Check out these pictures (below) of the new $1.5 million refurbished, resurfaced, Mondo Indoor Track at the PG Sports and Learning Center - my home indoor track. Records will fall this Indoor season.
I was allowed to be one of the first people to run on and test out the track yesterday. I ran 2 miles on the track and it is nice and fast, fast, fast. The track re-opens tomorrow. The first meet is an Anne-Arundel Intra-County high school meet on Tuesday December 2nd.
You may notice that the old track was all red. The new track has alternating lanes of red and blue. The old track had a 6-lane 60 meter straight away. The new track has an 8 lane 60 meter straight away - so the 60 meter trial should go a lot faster now. The track has been precisely labeled for the 60 meters, to the mile, up to 10,000 meters. Also the throw area and jump runways are blue as you can see.
They flew in a track design specialist from Italy to measure, reconfigure, line, and label the track. This track now meets IAAF Standards.
With the new Mondo surface comes new rules. No needle spikes, no Christmas Tree spikes, no spikes for workouts (only for meets). Only quarter inch pyramid spikes allowed. They will begin selling spikes at the track and inspecting spikes before competitors are allowed on the track. So start stocking up on the correct type of spikes ASAP.
I hear there are plans to install more bleachers also.
The first all-comers meet at the newly refurbished indoor track will be on Sunday December 28th. Be there or be square!
Also - If you get the USATF Fast Forward Magazine, my team mate Tom Jones points out that my picture is in the ad for the 2009 Masters Indoor Championships on page 23 of the magazine. Check it out. They misspelled my last name in the caption, however.