Guptill's celebrates 60 years

"I like going fast," he said.

Then there are 13-year-old Mya Dorin, Clifton Park and Meghan Loudon, 14, who are newcomers to Guptill's. While Dorin has been to the arena a couple of times before, Loudon said it was her first time roller skating.

Dorin said she comes to Guptill's because she said it is fun to hang out with her friends while skating.

"It's pretty popular, and a lot of people have heard about it," she said, "[Skating] is a fun pastime and a really fun hobby."

While roller skating can be a fun hobby for some, for others they are getting prepared for a different sport.

Avid skiers will also come to the rink for training, as roller skating works out the same muscles as going down the slopes. So before the winter season rolls around, Guptill said he sees a lot of people training before heading to the mountains.

Guptill keeps bringing up the fact the skating rink has survived through 12 presidents, and joked that it has outlived most people.

While Moore said he learned to skate at Guptill's, he's not able to do it as much as he used to. So on Thursday nights, he makes sure to come in to keep up on his skating skills.

Moore said he doesn't plan on leaving anytime soon, and said that if it is possible, he'd like to work there for another 30 years.

"It's been a lot of memories being built here," he said. "It's an icon; 60 years. We're in the Guinness Book of World Records. You mention Guptill's and you think of roller skating. There is no other."

Now Guptill's three boys have a hand in running the arena and performing the day-to-day operations, but Guptill says he is still there frequently. He is excited to be celebrating 60 years and said having a central location in Colonie has helped quite a bit.

"It's a marvelous experience," he said. "You'll probably never see something like this in Colonie again."


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