Phoenix Speedskating Club Inaugural “Saguaro Classic” Short Track Race

Shane Doan Rink, Ice Den Scottsdale; 9375 E Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Phoenix Speedskating Club is proud to announce its inaugural Saguaro Classic short track speed skating race on Saturday,  October 19, 2019 in beautiful Scottsdale at the IceDen. This is will be the first speedskating race on ice in recent memory, possibly ever, held in the great State of Arizona! This exciting event will be open to skaters of all ages and abilities. Club affiliation is not necessary, but US Speedskating membership is required. More information, including event details and entry/registration can be found below. 

Phoenix Speedskating Club is teaming with Mangled Momentum to provide a weekend of both inline and short track racing opportunities. The third inaugural Saguaro Sunrise Marathon, 10 mile, and 5K Skate and 5K Run will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2019 in Oro Valley, Arizona. This event is also open to all ages and abilities. For more information, please go to:

Come out and be a part of history and take advantage of two exciting and fun racing events in one weekend!

Short Track Race Events

The following events are anticipated for the short track race at the Ice Den Scottsdale. These are subject to change based on the total number of competitors. The format may be either final races in each distance, or heats and finals in the shorter distances if time allows. All races will be held on a 111-meter track. 

· 500m (4.5 laps)

· 777m (7 laps)

· 1,000m (9 laps)

· 1,500m (13.5 laps)

Youth/novice groups may skate some shorter distances 

(e.g., 111m, 222m,333m).


All competitors should plan to bring their own speed skates. Phoenix Speedskating Club has only a limited number of loaner skates and these may not be available the day of the race. Other items are:

Mandatory Equipment (you will not be allowed to compete without these items:

· Helmet (cycling, hockey, or other will be allowed)

· Neck protection/guard 

· Knee pads

· Shin guards

· Gloves (cut-resistant preferred, but any sturdy gloves will suffice)

· Long sleeves and long pants/tights/leggings

Recommended Equipment

 Cut-resistant ankle protection 


All competitors must register online. Race registration is handled “It’s Your Race”. The following are the registration fees for the event:

Early Registration (by July 15): $50.00

Regular Registration (July 16-October 1): $60.00

Late Registration (after October 1): $75.00

Go here to register for the race:

Required: US Speedskating Membership

All competitors must be US Speedskating members. Please note that a US Speedskating membership is not the same thing as a membership with a local skating club. US Speedskating is the national governing body of our sport, and they supply the insurance coverage that makes it possible to hold events like this competition, not to mention have a speedskating club in the first place.

Novice skaters may be eligible for the $30 "1st Year" membership. Skaters who have previously been US Speedskating members are eligible for the $55 "Club Competitor/Recreational" membership. These memberships let you race almost anywhere. To compete at national-level events, you will need the $95 "National-Level Competitor" membership.

Please access the US Speedskating membership registration page here:

*Proof of membership to participate in this event is required


Skaters should plan to arrive by 10:45 pm to allow ample time for check-in. Pads will be put out promptly at 11:45 am and warmups will start immediately after. Adult skaters should have their skates on by 11:45 to assist with pad and track setup. Race distances, groupings, and order of events will be posted after all skaters have checked in.


Get Your Event T-shirt!

We are providing the opportunity to order and purchase, in advance, event t-shirts, which will help us offset the cost of the race. The shirts reflect this inaugural event, and will include our Phoenix Speedskating Club logo. The t-shirts are offered for $25 in short-sleeve and $30 in long-sleeve. You can select your size and number of shirts at the following link:

Qualifying Time

As part of the skater’s registration process, please provide a qualifying time for the 500 meter distance, if known. If not, provide a time for another distance or indicate “novice” or “intermediate”, etc. 

Other Details

Race groupings will be based primarily on skater ability rather than age and gender, so that as much as possible, all skaters will have the opportunity to be competitive within their race groups. Skaters in the same age range may skate in different race groups if the submitted qualifying times indicate skaters are of significantly different abilities. In this case, skaters in the faster group will automatically place higher in the overall age range standings than skaters in slower groups. Final race groupings are established at the sole discretion of the Competition Director. All race times from this event are unofficial and do not represent US Speedskating sanctioned times for qualification to Age Group Nationals.