Track season is upon us and you may be wondering how to freshen up and prep your outdoor track surface. Natural wear and tear is a part of having an outdoor running surface, but safety is a factor that should be assessed and maintained consistently.

Here are a few ways to keep your track safe and fresh for your runners and athletes…

Assess Damage

Knowing the state of your track is essential to providing a safe and effective running surface. Cracks and tripping hazards are common imperfections that can lead to bigger, more expensive problems if they’re not addressed. Here are a few causes for track damage…

  • Mowers clipping the track
  • Runners wearing cleats on the track
  • Gouges from snow removal
  • Dragging equipment on the surface (benches, trash cans, etc.)
  • Wearing down from starting blocks & starting positions
  • Wind blowing equipment across track
  • Normal wear and tear

If you do spot damage on your track, there are a few options you have that range in complexity depending on the severity of the imperfection.

Small Repair Options

  • Spot patching for small cracks: replace rubber / latex surface
  • Filling for depression areas: apply a mix of binder and rubber, trell fill to make an even and flush surface
  • Cleaning: clear dirt, leaves, needles from surrounding trees with blower and power washing
  • Lining: Freshen up track lining and numbers for big meets to make them pop so runners can easily identify exchange zones and meter marks

There are a few things you can do on your own to make sure your track stays fresh, safe, and well-maintained.

  • Consistently identify trouble areas and inspect high traffic areas
  • Frequently clear debris and dirt with a blower
  • Anchor down items that can blow in windstorms (pole vault, trash cans, etc.)
  • Post no skateboarding or bicycling signs
  • Prevent athletes from wearing cleats on track surface
  • Do not drag heavy equipment across track
  • Public walkers/runners should use outer lanes to reduce inner lane wear


If your track is in need of repair, contact us today for a free assessment.