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Halloween on ice

Lisa Ruff/For Steamboat Today
Members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club at the 2015 Halloween Skate-A-Thon and Costume Party at Howelsen Ice Arena.
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If you go:

What: Halloween Skate-A-Thon and Costume Party

When: 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

Where: Howelsen Ice Arena, 285 Howelsen Pkwy.

Admission: $10 per person; $25 for families; children 3 and younger are free

— For those looking for a chilling Halloween adventure, the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club is holding a Halloween Skate-A-Thon and Costume Party beginning at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Skaters can ghoulishly glide to “90 minutes of skating in costume with fun Halloween music under the disco light,” said SSFSC executive board member Kim Radway.

Admission is $10 per person and includes skate rental. Families pay $25, and children 3 and younger skate for free. A silent auction will also take place.

“People who aren’t going to skate can stop by and check out the silent auction,” Radway said.

A slice of pizza, donated by Soda Creek Pizza, and a soft drink will be available for $3.

The club’s goal is to raise $5,000 at the event to provide scholarships for local skaters to train and compete and to defray the cost of ice time and coaching.

“Our goal is to create a club that gives kids an athletic outlet that is both creative and competitive,” Radway explained.

She pointed out that figure skating provides an athletic alternative to skiing or soccer and offers an “inclusive supportive, environment where our members can develop” as skaters.

Radway said participating in the SSFSC also helps develop skills in time management and goal setting as well as improving fitness and creating discipline.

“Fifty percent of the money raised will go directly to athlete scholarships for figure skaters who are in financial need,” Radway said.

The rest will go to the city of Steamboat Springs, which charges $190 an hour for ice time.

The club currently has 22 members ranging from age from 6 to 17. Radway said that not all members of the club are competitive. Some prefer to participate in different events and exhibitions the club sponsors, such as the winter holiday exhibition and spring ice show.

Radway’s 10-year-old daughter Kaelyn is an example of such a skater. Her daughter’s goals are more skill based than competition based.

“She is working on her Lutz jump, her axel and sit-spin,” Radway said.

In order to make the sport accessible to all community members, Radway said the Skate-A-Thon will provide much needed funding for the club’s participants. Members of the club have sought pledges of 50 cents for each lap they skate around the rink. Radway estimated that the more experienced skaters will skate 50 to 60 laps in an hour.

“They will be skating around the outside of the rink while the skaters in costumes will be in the middle,” Radway said. “We are hoping lots of families will come in costume and take advantage of the fun.”


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