Welcome, inline (or quad) skaters and friends around the world !
I hope you like the following idea and feel the spirit and will to take part in this event:

Inline/quad skaters from around the world skate whereever they want scheduled in a way such that 24 hours are completely covered without a break.

The goal is to cover as many kilometers as possible and to knot a global net of skaters.
An additional goal is to help
UNICEF, the United Nations agency to support children around the world.
Participation is free of charge.

St. Petersburg, 
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Next date
24skate #17 will take place on 17th and 18th of October 2020.

There is no limit for the number of participants and venues per hour. On the contrary, it is even desired that each hour is covered many times. Just for the determination of the 24skate result only the fastest skater of each hour "scores".

You can check your time difference to UTC time standard at e.g. this
World Time webpage.
If your country is e.g. in time zone "UTC +4", then take your desired local start time and substract 4 hours to get the UTC time.
Vice versa, if you will skate in time zone "UTC -6", then add 6 hours to your local start time to find the UTC time.
If this is too confusing, then just tell me your desired local time and I will do the calculation for you.

Below you find the timetable for 2020. (You find similar tables in the result website with the results of the previous 24skates when you click on "History and Records" in the menu on the left)
When there are entries in the table, then you can click on the link in the table entries if you would like to contact 24skaters at that venue. For those who did not want their email address to be published on this website, I will act as relay point.

Hour # Date and Time (UTC) Venue #1 & local time Venue #2 & local time Venue #3 & local time Venue #4 & local time Scoring kms
Before 17th of October 2020 Georgenthal/Thuringia, Germany, 13:00 . . . .
1 17th of October 2020, 18:00 . . . .
2 17th of October 2020, 19:00 . . . . .
3 17th of October 2020, 20:00 . . . . .
4 17th of October 2020, 21:00 . . . . .
5 17th of October 2020, 22:00 . . . . .
6 17th of October 2020, 23:00 Sydney, Australia, 09:00-10:00 . . . .
7 18th of October 2020, 00:00 Sydney, Australia, 10:00-11:00 . . . .
8 18th of October 2020, 01:00 Nanjing Dragon Adorable Senior Skating Team, Nanjing, China, 09:00-10:00 . . . .
9 18th of October 2020, 02:00 Nanjing Dragon Adorable Senior Skating Team, Nanjing, China, 10:00-11:00 . . . .
10 18th of October 2020, 03:00 . . . . .
11 18th of October 2020, 04:00 Iran, 7:30-8:30 . . . .
12 18th of October 2020, 05:00 Ninghai Downhill Skating, China, 13:00-14:00 . . . .
13 18th of October 2020, 06:00 Ninghai Downhill Skating, China, 14:00-15:00 . . . .
14 18th of October 2020, 07:00 Thailand, 14:00-15:00 . . . .
15 18th of October 2020, 08:00 Thailand, 15:00-16:00 . . . .
16 18th of October 2020, 09:00 Thailand, 16:00-17:00 . . . .
17 18th of October 2020, 10:00 Thailand, 17:00-18:00 . . . .
18 18th of October 2020, 11:00 Munich, Germany, 13:00-14:00 . . . .
19 18th of October 2020, 12:00 Munich, Germany, 14:00-15:00 . . . .
20 18th of October 2020, 13:00 Florida, USA, 09:00-10:00 . . . .
21 18th of October 2020, 14:00 Florida, USA, 10:00-11:00 . . . .
22 18th of October 2020, 15:00 Florida, USA, 11:00-12:00 . . . .
23 18th of October 2020, 16:00 Florida, USA, 12:00-13:00 . . . .
24 18th of October 2020, 17:00 Florida, USA, 13:00-14:00 . . . .





Partner events

Thueringer Speedskating Club (TSSC) Erfurt (German website) put his 12-hour race on June 11th, 2005, under the roof of 24skate. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 they joined again.

"Skating Karlsfeld" (German website) will be a partner event of 24skate. Karlsfeld is a community close to Munich, Germany. "Skating Karlsfeld" is an event hosted by the youth workers of the community. In 2005 they did a lottery to raise some money for UNICEF. Expected number of participants at "Skating Karlsfeld": 1.000

St. Petersburg Marathon (Russian website) - a non competitive event - joined 24skate #2.

