So you’re building a running track…

There is a lot that goes into the running track so here’s a basic walk through of what you should consider.

  1. The Foundation: Concrete or Asphalt
  2. Rubber: What types of Rubber are available and custom rubber options
  3. Track Types: What types and how they are installed
  4. The Final Spray Coat
  5. Paint Jobs and Custom Paint options

Step 1: The Foundation

Everything should be built upon a solid foundation. We don’t personally do asphalt or concrete installations but we’re happy to help. For tracks that we’re building we can also work with the installers to double check they install the foundation properly.

Asphalt is the standard base we install on. Pavers will dig up and grade the area to create a flat 400m running track.

Concrete can lead to a long lasting surface. When this is installed it should be noted that texture should be added so the rubber running surface has something to stick to. Overly smooth concrete can be slick when it comes to binding rubber to the surface.

Post-tension Concrete  is the most durable surface available. This is supported by heavy cables that will ensure long lasting life of your running track foundation. This is by far the most expensive foundation available.

Step 2: Pick your Track Type

Full-Pour Polyurethane – This track is installed by creating a base layer that sits and rubber is dropped.

Base Mat Structural Spray – Base Mat Structural sprays are paved in place. The base mat is installed using SBR rubber to build up a rubber base. Once the base is installed we add the top coat of EPDM rubber which can be colorized.

Poly-Resin Running Tracks – These running tracks are installed layer by layer. The Rubber is dropped and then sprayed with Plexitrac binder. Depending on the desired depths we will build a 5-layer 13’mm or 6-layer 15’mm depth.

Step 3: Rubber Selections

Rubber builds up every running track and depending on the installation type we will use different ratios of 2x different types of rubber.

EPDM

EPDM Rubber (Ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber) is a versatile, aesthetic, and safe rubber granule. The doc uses EPDM for the top layers of a rubberized running surface but can build the entire track with EPDM. Colored rubber will always be EPDM rubber.

SBR

SBR Rubber (Styrene-Butadiene Rubber) Builds up the lower layers of rubber. This economical rubber is used because it’s resistant to abrasion and ages well especially when protected with coating.

Rubber Colors

Black Rubber is the standard track color and we provide a black rubber bid upon request as the standard. We will build from there!

Colored Rubber tracks. We offer multiple color options to build your track. Are your school colors purple and green? We can build a purple track with green exchange zones and vice versa.

We build tracks exactly how you envision your rubberized running surface so look at the color choices!

Natural BlackRedBrownGreenYellowPurpleGreyWhiteBrownOrangeBeige

Customize your Rubber

We offer a wide host of custom rubber configurations. We can create an exchange zone that boasts a different color of rubber. Would you want to install a D-pad and install runways of a different rubber color? Do you want to create exchange zones with a different color of rubber? We’re always ready to rock and roll!

Colored inlays add a great effect to your running track’s exchange zones and we do this to make your exchange zones pop! Runners will clearly see the upcoming zones and enjoy the exchanges.

Step 4: The Texture Coat

Once the track is built to depth we then spray it with a highly pigmented coating layer. This final coat layers the rubber track with extra color and seals the rubber. This spray coat is our TDR100 and can be applied to existing tracks to revitalize a running track.

Step 5: Track Paint

With the rubberized running surface installed we will finish the job with a fresh coat of paint. The paint lines are measured and laser sighted in to ensure accuracy. These lines are painted to IAAF national standards.

Custom Paint

Our track installations include the standard paint striping job and will include your school’s name in block letters. However, we definitely offer paint customization.

Logos

School Logos we can get a picture of your school’s logo and create a stencil for it. Is your school the pirates and you want the Jolly Roger’s grin sprayed out onto your running track? We’d be happy to add your school’s logo to your new running track.

Exchange Zones

Exchange Zones can be changed from white to whatever color you choose. This improves the visibility of the exchange zones and looks great for runners. Let’s get your exchange zones customized and we’re happy to add this to your job.

Step 6: Track Maintenance

Once your track is installed proper maintenance will extend the life of your running track. You can learn about track maintenance here!

Doc Talk

The Doctors will walk you through everything and answer any additional you may have. You can fill out the contact form or just call Ryan at (208)850-0990