speed is most closely related to short track ice speed skating.  Indoor was originally raced on quad speed skates.  Inline speed skates, introduced in the early 90s, proved to be much faster than quads and eventually they became the standard equipment.

Outdoor Track Inline Speed Skating

Track skating most often occurs on a 200m or 300m banked cement track or flat cement track.  The races are pack style with the first skater across the finish line winning.  Individual 300m time trials are also run.  In this case, the skater with the fastest time wins.  Track skating is practiced all over the world.  Most international-level inline speed skating competitions occur on an outdoor track.  The distances generally fall between 500m and 3000m.  There are only a few banked inline tracks in the US so it is currently not widely practiced in the Northwest.

Road Racing

Inline road races occur at a variety of distances.  Common events range from 5k to 42k (26.2 mile marathon).  However, there are several ultra-marathon distance races 100k or greater in length.  These races are mass start.  The starts are sometimes staggered by ability to prevent crowding on the line.  Each skater is timed and the results are generally based on overall time within age groups.  Road races are exciting because they introduce an element of unknown as each course and surface is different.  Much of the skating is done in a pace line and the strength of your pack as a whole can significantly affect the finishing time of any given individual.  Road racing is common all over the world and many international-level competitions include a marathon distance race.  Road racing is often practiced by recreational skaters and competitive speed skaters alike so it is a great place for beginning speedskaters to start.  Check out the SkateNW calendar and the 'Events and Results' page for announcements of upcoming events.

Ice Speed Skating


Short Track Speed Skating

Short track speed skating occurs on a 111m track that can easily fit into most hockey-sized rinks.  It is oval in shape and delineated by a series of about 9 blocks on the inner border of the rounded ends of the track.  The races are pack-style and the first skater across the line wins.  The distances are generally between 500m and 3000m.  Relays are run with teams of 4 men or 4 women.  Short track speed skating is practiced all over the world and is currently a sport included in the Olympic Games.

Long Track Ice Speed Skating

Long track speed skating occurs on a 400m indoor or outdoor ice track.  A variety of races are held on this venue.  In Olympic-style speed skating two skaters compete at one time.  Each skater is timed and the skater with the fastest overall time wins.  In many Olympic-style races, the results of all distances are combined to determine the overall winner.  In single distance races, placements are awarded for each distance.  In many amateur level long track races a pack style start is often used with the first skater to cross the line winning.  Marathon (42k) races are also held with dozens of skaters racing at the same time.  The first skater to finish wins.  The strategy of these distance races is very similar to that of inline road racing.  Until the 2010 Olympics Northwest Speedskaters will have limited access to the 400m oval in Richmond BC.  Check their website for specific availability.

Local Inline Clubs

Auburn Skate Club

Rink: Auburn Skate Connection (Auburn, WA)


Coeur d' Alene Inline Speed Team

Rink: Skate Plaza (Coeur d' Alene, ID)

N 5685 Pioneer Drive
Coeur d' Alene, Id 83816


Everett Speed Skate

Rink: Everett Skate Deck (Everett, WA)


Bremerton Bullets

Rink: Skateland

1770 NE Fuson Rd
Bremerton, WA 98311

Centralia Skate Club

Centralia Rollerdome
216 West Maple
Centralia, WA 98531


GSW Racing

Gresham Skate World
1200 NE Kelly Ave
Gresham, OR 97030


Rink: Pattison's North (Spokane, WA)


Team Extreme

Rink: Pattison's West (Federal Way, WA)


Team Lightning Inline Speed Team (formerly Lynnwood Speed Team)

Rink: Lynnwood Bowl & Skate (Lynnwood, WA)

This is a great group for people who are just beginning indoor speed or for those who are interested in indoor speed for fitness.


Team Oaks

Rink: Oaks Skating Rink (Portland, OR)


Team X

Post Falls, ID


Tiffany's Speed Team

Rink: Tiffany's Skate Inn (Puyallup, WA)


Vancouver Torrent

City: (Greater Vancouver, BC)

This is a club formed by a group of Vancouver speed skaters.

Local Ice Clubs

Rink: Kensington Arena, 6159 Curtis Street, Burnaby, BC


Cascade Speed Skating Club

Rink: Everett Events Center (Everett, WA)


Lane Speedskating Club

Rink: Lane Events Center (Eugene, OR)

Contact Arnie Goodman arniegood@att.net 541*686*9011


Mountain View Speedskating Club

Rink: Mountainview Ice Arena


Puget Sound Speedskating Club

Rink: Puget Sound Hockey Center (Tacoma, WA)

Valley Speedskating Club

Rink: Planet Ice (Spokane, WA)

Contact: Sara Stinnett 208*664*0343
Rink: Kitsilano Community Centre in Vancouver, BC -- 2690 Larch Street


Whatcom Speed Skating Club

Rink: Sportsplex (Bellingham, WA)