Completion of new track is close
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The newly resurfaced track at Stubler Memorial Field will be ready for action by the end of this week, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.
“I’m just thrilled,” said Blake Risner, the Glenwood Springs High School track and field head coach. “I’m thrilled to have something high quality for the athletes that participate in track and field and for those that use the facility.”
The resurfacing project began June 24, at which point crews removed the rubber and latex surface and patched the underlying asphalt. The new surface is composed of polyurethane, which Risner said will be a little faster for the runners.
Renner Line Design began striping the new track, which is red, on Tuesday and should finish by the end of today.
Risner said the striping company noticed an error on the chute — the spur where 100 meter and 110-meter hurdles races begin — and they found a design error while surveying the track Monday evening. That error was fixed.
The rest of the track will be completely finished once the striping dries, likely by this weekend.
In addition to the high-tech surface and new color, Risner mentioned several other additions to the track and field facility, including an expanded high jump apron that will accommodate jumpers with longer approaches.
A pole vault box and runway were also installed, which Risner hopes will allow the high school program to expand its menu of events.
“All I can say right now is that this addition brings us one step closer to getting pole vault back at Glenwood Springs High School,” Risner said. “I still need to get approval from the high school administration and the school board, but I saw the opportunity with the new track construction to get this part done.”
The high school track was last resurfaced in 2000, which Risner said put this summer’s project slightly overdue because resurfacing is recommended every 10 years.
Once the facility reopens, Risner encouraged all runners to respect the rules of the track, which are posted at the facility, and to avoid wearing down the new surface by overusing the inside lanes.
“Guests that use the track should never jog on the inside lanes because they get more wear,” Risner explained. “We really ask that guests run in lanes four and above.”
The project, which also included resurfacing of the rubberized track at Basalt High School, cost $316,000 and was funded by the state’s allocation of tax funds to public schools.
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