QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What is the Swiss Skate Tour?
The Swiss Skate Tour is a meeting point for all skaters from this country and abroad who love a particular skating experience that is geared towards speed, fitness, or fun.
Skating will take place on streets that are completely free of traffic as well as attractive routes through cities, towns, and the countryside. Family-friendly categories motivate young and old skaters to participate.
For the fifth time, this year’s Swiss Skate Tour rolls through Switzerland with six stops. In addition to the beloved classics, there are two new stages in Basel and the Midland. Among the highlights are the City Skate Basel, the Sempachersee Inline Marathon, and the Engadin Inline Marathon.
Who can participate in the stages?
The stages of the Swiss Skate Tour are suitable for every skater. This is very important to us! You can choose a category that is appropriate for your level, and with that you can determine the distance and your pace on your own. Speed skaters are just as welcome as fun skaters, and mutual respect is taken for granted.
The following holds true for all events: slower skaters skate on the right, while the faster skaters pass on the left and take heed of the slower skaters.
The roads are completely closed, and so they are traffic-free. If you want to compare yourself to others or you want to improve your own times, please choose one of the following categories: Marathon, Long Distance, or Short Distance.
If you simply want to chit-chat while you skate, please participate in the category Fun&Enjoy.
What do I need to be capable of?
You should master certain prerequisites such as safe skating and breaking. Choose a category that matches your abilities. If you still aren’t too certain, please visit one of our test and training stages. There you will find courses at various stages of performance. On our website, you can also find a list of skating clubs that offer training and courses.
Can I also skate slowly? How fast do I have to be?
We welcome every skater, no matter how quickly they skate. In order to comply with the authorized road closures, slower skaters should comply with certain time frames that are nonetheless measured very generously. You can find the time limits in the schedule for the respective event. It is important for slower skaters to keep to the right so that faster skaters can safely pass them.
Do I have to wear special protective clothing?
For your safety, helmets are required at our events! In addition, we recommend that you wear protective clothing on your knees, elbows, and hands. That way, you can err on the side of caution and set a good example for our younger participants!
Can I participate with my children?
Of course. Children can participate in the categories Mini, Kids, or Juniors, or they can participate with an adult chaperone in the category Fun&Enjoy. If you choose this category, please assess the endurance and abilities of your children accurately!
What advantages do I have when I register early?
All of our entry fees are graded according to time. This means that you save more money the earlier you register. This gives us planning security, and it’s easier and less error-prone than on-site registration.
We know that it’s more fun to skate when there is sunshine, and we know that you want to wait as long as possible to register because of this, but please think of the organizers who have invested a lot of time and money in stages that take place regardless of the weather. There is a limit on participants in the Sempachersee stage. Once that limit has been reached, we will close the registration.
Anyone who registers online receives a personalized start number and has less stress on-site. This is because online registrants simply have to pick up their start number and timekeeping chip.
Wer sich online anmeldet, der erhält eine personifizierte Startnummer und hat vor Ort weniger Stress, da er seine Startnummer und den Zeitmess-Chip nur noch abholen kann.
Why do some stages cost so much money?
The costs of infrastructure and route closure are particularly high. In addition, we have to pay a majority of our assistants. For some stages, transportation for personnel and clothing results in additional costs. Unfortunately, too few sponsors currently show an interest in skating, and for that reason we have to add these costs to our attendance fees.
The organization of the tour and stages takes place on a mostly voluntary basis.
Do men and women start together?
A few years ago, men and women had separate starting fields. This style wasn’t preserved: the women’s field was often very small, and many of these skaters had to complete a majority of the route by themselves because they fell shortly after starting. The small women’s fields often turned into “leisurely races” which weren’t an attractive style of racing.
For these reasons, we decided to let men and women start together. This is often the case at other fun runs. As a result, the races have become more interesting for many women now that the same conditions apply to them.
We are aware that international championships have separate starting fields for women, but since our decision has resulted in positive feedback at our events, we will continue to have one common start for everyone.
Why are there starting blocks and how are these starting blocks organized?
With the starting blocks, a start is controlled depending on performance (reference time). This is done to avoid crowding.
At the same time, the start becomes safer because fields containing skaters of a similar skill level start together.
Participants can choose their own starting blocks on our application. For block A (Elite), a reference time from a marathon in the past three years is required.
If a participant feels that they were classified in the wrong block and would like to start one block forward, they can purchase an upgrade to a higher starting block for a price of 20.- at the counter where start numbers are issued. It is always possible to change to a deeper starting block.
Please note that falsely starting in a higher starting block will result in disqualification!