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Is it time for a new running track?

Oct 14, 20190 comments

Does your Running Track Look Like A or B?

Byrne & Jones Track Capabilities:

  • Track Surface Repairs
  • Track Asphalt Base Repairs
  • Surface Respray
  • Re-Striping
  • Track Surface Removal & Replacement
  • New Running Track Construction

Polyurethane Surface Options:

  • Black Mat + Structural Spray

     

      • Most common High School System
  • Sandwich

     

    • High-Level High School or College System
  • Full Pour

     

    • NCAA-Grade System

Consider the Athletes First

When making the decision to build a new athletic running track there are many important factors to consider. The most important question should be “What is the best surface for my athletes to run on?”. With so many available options, understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each will assist in making the best decision possible. The type of surface can impact the speed, running technique, and physical health of the runners, so keeping safety and performance on your mind is essential. 

When making the decision to build a new athletic running track there are many important factors to consider. The most important question should be “What is the best surface for my athletes to run on?”. With so many available options, understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each will assist in making the best decision possible. The type of surface can impact the speed, running technique, and physical health of the runners, so keeping safety and performance on your mind is essential. 

From Then to Now: The Rise of Polyurethane Running Tracks

Cinder and Clay used to be the most common running track surfaces and although inexpensive to install they had two major disadvantages. They required constant attention, which built up maintenance costs, and they would provide different running experience depending upon the weather. Because of these disadvantages, along with athlete safety concerns, synthetic surfaces were created as an alternative option to natural surfaces in hopes of developing a long-term solution that would be safer, more cost-efficient and durable depending on conditions.

Latex / Acrylic track systems have been introduced as a low-cost, all-weather track surface that, while not as resilient as a polyurethane system, still provides the cushion that track athletes are looking for.  Latex / Acrylic tracks are typically installed in lifts, varying in thickness and number of lifts depending on the owner’s needs and budget.  Regardless of the number of lifts that are initially installed, we recommend Latex / Acrylic tracks to be resurfaced every 3-5 years to properly maintain their integrity. Failure to do so often results in grooving-in of high-wear areas, including starting areas, lanes 1 and 2, and field event runways.  The frequent need of attention, repairs and resurfacing of latex tracks have inspired many schools and track teams to research their options with polyurethane track surfacing.

In contrast to a Latex track surface, a polyurethane surface will usually need to be resurfaced in seven to nine years, and the system as a whole can last as long as its asphalt base (20-25 years). Polyurethane will keep its form much longer than latex providing a softer surface for running athletes, thus causing less strain on the athlete’s joints. You can expect a slightly higher installation cost with a polyurethane surface, but can expect to save money on maintenance and resurfacing costs over the life of the track.

There are a handful of polyurethane optoins for an owner to choose from, and one of our sports construction consultants would be happy to speak with you about what system is best or you.

 

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