First Rekortan G13 Installation in the USA – Shorter University

Rekortan G13 Shorter University

ROME, Ga. – As the Shorter track program continues to evolve into becoming one of the top NCAA Division II teams, it has now become the first in the nation that will run on a new state-of-the-art surfaces.

Thanks to Advanced Polymer Technology, a German-engineered synthetic Running Track & Artificial Turf Manufacturing company, and Gary Wilson, Director of Sales Americas/Turf & Track Divisions for APT Sports, Shorter and Rome has been chosen to receive the first installation in the United State of the Rekortan G 13 Gel track surface at a new 40-meter warm-up area beside the John Maddox Track at Barron Stadium and a javelin runway pad at the Riverside Throws Center.

“It’s the most advanced track system in the world and we are so thankful to APT and Gary Wilson for picking Shorter and Rome to be the first in the country to have it,” Shorter Director of Track Scott Byrd said.

“As the technology continues to improve,” the coach said, “you want something to perform on as best as you can, to train on and to remain healthy. This system does just that.”

“I wanted to introduce Rekortan G 13 to the United States by its first installation for the Shorter University’s nationally-renowned track and field program,” said Wilson, who pointed out that the system was developed for high-end track stadiums primarily in Europe. “Coach Byrd is an innovator of specialized training and we thought Baron Stadium would be the best location for our introduction.”

The new surface will see its first action in two weeks when Shorter hosts the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championships on May 13-14.

“We are greatly indebted to APT, Rekortan and Gary Wilson for their contribution to Shorter University and the city of Rome,” Shorter Director of Athletics Kim Graham said. “The installation of the warm up lanes at Barron Stadium and the runway at the Throws Center will enhance both venues.

Chemically designed with a unique Gel layer made from environmentally friendly, renewable materials and Polyurethane to provide the best shock absorption and energy return stability in the industry, Rekortan G 13 – it is IAAF certified – is a tight dense matrix of natural EPDM rubber designed for the Olympic caliber sprinter and increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance.

APT has developed high performance surfacing systems for every sport from professional to Olympic-level fields in hockey, soccer, football, tennis and running and track and field.

Rekortan has been the official surface of the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia since 1988 and following the 2015 event at Franklin Field a decision was made by the University of Pennsylvania to perform a complete track renovation and a new Rekortan surface will be in place for this year’s Relays on April 28-30.

“We wanted Shorter University to have a hand in it,” Wilson said. “Coach Byrd is well-known in the track world. This will serve him well to do what he does best.”


Laykold at the Biltmore Tennis Center

APT and Laykold are proud to show off the new Laykold Dark Blue and Medium Green ColorCoat courts at the Biltmore Tennis Center, in Coral Gables FL. The courts were originally built by Team Laykold partner Agile Courts Construction Company back in the late 1970’s. The facility won the USTA court of the year for a public facility in 1981. Prior to this February 2016 resurfacing, the courts have only been resurfaced twice with Laykold. That’s an average of 12 years per surfacing! Laykold provides incredible results even in the demanding climate of south Florida.

Laykold – Nobody Covers the Court Like Us!

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Olympic Track Coach Discusses Rekortan Track Surface

Harvey Glance knows track and the surfaces on which the sport runs. A three-time Olympian and coach of the 2012 400m Olympic champion, Harvey sat down recently with Gary Wilson of Advanced Polymer Technology to discuss Rekortan, the track surface “powered by speed.” The resulting video covers issues related to training and racing, and how track surface can make a difference. Backdrop for the discussion is Rekortan’s recent resurfacing of the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field track, home of the Penn Relays. The video is available on YouTube and on APT Sports’ home page

Harvey Glance“Today’s athlete needs not only shock absorption, which most people hear about, but also energy return,” said Harvey Glance. “You’ve got to give back to the body. Once your foot goes down, you have to have more energy back into the body which gives you the ability to compete and train at a better rate.”

The Rekortan track at Franklin Field will be used through the spring track season, highlighted by the Penn Relays in April. The Relays attract elite racers from around the world.

For more information about training issues and how the surface matters, follow APT Sports on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin as the spring season approaches. Information about training issues as well as how track surfaces affect athletes will be shared, plus a countdown to the Relays in April.

The Rekortan® Track System creates world-class polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. Known since its debut in 1969 as “the fast track”, Rekortan continues a tradition of excellence, supplying the most technologically advanced running surfaces in the world, used at international, collegiate and scholastic venues. An IAAF approved product, Rekortan’s innovative design increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance.

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APT Partners With U.S. Soccer Foundation

APT is proud to announce a new partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

Many urban areas across the country lack both space and a safe environment for children to play outside. The U.S. Soccer Foundation provides grants to organizations to help them build or enhance field space within their communities. To date, the foundation has helped to create over 1,100 safe places for children nationwide.

