Ask an Expert: Track and Field – Facilties

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Currently at the middle school, we have a track that is made of asphalt. While we are grateful to have a track that has 8 lanes we still have to accommodate for the hardtop and are interested in upgrading to a rubbered track. We have to run hurdles in the grass as well as high jump.

I was wondering if you know of any cheap and low cost track installments that could go over the asphalt. The asphalt is level and is ready to be covered but the district is concerned about the cost.

Thanks. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    You probably need to check if the track can handle a surface. I do know it’s expensive but well worth it. Try midwesttrackbuilders.com. Give them a call and I’m sure they can give you an idea based on your specs. Midwest builds tracks all over the country.

    Good luck,

    Mark Tacchi
    Glenbard South HS

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    Michael,

    I am not sure of surfaces that can economically be applied over asphalt, but —

    Gary Andrean High School, back in the 70s, had a paving company that was able to use old tires to create that school’s first all weather track. As best I remember, they were able to get the construction to donate some or all of their costs, and only had to secure the tires that were shredded and used for the surface. You may want to contact the athletic office there. There maybe someone still around and kicking who remembers what was involved. If not, possibly, if you have a parent who works for a paving company, or one that is in your area, you may want to approach them with the idea and see if they have a possible solution.

    Thomas E. Gavin

    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
    Olivet Nazarene University

  3. About 10 years ago, Lake Park HS (Roselle IL) put in a new track that was recycled rubber and was very cheap for a track surface. I don’t know any of the details but an older administrator/AD/track coach from there could probably help you. Good luck!

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