Synthetic Vs Natural Athletic Tracks

Historical Perspective

Traditionally runners have preferred natural athletic surfaces, such as dirt and turf, for running because the alternatives (asphalt and concrete) provided surfaces too harsh to train on for either long-term recreational running or competitive preparation. Despite the advantages offered by natural surfaces, there were also some challenges. Natural tracks required careful maintenance to preserve good running surfaces. Gopher holes, ditches from running water, dips created from puddles, etc. create hazards for unsuspecting athletes. Competitions of the past were often held on cinder or clay, but as with the other surfaces, they were subject to natural weathering over time.

Synthetic Tracks Emerge

Synthetic athletic tracks made a major debut in the late 60s at the Mexico City Summer Olympics. Although synthetic track systems had been in development before then (mainly consisting of a mixture of asphalt and sand), these new polyurethane surfaces revolutionized the industry. Our own Rekortan hit the fields a year later. Now synthetic tracks are the most common type of track installed around the world and have become the standard for major competitions.

Advantages of Synthetic Tracks

There are a few reasons why synthetic tracks became so popular so quickly. Runners and athletes like them because they offer good shock absorption, like grass and dirt tracks do, but they also do not make runners lose speed, as soft natural surfaces do. There is enough give to allow for comfortable running, but an underlying firmness that prevents a loss of speed. This quality has earned synthetic tracks the reputation for being “fast tracks.” These surfaces also offer good traction, even in inclement weather, which is not the case with natural surfaces that change depending on the weather. This all-weather quality made training and competition more consistent, allowing athletes to pursue uninterrupted training for longer periods of time despite the changing of the seasons.

Professional Performance

Competitions have taken to relying on synthetic tracks because they offer an even and dependable surface. These tracks can also be used for either indoor or outdoor applications, providing a consistent surface for runners, stadium designers, and event planners to utilize. For constructing major venues, such as those for the Olympics, which are designed to last for years on end, synthetic materials are also now preferred for their durability, resistance to weathering, and relatively low maintenance requirements.

APT Sport Surface Calculator – Application for Mobile Devices

New APT Sport Surface Calculator available on the AppStore.

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The APT App services the sport surfacing industry worldwide. Obtain valuable information about sport surface construction, browse a list of related sport surfacing products and systems, learn about their technical properties and field of application. Partnered Sport Surfacing Companies can obtain access to the APT Sport Surface Calculator for quick calculation of particular products and systems.

Learn about the Sport Surfacing Industry.

Calculate a variety of indoor and outdoor sport surfaces: per m² and/or yd², per millimeter and kg. The APT App offers a calculator for sport surface system construction with milimeter accuracy. Once downloaded the application provides an offline database including: technical data, system specifications, application guides and an easy contact button with which you can locate the sales office and services closest to you. The new APT App is available on the App Store beginning of November 2011.

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SPURTAN BV for the Peruvian Institute of Sports

The Peruvian Institute of Sports in Puno, Peru got a new athletic track.

Using apt Qualipur components for the construction of the most important raceways and our IAAF recommended supervision for the lining. Ask for our supervision recommended by the International Association of Athletics Federation for your next project and enhance the prestige of your track with an IAAF certificate.



  • IAAF approved system 
  • Impermeable, two-component paved in place sandwich style track system
  • Provides a high energy return
  • Excellent all weather performance and spike resistance
  • Free of mercury and lead
  • World class performance for training and competition
  • Premium colors available upon request

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One Prestigious Location for FIFA 2 Star and IRB ONE TURF

If there is one place in Hong Kong where families and serious sportsmen
can find every sporting facility they desire in one prestigious location, it has to be the Hong Kong Football Club.The club is renowned for constantly developing and improving facilities and recently upgraded several of its sport surfaces with new systems of the APT Group of companies.·

The upgrade included:

•·Poligras Olympia Hockey Pitch – FIH Certified
•·Poligras Premier RS···Soccer/Rugby pitch – ·FIFA 2 Star Certified
· and IRB Rule 22 Compliant
•·Six OmniCourt ProCourt Tennis Courts – ITF Classified
•·Dynapoint Multipurpose Gymnasium Flooring –
· International Handball Federation approved
•·Spurtan Sureplay – Jogging trail



When Champions Build their Teams Win.

Cubed Home Field Advantage at the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi.

The results of the hockey competition read as if the teams knew what they were playing on – POLIGRAS – the artificial turf systems for hockey pitches made in Australia.Commonwealth Games logo

Australia won the gold medal beating India in the men’s hockey finals. The finals were carried out on the new POLIGRAS hockey turf in the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, often referred to as “The Temple of Indian Hockey”. Named after the legendary hockey player and Olympian Major Dhyan Chand, the stadium has hosted major hockey events including IX Asian Games Hockey and Hero Honda FIH Hockey World Cup 2010 prior to the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010.

The stadium boasts of two brand new POLIGRAS hockey turfs. What a lucky coincidence the hockey results indicate, taking into account that it is an Australian hockey pitch system which has been installed by an Indian Sport Surface Construction Company. The results get peculiar when considering that it was a superintendent from New Zealand supervising the installation of the hockey pitch.


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9500 m² of REKORTAN M99 for SBCC

A new Rekortan M99 for the Home of the Vaqueros!

Our partnered installers from California Track & Engineering, Inc. recently finished 9500 m² of Rekortan M99 at the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). SBCC takes great pride in offering you an opportunity to work with an exceptional coaching staff. Their program is designed for student-athletes who have the desire to succeed at the highest levels of competition.The SBCC Vaqueros compete in the Western State Conference, which is home to 13 schools competing for the opportunity to be the best in our region. Santa Barbara is the perfect place to train with one of the best climates in the world, state-of-the-art facilities, a new REKORTAN M99 athletic track system and a hilly terrain that’s ideal for training. Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and Pacific Ocean, athletes have the opportunity to speed train at sea level and then climb in elevation for
altitude training.

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