For Immediate Release                  



Contact: Emeline Moya, Recreation Supervisor

   Recreation and Community Services – (562) 430-1073 x 510


Anyone can Skate at the Race on the Base


(Los Alamitos, CA) – The skating community has enjoyed participating in the 10K Skate at the Race on the Base for many years. As one of the eight events taking place at this year’s Southland Credit Union 30th Annual Los Alamitos Race on the Base, the 10K Skate will be an exciting event for both spectators and contestants. Traditionally, three different types of athletes partake in the 10K Skate: competitive inline speed, roller derby and recreational skaters. All three come together for the Race on the Base because of the unique opportunity to race on airfield runways and enjoy such a fun atmosphere!


A well-known local speed and roller derby skater, Maria Charnell, speaks highly of the race, as she has competed in numerous skating events. “The Los Alamitos Race on the Base is one of the most exciting races because it is flat, fast and safe.” Maria goes on to say “The skating community loves that race because the skaters are competitive and they can go fast on the runways.” Maria has been skating since she was five years old. She began skating because her mother competed as a speed skater at a local skating rink and Maria often went to her games. She passed along this family tradition to her four sons and her husband, as her entire family now skates competitively either in roller hockey, speed skating, or roller derby.


This healthy, fun and family-oriented sport offers a great activity for all ages and ability levels. From quads to recreational to racing to derby skates, there is something for everyone. Skating can be a recreational sport commonly found at indoor rinks (Skate Depot in Cerritos) in your local community. It can also be competitive with indoor short tracks and roller derby competitions (The Rinks in Huntington Beach) or in local parks (El Dorado Park in Long Beach). Many competitive skaters join local clubs or teams that offer various opportunities to workout, practice and compete. Local teams include Beach Bladers Club, So Cal Speed Skaters, OC Roller Girls and more. If you are interested in joining one of these clubs or finding out more, Google any of their names or visit


If you are interested in participating in the 10K Skate for the Race on the Base, registration is now available at If you have any questions about registration or about the 10K Skate or any of the other events, please contact the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department at (562) 430-1073.