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Heartland Racing Series Event #1

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US Speedskating sanctioned ability meet held on an Olympic size rink.

Saturday & Sunday - October 15 - 16, 2022

2022 Registration - Closed

Racing: Saturday & Sunday - October 15 - 16

Practice Ice: Friday evening - October 14


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Short Track Speed Skating Live

2022 Buffalo Short Track Championship

Schedule / Heat Assignments  Race Results

Divisions / Participants


Friday Check-in
Check-in will take place from 6-8PM in the lower lobby of the Northtown Center. If you are unable to check-in during this period due to unavoidable travel delays, you must contact the meet director immediately for Saturday morning check-in instructions. Please bring your skates to the check-in table even if you are not skating during the practice session on Friday night as officials will be inspecting the tip radius of your blades. If you plan to use a cut suit with built-in neck protection, please bring it to the check-in table for approval.

Friday Practice Ice
Practice ice will take place from 7-9PM. All competitors are welcome to take part in practice ice regardless of what they originally indicated on the registration form - Schedule

Saturday and Sunday Competition - Schedule



The format of the Meet is a two round progression, one Heat and a final. The number of finals are based on the number of skaters in the Heats. First place of each Heat goes to the A final, then seeded by times.

The Super Events are based on overall points. All athletes will skate in a Super, (A, B, C...)  for their longest distance.


Required Equipment

Helmet, full finger gloves (preferably cut-proof), eye protection, long sleeves, knee pads, neck protection and shin guards must be worn by all participants. Recommended Equipment: Full-body cut-resistant protection (either integrated into the skin suit or separate).


This is an Ability Meet. Skaters will be grouped according to their seed time, with consideration being given to the age of skaters in each group. With the exception of Heartland, divisions may be mixed gender.


Heartland Open - skaters ages 12 and older as of 7/1/22 who meet the qualifying time standard of 1:48.0 for men and 1:58.0 for women in the 1000 meters. The time standard may be from a sanctioned short track meet, from July 1, 2021 or later. There will be two groups, Heartland A and Heartland B. The two groups will be roughly split 50/50 based on times.


Ability - Skaters 11 years old and younger will compete in the Ability Division. Skaters ages 12 and older who do not meet the Heartland qualifying time standard will also compete in the Ability Division. Consideration will be given to the age of skaters in each group. Skaters 10 and under will skate on the track (85m or 111m), most appropriate for their level.

Novice  - This division is for skaters in their first year, and never having raced in a USS or SSC sanctioned meet. If unsure about eligibility, please discuss with the skater's coach or contact the meet director before registering.



Divisions/Groups Events not run in order


Heartland A:  M & W--- 500M / 777M / 1000M / Super 1500M

Heartland B:  M & W--- 500M / 777M / 1000M / Super 1500M


Niagara: 30 & over ------ 500M / 777M / 1000M / Super 1500M

Niagara B: 30 & over ----- 333M / 500M / 777M / Super 1000M

Northtown: 11 & over-----500M / 777M / 1000M / Super 1500M

Southtown: 11 & over------333M / 500M / 777M / Super 1000M

Wings: 11 & over------------333M / 500M / 777M / Super 1000M

Bills:10 & under-----------------(85M track) - 85M / 170M / 255M 

(111m track) - Super 500M

Bisons:10 & under-------------(85M track) - 85M / 170M / 255M 

(111m track) - Super 500M

Bulls: 10 & under---------------(85M track) - 85M / 170M / 255M 

(111m track) - Super 500M



Bandits 10 & under --------------85M /170/M 255M /Super 340M

Sabres: 11-19 -----------------111M / 222M / 333M / Super 500M

Blizzards: 20 & over -------333M / 500M / 777M / Super 1000M


Heartland Racing Series Event #1

We are proud to be part of the Heartland Racing Series.

A season-long circuit of short track speed skating open class races to develop passion and skills for racing. Click here for additional information on the series.


The Heartland Challenge Cup.

Skaters racing in the HRS will represent either the
North East Short Track Series (NEST) or Heartland (HRS). The challenge will take place in Buffalo. The Challenge Cup will go to the team with the most points from the meet. All clubs east of Buffalo will be on one team, all clubs west of Buffalo will be on the other.


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Short Sleeve T-shirt (navy w/orange)


Performance 100% moisture-wicking polyester


Online only - not sold at the meet!

T-shirt sales are closed

Partner Hotel

Hampton Inn Buffalo - Amherst

1601 Amherst Manor Drive, Amherst, NY 14221


Click for the preferred rate of $169 per night - must be booked by October 1st.

The hotel is adjacent to the rink, about a three-minute walk or a 30-second drive.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Be part of the fastest event on ice in Buffalo!

Contact :

Kim Lipa

Competition Chair



Carol Putman

Fundraising Chair


To our 2021 sponsors, thank you for your support!

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2021 Meet Information


Photos - Raymond Lin (Potomac Speedskating Club)


Photos - Alan Jay (Buffalo Speedskating Club)

Meet Program


Short Track Speed Skating Live

Program Information / Heat Assignments / Race Results


BSC President - Doug Lippa
BSC Competition Chair - Kim Lipa
Meet Director - Henry Withers

Assistant Meet Director - Alan Jay

For additional information contact:

Henry Withers -

Phone - 315-440-6764


Past Year's Meets

2014 through 2020 - Photos, results, and more.

Check it out!


The Northtown Center at Amherst


1615 Amherst Manor Drive

Williamsville, NY 14221



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