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Protect Your Investment with Proper Maintenance

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Protect Your Investment with Proper Maintenance

Looking for a way to maintain your venue's track? Whether you are a high school athletics director or a facilities administrator for the US Olympic Team, track installation and the subsequent maintenance is a serious undertaking. Thankfully, all-weather outdoor surfaces such as the Spurtan BV are easy to maintain, if the proper care is shown. advanced polymer coatings ensure that a track's surface will last for many years to come.


Spurtan BV tracks are comprised of two layers. The base is made up of compacted black rubber granules that are coated in polyurethane. The top layer is constructed with colored EPDM rubber granules that are sealed with advanced polymer coatings. This provides a surface that combines high-energy return with excellent all-weather performance.


The maintenance activities required for a Spurtan BV track will be driven by the weather conditions. While the track is designed to withstand any type of weather, there are different procedures that may be required during hot or cold weather.

During the warm summer months when the track is in heavy use, track personnel should ensure that athletes show care when on the track. It is paramount that a rubber mat be placed on the track to allow for foot traffic of non-runners. Football players and other who access fields located inside a track need a mat to prevent damage from cleats or repeated use.

Summer is also a time when a track's surface is coated with sand, dirt, pollen or other types of foreign debris. To maintain structural integrity, administrators should ensure that the surface is kept free of these items. Standing water from sprinklers is another issue that should be dealt with immediately. Proper drainage for a track is key since this prevents track bubbles and tears in the surface.

Winter months require that track owners monitor the types of activity that take place on a track. Spikes should not be used due to the hardened rubber at the surface and below. If a track is covered with snow, under no circumstances should an owner use shovels, mechanized blowers or sweepers to clear the surface. This could remove large chunks of rubber from the surface and create conditions that are dangerous to athletes. The correct method for snow removal is high activity in areas that are covered to assist the melting process. Snow further dictates that track owners monitor snowmelt to ensure that standing water does not become problematic. Troughs should be walked out along the outer perimeter to help with the drainage process.

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