Long Track speed skating on a 400m surface is by far the best way for speed skaters to develop strong straight-away technique and build skating specific endurance. So, skating short track at Saint Margaret’s Centre and long track at the Emera Oval will make for a winning combination!
The Emera Oval is run by the Halifax Regional Municipality. The website has up-to-date information on schedule changes and weather related closures here, please check before going to the oval.
Your HRSSC membership includes coached sessions during the week and the opportunity to try out some introductory racing on select Sunday mornings plus a couple of weekend competitions (with additional registration and fees). All good fun, part of a great community of skaters, and outdoors in the fine wintery chill and sunshine (at times warmer than St. Margaret’s Centre and well, at times not! but always an adventure for sure). The Oval is a 400 metre track and offers our skaters a unique chance to skate on an official long track oval east of Quebec.
Our coached sessions, are TBD
At the introductory level, our skaters wear the same skates for both short track and long track practices, but it is recommended that they are sharpened a little more often as the ice on the Oval tends to dull skates a little quicker. The same safety gear is required along with a warm, thermal layer and often a jacket and neck gator/buff during warm up – although generally weather and skater dependent.
*Equipment requirements for long track skaters are identical to short track requirements. Helmet use for skaters 15 years old and older is optional but strongly encouraged. Neck warmers, warmer gloves, layered clothing, windproof jackets and balaclavas / headbands for under skaters’ helmet are optional but quite essential.
Important Dates for the 2018-2019 Long Track Oval Season
* late February-early March additional events or Sunday Races – weather dependent
The events listed aim to accomodate all skater levels and ages and HRSSC skaters are welcome to participate, with the exception of some events within the Polar Vortex series which may have age and skater level limits.