Feb 9-19, 2024 • Laurier Park
Edmonton's longest running winter festival!
Silver Skate Festival is partnering with Marathon Skating International to host a reimagined One-Hour Skating Challenge this Sunday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hawrelak Park.
Interested participants are encouraged to skate for one hour on the pond and MSI will have staff on site to help count your laps.
There will be no registration or timing, though participants are encouraged to time themselves and submit it online as part of our Virtual Skate Race challenge. Those who submit times on our website are entered to win prizes.
The World outside hour record is now 38.6 km for men and 33.8 km for women. The Canadian records are 34.1 km for men and 29.6 km for women. The Alberta records are 32.3 km for men and 29.6 km for women.
This one-hour event is in memory of Tony Lambert, who was a long-time driving force behind organizing marathon speed skating races in Edmonton, and who suddenly passed away in April 2020. MSI is running an additional skating challenge in his honour that you can register and submit your skating distance for: https://sites.google.com/view/msi-west/home
The one-hour event will also honour former MSI skater Ivanie Blondin, who won gold in Team Pursuit for Canada in Beijing and Canada won gold in the relay in short track. Come watch or participate in, celebrate the Olympics and honour our Canadian athletes.
Thank you to Speed Skating Canada and MSI for hosting this One-Hour Challenge. We hope you lace up to hit the ice for the final weekend of the festival!
If you’d like to participate, please download the waiver from our website and bring a signed copy on Sunday.
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The mission of the Silver Skate Festival Society is to provide a free family-oriented winter celebration blending sport, recreation, arts and culture, showcasing various skating disciplines and promoting outdoor activities in Alberta.