Are you looking for a year-round venue for your athletes to train? Indoor running tracks are an excellent solution for schools and sports clubs that want a safe space to train in all weather conditions. Indoor tracks provide a consistent surface for athletes to run on and can be used for track and field, running competitions, and even just for keeping in shape during winter.
Indoor Running Tracks: a smart choice
If you’ve got the space for it, indoor running tracks provide a great way for athletes to train in an indoor environment. These tracks are designed with a raised and cushioned surface which helps reduce any impact on the joints, making them suitable for everyone from beginners to elite athletes.
How to Choose the Right Indoor Running Track
Outdoor tracks are usually 8 lanes and 400 meters around, but indoor tracks vary in size, depending on the venue’s space. Most adhere to a 2 to 6-lane, 200-meter format, making them half the distance of an outdoor track. However, depending on the types of events you want to host, you can reduce both the number of lanes and distance.
Before choosing an indoor running track material, consider your needs and budget. You should also think about who will be using the equipment regularly. The main users of your facility can help you decide what level of performance you need from your track surface.
There are two main types of materials for your indoor running track: vinyl and polyurethane. Advantage Sport offers both of these solutions, through the following products:
- Omnisports Multiflex: a multifunctional flooring solution designed to accommodate a variety of recreational activities such as walking and running.
- Omnisports Active+: a synthetic vinyl flooring that provides both cushioning and resistance to heavy foot traffic.
- Omnisports PurePlay: a vinyl flooring made to protect runners’ joints and withstand heavy traffic on a daily basis.
- PolyTurf Plus: a poured polyurethane surface that is ideal for high volumes of traffic and heavy loads.
After you’ve picked your venue, materials, and equipment, you can move on to the more fun aspects of installing an indoor track: customization.
With your track, you can show off your school spirit or community flair with:
- Special colors
- Logos and designs
- Lane numbering
- Arena names
Of course, with each addition, you’ll probably be adding a bit to your overall cost. But what’s an indoor track without a bit of excitement?
Quality and safety standards
This is one of the most important aspects, if not the most important when choosing a floor for running tracks. In the end, what is the use of a track that is not safe, efficient, and durable? This is precisely what ensures compliance with the ASTM F2772 standard, the “Standard Specification for Athletic Performance Properties of Indoor Sports Floor Systems”, which is the one used in Canada.
It is important that the service you choose to install your running track meets this standard, just as Advantage Sport does.
Maintenance of Indoor Running Tracks
Maintaining an indoor running track is crucial to ensure the safety of athletes and the longevity of the surface. Here is general advice for keeping your track in good condition:
- Place entrance mats at all access doors to your running track. It will reduce the amount of contaminants on the floor and make maintenance much easier.
- To help keep your running track clean, it is recommended to wear inside shoes with a white sole (or non-marking sole). This will prevent unnecessary scuff marks on the floor, but also any sand or gravel that could be embedded in the sole from being abrasive and potentially puncturing the floor.
- A dry microfiber dust mop can easily sweep up any dirt that made it past the entrance mats. However, the dust mop must not be treated with a solution – this will result in residue build-up on the floor and make it slippery, causing potential accidents.
- To clean large areas quickly and efficiently, use a walk-behind automatic floor scrubber. Debris should be swept off the floor before wet washing with a cleaning solution. Do not use cleaners or detergents that contain waxes, sealers, or solvents on the floor. After scrubbing the floor with detergent, it is important to rinse thoroughly so that no cleaning product residue is left behind. This can make the floor sticky or slippery. Note that the scrubbing pads used on the machine should not be used elsewhere (corridors, cafeteria, other classrooms, etc.) as they could be contaminated with an improper solution (wax, sealer, inappropriate detergent, etc.).
- For areas that require extra care, quickly treat spots and spills with a clean white rag and gentle cleanser. Thoroughly rinse the area with clear water and dry completely. Wipe up any grease or stains immediately.
- For periodic deep cleaning, use a red pad and cleaner for auto-scrubbing.
- Solvent cleaners shouldn’t be used, since they can potentially damage the finish on resilient surfaces.
- Chairs and stools should be fitted with the appropriate protective end caps.
- Light colors may need more frequent cleaning.
- Don’t use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- Black rubber wheels, feet, or mats can discolor flooring and should be avoided.
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FAQs about indoor running tracks
What is an indoor running track?
An indoor running track is a specially designed, covered surface that provides runners with the ability to exercise indoors. Indoor tracks may be constructed of vinyl or polyurethane flooring and typically measure between 200 and 400 meters in length. The shape of the track varies depending on the size and design of the facility. Indoor tracks can be used for a variety of activities including running, walking, training, and even competitions.
Are there different types of indoor running tracks?
Yes, there are several varieties of indoor running tracks available. The most common type is an oval track.
How do you use an indoor running track?
Indoor running tracks can be used for a variety of activities. Running on an indoor track offers the same benefits as running outdoors, but without the risk of inclement weather. Indoor tracks are perfect for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and other fast-paced workouts, or they can be used as a place to practice running techniques or warm up before an outdoor run. Indoor tracks can also be used for competitions such as indoor track meets or simply as a place to have fun and stay fit.
What are the benefits of using an indoor running track?
Using an indoor running track can offer numerous benefits for athletes. Indoor tracks provide runners with a safe and controlled environment where they can exercise without worrying about weather conditions, or injuries related to frequently uneven pavements, such as asphalt/cement (indoor running tracks have a stable, cushioned surface). Indoor tracks also allow runners to measure their progress more accurately through the use of timing and distance markers. Finally, indoor running tracks can be used year-round, allowing athletes to stay consistent with their training regardless of the season.