Green Ball Skate Moscow (Russian website) also took part in 24skate#2. This is a city skate for beginners and takes place every Saturday. Meeting time is 14:00 near Gagarin's memorial (Leninsky Prospekt metro station). Click this link for a group photo.

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How to take part
If you want to skate for one or more hours during the 24 consecutive hours of 24skate, then send a mail by clicking here register@24skate.net . The link is ready to simply let you fill out the following fields:
You are very welcome to the team!

Registration deadline:
Registration is possible even after the 24skate - if you only skated during the relevant 24 hours. But for setting up the schedule only applications are taken into account, if they arrive not later than one week before the 24skate.

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Skaters from the following countries took part in previous 24skates:

Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brasil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United States of America

The whole spectrum of skaters was present: Children skate groups, recreational and fun skaters, professional teams, participants from Inline Worldchampionships...

24skate rules
  1. There should be skaters from as many time zones as possible. If a time zone cannot be covered, then skaters of other time zones can cover the gap.
  2. The result collection is based on trust. Nevertheless, at least one witness for each skated hour must be present during the skate and be named in the documentation.
  3. A 24skate result is only valid if at least 20 out of 24 consecutive hours were covered.
  4. A 24skate result can only become an official new 24skate record, if the old one is beaten by at least 6 kilometers and skaters in at least 10 time zones took part.
  5. Drafting is only allowed behind other skaters, not behind bicycles, cars, spaceships or other vehicles.
  6. The difference in altitude between starting and end point of the individual skaters must not be more than 100 m.

    Liability Disclaimer:
    Participation is at your own risk. Wearing protectors and a helmet is highly recommended for every meter skated.
    For consequences resulting from the publication of names and links any liability is denied.

Kuala Lumpur, 
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24skate Results and 24skate Records

24skate World Record: 712,1 km

24skate History:
24skate # Date Scoring Kilometers Participants Raised donations (Euro)
1 23/24 October 2004 514,0 72 0.578,60 Further Details
2 11/12 June 2005 712,1 1.100 1.296,60 Further Details
3 20/21 May 2006 550,1 >250 1.525,70 Further Details
4 16/17 June 2007 >450 >590 >1.342,17 Further Details
5 14/15 June 2008 >591,1 >612 >3.330 Further Details
6 13/14 June 2009 602,5 645 2.443,77 Further Details
7 12/13 June 2010 527 >717 >1.590 -
8 4/5 June 2011 343,46 791 1.662 -
9 16/17 June 2012 >386 >577 >986 Further Details
10 15/16 June 2013 >283 >686 >2.622 Further Details
11 21/22 June 2014 >322 >412 >698 Further Details
12 27/28 June 2015 >548 >118 >896 Further Details
13 18/19 June 2016 342 >309 >1.325 Further Details
14 24/25 June 2017 548.4 1.571 >853 Further Details
15 16/17 June 2018 551,8 >731 >724 Further Details
16 1/2 June 2019 296,5 >250 >648 Further Details
17 17/18 October 2020 209 >193 >598 Further Details
Sum . >7.779 >9.619 >23.120 .

24skate Requirements for participants and witnesses:
  1. Skaters must be able to skate one hour - also under bad weather conditions (it is unlikely to have 24 hours sunshine around the world). It is possible to relay during the hour.
  2. The witness must be able to determine the covered distance with an exactness of 100 meters. If a closed circuit track of less than 7 km length is used, its length must be determined with an exactness of 10 meters (e.g. by going ten rounds measuring with an exactness of 100 meters).
  3. It is desirable - but not mandatory - that the skater or the witness are able to deliver digital pictures of their 24hour.
  4. The skater should provide a substitute for the case of short-term problems before his/her 24hour.

Help needed

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The coordinator of a 24skate gathers the registrations and sets up the final and detailed schedule. Coordinator for the first and next 24skate will be
The result (distance covered) and some more documentation (photos of the people, the places, the weather, the spectators etc.) are sent by all 24skaters or their witness/es to the coordinator. The coordinator organizes that this material - including the total result - is posted on the 24website.

Other hints:

Everyone, who donates one Euro (or more) per km of the distance covered by one 24skater in one hour and tells this to the 24skate co-ordinator, will receive the title 'Good-will Ambassador of 24skate, supporting UNICEF'.
There can be only one Ambassador per 24hour skater. An agreement of the skater must be presented by the Ambassador-to-be.

