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 Wednesdays 5-6pm and Saturdays 9-10am
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 2017-2018 Long Track Oval Season
December 16, 2017 – Oval scheduled to Open for the Season – weather permitting
December 16-30, 2017 – HRSSC Coached Sessions – to be confirmed
December 17, 2017 – Sunday Racing Series #1 9-10:30am
January 3, 2018 – HRSSC Coached Session 5-6pm (continuing on Wednesdays)
January 6, 2018 – HRSSC Coached Session 9-10am (continuing on Saturdays)
January 7, 2018 – Sunday Racing Series #2 9-10:30am
January 14, 2018 – Sunday Racing Series #3 9-10:30am
January 21, 2018 – Polar Vortex 3K/5K/10K 7-10:30am
January 27-28, 2018 – 2018 Atlantic Long Track Championships 7am-1pm
February 4, 2018 – Polar Vortex 25K 9-10:30am
February 11, 2018 – Polar Vortex Triathlon 7-10:30am
February 17-18, 2018 – 3rd Annual Oval Meltdown 7am-1pm
* 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.
For some skaters and families, the upcoming 2018 Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships will be taking place on February 10-11, 2018 in Quebec City, Quebec. This is national qualifying time and age class competition open to skaters ages 11-14 (female) and ages 12-15 (male).