The increased popularity of running the past two decades has challenged athletic facility owners and designers with ways to make the sport of running more accessible, safe and fun for all. Today, we see indoor and outdoor running tracks of many designs and made of a variety of materials. Material choices include crushed rock, asphalt, concrete, rubber, and poured or sprayed urethane/rubber.
High quality running track systems of rubber and urethane are most popular. Indoor running tracks most often cater to recreational running and multi-use, so varying needs for performance, functional playability, and safety must be balanced.
Running tracks geared for fitness and recreational running have shock absorption high on the list of priorities to reduce muscle fatigue and joint injuries. A safe running track reduces the legal liability of the facility and improves the satisfaction of patrons to the facility. Community, YMCA and fitness centers are good examples. These indoor running tracks typically have a quality shock absorbing sub floor supporting the rubber or urethane track surface. These are highly engineered floor systems that should be designed and installed by a flooring company that specializes in running track athletic facilities. Often, these running tracks must serve multi-purpose activities and sports in the facility so it is important that the track design is integral to the other sports flooring in the facility. Fusion sports floor systems that combine flooring materials for multi-use like track, basketball, volleyball, tennis and soccer are commonly designed and installed by flooring experts.
Anderson Ladd is a turnkey athletic facility equipment and flooring designer, installer and service company. Since 1949, the company has serviced thousands of athletic facility owners, designers and builder contractors. AL offers total turnkey solutions, from design, to installation, to maintenance. With design services, you can see your facility before construction starts. Project Managers are on hand during installations to guarantee your vision is realized and carried out, and our fully trained installation staff is there throughout the project. Anderson Ladd provides full maintenance and repair for all of our flooring options. Our trained technicians are on hand to assist you in making sure you maintain the lifespan of your investment.