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Alaska Speedskating Club

Long Track

Long Track Speedskating 

  • The Midtown Park Skating Oval has great ice, usually from late November to early March. Come on out and enjoy the oval. You don't have to have speedskates to glide on the ice.  
  • There are regularly scheduled Club races, both packstyle and metric (Olympic style).  And even marathon length (5, 10, 25 and 50 km) races one race day.  In some years there is the speedskate-skate ski duathlon.
  • We have organized practice times on Tuesday evenings and general speedskating sessions on Sunday afternoons.
  • Starting in the 2020-21 season we are offering a professionally coached Long Track skating program on Tuesday evenings.
  • Click on the “Registration Info” tab for more information about all our programs.
  • For all events, click on the “calendar” tab above for details.
  • For kids, there are month-long skating programs available through our partner organization, the Anchorage Skate Club.


Cost

  • There’s no cost to skate on this city-owned and maintained skating Oval.
  • We ask you make a tax deductible $20 donation for an Oval Pin to help pay for ice maintenance.
  • You can get an Oval Pin from club members at practices and races, or on-line by registering using the Register tab at the top right of this website, or at Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking, or make your donation to the 'Anchorage Skates Fund' of the Alaska Community Foundation here (minimum donation via ACF is $25.).  
  • For costs to participate in Club programs click on “Registration” tab above on this website.
  • You can become a member of the Alaska Speedskating Club—$40 or an individual or $80 for a family.

 

Races

  • We hold Long Track races on some Sunday afternoons, roughly once per month, and on some Thursday evenings, also once a month. These races are for everyone and you can wear any skates.
  • Registration can be done on-line (see “Registration” tab above on this website) or on the day of the event at least a half hour before race time. Come on out and have fun! 

    Sunday Races - 1:30-2:30PM - registration online or at the Oval at 1 PM
    2021-22.   Dec 26, Jan 16 and Feb 20 (marathon)
    Thursday Evening Races - 6:30-7:30PM - registration online or at the Oval at 6 PM
    2021-22.   Dec 16, Jan 6 and 27, and Feb 10
  • Races can be packstyle or metric, and usual race distances are 100m, 500m, 1000m, 1500m, and 3000m.
    Marathon distances are 5K, 10K, 25K, and 50K


  •  Cancellation of Practices & Races due to Cold Temps:  Practices and Races will be cancelled if the KTUU weather station temperature is below +5 degrees F one hour before the planned start time.  

 

Practices and General Speedskating Sessions
—Coached practices on Tuesday evenings:  6:30-8:30 PM.  

—General speedskating sessions Sundays 1-3 PM.  At these informal sessions skaters “work” on technique, fitness and just having some fun skating with others.
—To participate in the coached practices you need to pre-register online.  Click on the “Registration” above, then “Available Programs”, and choose the “Short Track/Long Track Program” or the “Long Track Only Program” (adults only for the “Long Track Only Program).

Skate Rentals

You can rent Long Track speedskates from the Anchorage Skate Club.  Alaska Mountaineering & Hiking (AMH) also rents 'nordic skates' for those who want to try them on their nordic ski boots. 


Ice Conditions:
 
You can view reports, including on the Oval here   Click on the skater icon for only skating conditions. To make reports--enter "Cuddy Park" for the location.

Field Status

Open Open

O’Malley Sports Center (02:51 PM | 08/25/19)

Open Open

Cuddy Park Skating Oval (02:49 PM | 08/25/19)