Here is a list of the 24skate-Ambassadors:
Here you can see the
certificate (in Adobe pdf-format) which each Ambassador will receive.

Charity support
Principle: No money goes over my table.
Whoever wants to donate or sponsor, does this directly to Unicef - and can fully make use of tax deductables and so on, where applicable.

The following donations are announced:
It would be highly appreciated if you could collect some money for UNICEF during your 24skate event.
Here a tip related to this: Turn to your friends, relatives, small firms, big companies and ask them to sign a sponsoring agreement with you in which they promise to donate a certain amount of money to UNICEF per skated kilometer. This works fine for children- run-for-UNICEF events in primary schools, so this should work for you too, shouldn't it?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is there any participation fee?
Answer: No. If you would have paid for taking part, please donate to UNICEF.

Question: Is there a limit for the number of the participants?
Answer: No.

Question: Do I have to travel for the 24skate event?
Answer: No, the 24skate becomes global by skating locally. You just skate wherever you want/can during the 24 hours of the 24skate event.

Question: If much more than 24 skaters, each skating one hour, take part, how is the result calculated?
Answer: The longest distance covered in each hour will be taken, if several skaters or relaying skaters skate during the same period.

Question: I would love to take part, but I have no time on the very date. What now?
Answer: Don't worry. I hope there will be many 24skates to come. You can either organize one yourself on another date - with support from my side and this website - or wait for the, hopefully, yearly next 24skate to come.

Question: Is a witness needed per skater or can he/she testify the result for several skaters?
Answer: One person certainly is able to testify for several skaters if they skate within one drafting train. But it will be difficult to determine the position of several skaters far away from each other at e.g. 11 a.m. sharp. Let your witness state his/her limit to you.
For a relaying group of skaters certainly one witness is sufficient.

Question: How can I send a mail to all subscribers of the newsletter?
Answer: Send your mail to me and I will decide, if I will convert it into a content of the official newsletter. This shall protect the subscribers from spam mails.

Question: Do I need a team to take part?
Answer: No, go can go on your own. You just need a track and someone to determine the kilometers you skated during your hour.

Question: To donate do I need to fill in some form? To be registered? Do I transfer the amount directly to the UNICEF bank account in my country? With a specific remark or comment? How will you know the total amount collected?
Answer: You don't need to register, you don't need to fill out any form. Just donate as you would do without the 24skate: Visit the local UNICEF group or transfer money to UNICEF in your country. You can use the keyword "24skate.net" in the transfer, so they get aware of it, but this is not mandatory. Tell me afterwards the total amount donated (I trust you word, no proof of evicence is needed).

Question: How can I find out about UTC time compared to the local time at my skate venue?
Answer: Try this website:
http://www.weltzeituhr.com/start_e.shtml ("Weltzeituhr" is German for "world clock", but the link goes to the English version of the page).

Please contact mailto:%20clemens@24skate.net?subject=24skate: for every unclear item, open question or suggestion for improvement related to the concept of this project and this website.
Feel free to ask your question in English, French, Italian or German, but please accept an answer in English or German.
Please use the keyword "24skate" in each mail's subject field, so it will be assigned to the correct mailbox. Thank you!

Idea and realization: Clemens Suerbaum, Munich, Germany

I am a passionate inline-skater from Munich, Germany. Two inline hearts beat in my breast: One for recreational skating, another one for inline speedskating.
For the first one I was a so-called "bladeguard" of the Munich Bladenight. This is a weekly event on every non-rainy Monday evening from May to September on the streets of Munich. About 250 bladeguards cordon off the treck of several thousand participants from the other traffic. Record participation was 37.000 people. Now the average is around 7.000 skaters. We usually go for 15-20 kilometers and the tour takes a little bit more than one hour. For more information visit this comprehensive website (www.24skate.net/home_xmbn) .
The speed skate heart makes me try to get contact to local speedskating clubs whenever I have an international business travel (which was part of my job, 6 to 8 times a year). The nice people I met this way formed the base for 24skate #1.
My speedskating performance is mediocre: 1:19:26 for a (Berlin) marathon is my personal record and with more than forty years of age I probably will not improve much more (nevertheless I am happy to receive any advice from you).
But anyway, I love this sport and global communication, so I came to this idea of "skate around the world in 24 hours".

Special Thanks to

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