Every step matters with running track construction.

To say we have an outstanding 'track' record is an understatement, having built hundreds of them in the St. Louis area and throughout the Midwest. We have multiple certified track builders on staff that have been certified by American Sport Builders Association - (ASBA). We're known for our professionalism, our design know-how and for utilizing our laser-guided paving equipment - all resulting in a finished product that delivers the perfect running surface. Our expert track builders will ensure the proper design and layout of the events to meet all standards needed for your specific site.

Key components we consider in the design.

There are several factors that need to be considered when designing and building a running track. These include: prevailing winds and how that affects running direction and placement of field events, site location and drainage, track events being hosted and applicable standards for the competition, firmness of running surface, and structural designs to match the climate and soil conditions.

In addition to the subgrade, aggregate and asphalt surfaces, it's important to match the polyurethane surface to the owner’s goals and budgets. Some surfaces are faster and harder than others. Some surfaces are porous and some are sealed. A Certified Track Builder at Byrne & Jones can assist you with the pros and cons of each surface.

Once we have a full understanding of the particular needs involved with your running track, we make our recommendation on all of those factors. The way to guarantee a high-quality installation is to performance-based specifications – and you'll get those with Byrne & Jones Sports Construction. In addition, we'll provide a detailed Pre-Qualification Statement similar to the AIA A305.

To learn more about Byrne & Jones Sports design process, call and ask for a free consultation at 314-567-7997.

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Base Stone
Polyurethane Track Surface
Concrete Curb
  • There should be a 1 percent slope towards the field
  • The base course is installed in one lift measuring 2-inches after compaction
  • The second lift of asphalt should be a commercial type mix totaling 2-inches after compaction
  • All asphalt should be installed with the use of laser-guided equipment
  • The surface of the asphalt should be flush to the top of the inside concrete curb
  • There is a 30 day cure time before you can install the polyurethane track surface
  • 8-inches of compacted base rock are installed on top of the subgrade
  • Base rock should be installed using laser-guided equipment
  • There should be a 1 percent slope towards the field
  • The existing subgrade should be STABLE and COMPACTED.
  • The subgrade for the field should be mechanically stabilized.
  • All dirt work should be done with the assistance of laser-guided equipment.
  • The running track subgrade needs to have a 1 percent slope heading towards the field
  • 10mm to 13mm polyurethane track system is installed on the top of the asphalt surface
  • There should be a 1 percent slope towards the field
  • If there is a concrete curb - DO NOT install the polyurethane track surface on top of the curb
  • The bottom of the polyurethane track should be above the concrete curb to promote proper drainage
  • A 6 x 12 inch concrete curb is poured in place using number 4 rebar
  • The concrete curb is the critical piece of construction
  • All elevations for the track and field are taken from the curb. If the curb is NOT installed correctly your track and field will not be correct
  • The tolerance for the concrete curb construction is 1:1000 in the running direction
  • A CCA treated or engineered 2" x 4" is anchored to the inside concrete curb
  • The nail board rests 2-inches below the top of the concrete curb
  • Surface stone from the field is flush with the top of the nail board
  • The synthetic turf carpet is anchored to the top of the nail board
  • 4 inches of 1" clean drainable base rock is installed with the help of laser-guided equipment
  • The base stone is compacted by a roller without the vibratory action
  • The field is crowned at .05% in each direction

10" HDPE Perforated Collector Drain around the Perimeter of the Field.

  • 2 inches of 3/8" clean chips rests on top of the base rock
  • The base rock is installed with the help of laser-guided equipment
  • A light roller is used to compact
  • The field is crowned at .05% in each direction

Artificial Turf Surface .05% Crown

  • Several flat panel drains are installed on top of the 4oz fabric
  • The drains are installed in a herringbone pattern 20-feet off of center
  • The flat panel drains dump into the 10-inch HDPE collector drain that runs along the outside of the field.
  • The .05% slope allows the water to be gravity fed to the collection drain
  • A 4oz non-woven fabric is placed on top of the subgrade
  • The entire playing surface receives the fabric cover
  • This prevents the dirt from migrating up into the clean rock