In honor of the 2015 USA Roller Sports National Championships coming to Albuquerque this July, we've gathered some fun facts that you didn't know about roller sports as well as what to expect from the events. Come out and experience the competition for yourself, starting July 11th at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The event schedule is as follows:
July 11-18: Indoor Speed National Championships
July 11-18: Rink Hockey National Championships
July 19 - August 1: Figure National Championships
5 things you didn't know about Roller Sports:
- There is a National Museum of Roller Skating, located in Lincoln, Nebraska.
- The first recorded invention of roller skates was in London, England in 1760 by John Joseph Merlin.
- As of December 2014, there are 6,630 registered USA Roller Sports members.
- Research shows that roller skating can provide an aerobic workout similar to running that improves cardiovascular health, but is much lower impact.
- States with an abundance of sunny days, such as New Mexico, are particularly well-suited to outdoor roller skating. In Albuquerque, more and more roller skaters are taking advantage of our many paved outdoor trails.
What to expect at the 2015 USARS events:
USA Roller Sports is the recognized national governing body for all roller sports, including speed skating, inline hockey, roller hockey, figure skating, and roller derby. Competition divisions range from youth through masters level competitors in their 70s! At the annual National Championships, nearly 45% of the competitors are 25 years of age or older.
The 2015 events are brought to you in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Tourism.
More than 2,000 skaters will be competing for national titles in speed, rink hockey, and figure skating events. Additionally, some of the elite skaters will just be returning from competing in the Pan American Games, and the reigning World Champion in women's inline freestyle skating is expected to participate.
Three distinct skating disciplines will compete in Albuquerque: Rink Hockey, Speed Skating, and Figure Skating. Events begin mid-morning and continue until roughly 11 P.M. daily, with each day offering something different. There will be something for everyone!
Free admission will be offered for military personnel and immediate family members (up to 4 people) with a military ID. Regular ticket prices range from $10 for a one-day ticket to $70 for a multi-day pass. Various discounts are available when tickets are purchased as a group as well as for New Mexico residents, so be sure to bring a valid photo ID.
In addition to the skating events, there will be a tradeshow area featuring equipment, costume supplies, and souvenirs.
This is a unique opportunity to see firsthand the best in the U.S. and find out why roller skating, both quad and inline, continues to be so popular.
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