Metric-Style Competitions are the standard world venue for Long-Track Speedskating. The ISU (International Skating Union) is the governing body responsible for establishing the rules.
Basically, 2 skaters line up on a staggered starting line, the gun is fired, and the race begins. Skaters stay in their own lane each lap, but must change lanes at the end of that lap. Rules govern how that lane change is made. Each skater competes on their own against the clock for the fastest time, however, skating against another competitor of similar caliber helps to maintain rhythm, speed, and competitiveness.
Length of Races:
Men Junior C: 500 meter, 1,000 meter, 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter
Men Junior A and B: 500 meter, 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter, 5,000 meter
Woman Junior A, B and C: 500 meter, 1,000 meter, 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter
Woman Senior: 500 meter, 1,000 meter, 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter
Men Senior: 500 meter, 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter, 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter
Use the links below for a full list of events:
Check out US Speed Skating’s website for a full list of events.