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The Complete Guide to Running Track Construction: From Planning to Completion

The Complete Guide to Running Track Construction: From Planning to Completion

The Complete Guide to Running Track Construction: From Planning to Completion

Running track construction is an essential aspect of developing athletic facilities for schools, universities, and communities. A well-designed and constructed running track offers athletes a safe and efficient surface for training and competitions.

Constructing a high-quality running track requires a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies involved in the process. From the initial planning and design to the selection of the right materials and installation methods, each step is crucial to the success of the project. In this guide, we’ll provide detailed insights into running track construction, covering essential aspects such as costs, surface materials, rubber thickness, and more. Whether you’re a school, university, or sports facility looking to build a new track or upgrade an existing one, this article will equip you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions for a superior running track.

Riverton High School Running Track Resurfacing
Riverton High School Athletic Running Track Construction

Planning and Designing your running track

Before embarking on a running track construction project, several factors must be considered:

Site selection: Choose a site with proper drainage, level ground, and enough space to accommodate the track and additional features like bleachers or locker rooms.

Track dimensions: A standard running track features a minimum of 8 lanes, with a total width of 72 feet (22 meters). The track’s total length depends on its shape, with most tracks ranging from 400 to 800 meters.

Track surface: Running track surfaces are typically made from latex or polyurethane materials, with polyurethane offering more durability and performance benefits. The rubber thickness on a running track typically ranges from 13 to 15 millimeters.

Design elements: Consider lane width, track layout, drainage, and other essential elements in the design phase to ensure a functional and visually appealing running track.

Understanding The Running Track Construction Process

The running track construction process involves several steps:

Site preparation: Clear and grade the site to ensure a level surface for the track. Excavation, grading, and drainage system installation are essential for a well-prepared site.

Base construction: Install a compacted aggregate base layer to provide a stable foundation for the track surface.

Surface installation: Apply the chosen track material (latex or polyurethane) to the prepared base.

Marking and striping: Paint the lane lines, start and finish lines, and other necessary markings on the track surface.

Additional features: Install steeplechase barriers, long jump/triple jump runways, and other track and field elements as needed.

Cost of running track construction

The cost of running track construction depends on factors such as materials, labor, and additional features. On average, the price for an 8-lane running track with all required field events can range from $400,000 to $800,000. To budget and finance your project effectively, consider seeking professional guidance and exploring available funding opportunities.

Quality Control And Testing

Ensure that your running track construction adheres to industry standards by conducting regular inspections and tests. These assessments will help identify any issues and ensure the track’s longevity and safety.

Utilizing Cooperative Purchasing Agencies

Public entities can take advantage of cooperative purchasing agencies’ existing contracts to select the contractor and purchase the desired running track without sending out for public bid. This process aims to eliminate purchasing stress while saving public entities time and money.

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We believe that every athlete, regardless of their level, deserves access to top-quality running tracks and athletic facilities. At Byrne & Jones, we are dedicated to helping schools, universities, and communities create exceptional outdoor recreational spaces for their athletes. By introducing Byrne & Jones as a trusted resource for running track construction and resurfacing projects, our goal is to help transform athletic facilities and foster a greater sense of pride and satisfaction among their users. If you are interested in learning more about designing, building, or maintaining a running track in your community, please reach out to us at (314) 254-9766. 

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