News and Schedule Updates

short track speedskating
Illustration by Joseph Boquiren

October 2019 – March 2020 Skating Schedule

We have booked the following dates in October, please let us know if you’ll be joining us so we can plan ahead. All times are 11:15am – 12:15pm.

Oct. 13
Oct. 20
Oct. 27

AND, just so you can plan ahead, we have also booked the following dates with the rink – 
Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24
Dec. 8, 15
Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
March 1, 8

This season’s ice fees are as follows: 

Season prepay amount               Discount per session    To be paid per session
 $80  $5  $20
 $160  $10  $15
 $240  $15  $10
 $320  $20  $5
 $400  $25  $0

Fall 2019 update – get ready to skate!

We have received our skating time from the rink beginning in October:

Sundays, 11:15am-12:15pm

January Schedule

Jan. 6th  11:30am -12:30pm

Jan. 13th 11:30am -12:30pm

Jan. 20th 11:30am -12:30pm

Jan. 27th 11:30am – 12:30pm

RSVP here –

February  Schedule

Plan ahead & add to your calendar!

Jan. 27th 11:30am – 12:30pm
Feb. 3rd 11:30am – 12:30pm
Feb.10th 11:30am – 12:30pm
Feb. 17th 11:30am – 12:30pm  – may cancel this date since the 18th is the President’s Day holiday.

Feb. 24th 11:30am – 12:30pm


Interested in a “virtual competition”?

Here’s a competition you can enter without even traveling to another rink! Read about the North American Virtual Short Track Masters TT Challenge 2019:

The Puget Sound Speedskating Club will host the State Championship Meet in Tacoma on SUNDAY, MARCH 31. Details to follow!

December update

Our December schedule is as follows: Sunday Dec. 9, 11:30-12:30, and Dec. 16, 2:15-3:15pm.

Please RSVP either by email or using Google Forms to let me know which sessions you plan to attend. Thank you!

For the season’s schedule and how you can help out the club, please click here.

Fall 2018 update – November

And we’re off! Though our season began a bit late this year, we’ve had great turnout so far. November 11 brought us a total of 21 people on the ice! Welcome to all the new skaters!

Our December schedule is as follows: Sunday Dec. 2, 2:15-3:15, and Dec. 16, 2:15-3:15pm.

I’ve requested January dates as the 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th and will let you know the times as soon as I have confirmation from the rink.

Fall 2018 update – October

Check your inboxes for an email regarding this season’s ice fees. In order to schedule a regular weekly practice session with the rink, we’ll need to schedule it ahead of time and that means we need two things: more funds and more skaters!

I am hoping to hear from the rink soon about the schedule (I first requested it in early September)!

Summer/Fall 2018 update

We still have a rink! If you follow our Facebook page, you know that the rink management is purchasing the rink from the City Bible Church. I’ve requested ice time for October and will send out the dates/times when they are available.

Huge thanks to all who helped out at this year’s Bridge Pedal – Chris, Lisa, Sterling, Tony, Emily, Patrick, Max, Dave, Joseph, and Brooks! We’re grateful for the opportunity to earn funds to pay for ice time.

I’ll share minutes from the meetings of the Columbia River Ice Sports Association (CRISA) upon request. They’re working on forming their own 501c3 and fundraising efforts are underway to pay for legal and organization fees. Please visit their Facebook page.

Rink status update

Read our latest newsletter here. The petition was presented to the City Bible Church – if the rink closure IS extended beyond the planned date of August 31, I will let you know!

I’ll share minutes from the meetings of the Columbia River Ice Sports group upon request.


I’ve scheduled TWO fundraising opportunities at FOUR different locations of MOD PIZZA:

One is for three locations on May 7:

1. Cedar Hills, 2695 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Suite 190 in Beaverton

2. Downtown, 204 SW 
Yamhill St., Portland

3. Vancouver – 19151 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Suite 100, Vancouver

And on May 30th:

Hazel Dell, 7916 NE 6th Ave., Vancouver

Bring these flyers to the following locations on the fundraiser date and our club will receive 20% of the proceeds! Please share with family & friends. Must order in person – no online orders. Print or show cashier flyer on your phone.

Pizza Fundraiser FlyerPizza Fundraiser Flyer

Mountain View Ice Arena Update – rink is closing August 31, 2018

We received this news about the upcoming closure of Mountain View Ice Arena the end of August.

Here is an article in the Columbian about the planned closure.

Rest assured that we’ll do all we can to join other user groups in an effort to find other options for an ice facility.  Please email me if you’d like to be involved in any fundraising, sponsorship or other activities pertaining to finding other options for our club. In the meantime, I will keep you all informed on any and all updates.


Great turnout for our March 11th session!

Welcome to newcomers Jamie, Gilbert, Chris, and Fiona! Hope to see you on the ice again soon.

Our next session will be March 25, 12:30-1:30pm.

Check out the article about us in today’s Columbian!

Watch some short track racing!

Tacoma’s Puget Sound Speedskating Club is hosting the 2018 Washington State Short Track Speedskating Championship

 Date: Mar31, 2018 (Sunday) from 1:30 p.m. until ~ 6:00 p.m.

 Location:      Pacific Sports Center (We just moved to this location)

2645, S.80th Street, Tacoma, WA, 98409

Check-In:      1:30 p.m. ~ 1:45 p.m. (2nd Floor)

Warm Ups:   2:00 p.m. ~ 2:20 p.m.

Coaches and Competitor Meeting:  2:20 p.m. ~ 2:35 p.m.

Racing:         2:40 p.m. ~ 5:30 p.m.

Entry Fee:    $30 per skater ($70 maximum per family)

Entry Due Date:      March 20, 2018

All skaters must be members of U.S. Speedskating or Speedskating Canada.

NOTE: This is NOT a U.S. Speedskating sanctioned competition.

 Meet Director: Chang Lee (Club Coach)

 For more information contact:   Jan Zurcher, (253) 709-2340

March skating schedule:

For March, we’ve been given the choices as follows –

3/11 , from 12:30-1:30pm   
3/25, from 12:30-1:30pm 
Al dates/times subject to change – updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page, as well as sent to current skaters via email.

For news prior to March 2018, refer to our Blog Archive page.


The March 12, 2018 Columbian featured a great article about our club, highlighting newer skaters.

A small but dedicated band of speedskaters gathers for an hour every so often to practice their sport, rare in these parts.
Canadian Sterling Sobczak skates with former U.S. Olympian Becky Sundstrom during a practice at Mountain View Ice Arena in Vancouver, WA.

This article by Rachel Bachman appeared in The Oregonian on January 15, 2010.