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology ) has teamed up with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to help build on this momentum. Over the next five years, APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches to be constructed nationwide. Laykold Masters partner, Ace Surfaces of Altamonte Springs FL, has been an instrumental part in bringing APT and U.S. Soccer Foundation together and will facilitate the construction of this nationwide project.

APT is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. From Olympic stadiums to your own backyard, APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces.

For more information on APT’s Laykold Masters, please click here.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation serves as the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States. The Foundation is a leader in sports-based youth development and is using soccer as a vehicle for social change among youth in urban areas.

For more information about the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the various programs that they offer, please visit .

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CSU vs. NGU – SC Showdown on Gridiron!

Football season has finally arrived! Last night, Charleston Southern University beat North Greenville University in a South Carolina showdown on their brand new APT Gridiron RS+52 field! Gridiron is the preferred surface of both schools.

APT and Gridiron wish both CSU and NGU a successful 2015/2016 season!

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Laykold is Going Greener With Recycled Tennis Ball Courts

Recycled Tennis Ball_OPENLaykold tennis courts have just gotten greener! APT is proud to announce that their new Laykold Masters line now offers two systems made with recycled tennis balls. APT has teamed up with Ace Surfaces to create the very first cushion court with a shock pad that utilizes up to 10,000 recycled tennis balls in a single tennis court! Finally, after a tennis ball has had it’s last bounce, it can be recycled and used again instead of rolling into a landfill.

Each year, 130+ million tennis balls are consumed in the US and approximately 325 million worldwide. That is enough tennis balls thrown away annually to fill 6,000 semi trailers top to bottom or fill the Empire State Building to the 62nd story!  After years of research, product development and teamwork, a recycling program finally exists.

The formula for success combines the reach, expertise and lead of reBounces and other partners such as HABU and Project Green Ball to collect, sort, clean and ship retired tennis balls.  Ace Surfaces and Laykold Masters take the now ground up, recycled tennis balls and incorporate them into revolutionary cushion indoor/outdoor sports surfacing systems: Laykold Masters 5 and Laykold Masters 8.

We are excited to announce the first installation of the Tennis Ball Courts at Tenafly Racquet Club in Tenafly, NJ is going on now. “We are extremely excited about the new Ace Surface courts we are installing at the Tenafly Racquet Club.  We love being the first tennis facility in the country with tennis courts that are partially made out of recycled tennis balls while being eco-friendly.  Those that found hard courts to be difficult on their hips, knees and back will be pleasantly surprised by the difference the surface will have on their body.  We hope to see other clubs in the country follow our lead in making the sport more enjoyable while helping the environment” said Gordon Uehling, Founder and Managing Director of Tenafly Racquet Club.

For more information on this exciting new program, please visit  . Be sure to stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for updates on the new recycled ball courts at Tenafly!

Charleston Southern University – Phase 1 Gridiron RS+52 Football Field

The project is underway at Charleston Southern University! The university selected the complete APT package for the revamp of Buccaneer Field. Phase 1, going on now, is the installation of an APT Gridiron RS+52 football field. Following the field installation, Phase 2 will be the installation of a Rekortan M99 running track.

Nothing but the best for the Bucs! APT’s football turf has been installed at facilities such as the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice facility in 2013, Chicago Bears’ Walter Payton indoor facility, and the University of Alabama’s Hank Crisp Indoor Football Center. APT’s Rekortan M99 running track has been installed at several Olympic venues, Good Will Games, and has been the official surface of the Penn Relays since 1988!

CSU head coach Jamey Chadwell said, “We chose APT for our field turf because of their stat-of-the-art technology and extensive experience. Their product will allow us to have a playing surface that is of top-notch quality with exceptional performance. I have no doubt in my mind that we will have the best playing surface in the country going forward.” Click here to read what CSU has to say about the project.

Check out the Gridiron field installation pictures below. Remember to stay tuned to APT’s newsfeed and Facebook page for updates on the Rekortan M99 installation at CSU.

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IAAF World Championships – Men’s 400m Final

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa has won the men’s IAAF World Championship 400m final today in Beijing. Van Niekerk’s time was 43.48, with defending champion LaShawn Merritt (43.65) and Kirani James (43.78) close behind. This is the first time in history that three men have gone under 44 seconds in one race!

Van Niekerk has now earned the title of fourth-fastest man in history. This win also brings South Africa the first global victory at the 400m since the 1920 Olympic games.

Read more about this amazing race by clicking here and stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for more track news!

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Kirani James Wins 400m Semifinal in Beijing

Kirani James raced across the finish line with ease today in Beijing for the IAAF World Championship 400m semifinals. Check out the video of his win by clicking here.

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James faces some tough competition in the finals on Wednesday. Check out the competition and their semifinal times below:


We can’t wait to see what the finals brings! Be sure to stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for the latest action from the IAAF World Championships!

Diamond League 400m Update

Machel Cedenio surprised everyone with his amazing come-from-behind victory in Stockholm Sweden a few weeks ago. Check out his story here, along with the race results and list of season leaders.

Stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for more track and field stories, building up to IAAF Worlds!

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