Speedskating

The Empire Skate Club's speedskating wing is known as Empire Speed. (Yes, who would have guessed?)

Health and safety notice:
Due to New York State regulations and also our own concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Empire Skate Club and other NYC group skate organizers require that skaters wear face coverings and practice social distancing when you participate in group skates.

Empire Speed team members meet to train together on the Central Park loop from early May through skate marathon weekend in late September. In recent years, sessions usually happened Monday and Thursday evenings. In 2020, scheduling was a bit erratic due to COVID pandemic concerns, but such sessions as there were occurred Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Empire Speedskaters at 2017 NYC marathon

Central Park training meet-ups are usually at or a bit after 7 p.m at "the curb" (map), just uphill on CP's west loop from Tavern on the Green (West 67th St.). To find out whether speedskaters will be on the loop on a given evening, please check the Empire Speed Facebook page for any late announcements. Longer distance training, including skates to Nyack (and back!), should also occur once or twice per summer month. Again, check the FB page for announcements.

Empire speedskaters may also train on weekends with our friends on the Brooklyn Speed Team. They skate Sunday mornings April through September in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. They usually meet up at 9:30 for a 10 a.m. start from the Bartel-Pritchard Circle entrance to the park (map), at the corner of Prospect Park West and 15th St. However, timing changes during the season, so check their FB page and the Empire Speed FB page for scheduling announcements.

In winter, some Empire Speed members do indoor training at the Branch Brook Park Roller Rink in Newark (map). Contact Empire Speed for current scheduling.

Brooklyn Speed skaters 2020