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 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 www.tennisballcourts.com  . Be sure to stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for updates on the new recycled ball courts at Tenafly!