Rekortan and The Penn Relays Celebrate Historic Milestones this Year

Philadelphia, PA – Two historic names in the track and field world have reached historic milestones in 2019.  Rekortan, the leading name in premium track systems is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and the Penn Relays, America’s oldest and largest track and field competition will have its 125th running this year.  The two legendary icons will come together once again at the event as Rekortan is honored to enter into its 31st consecutive year as the Official Surface of the event.

Held each year during the last week of April, The Penn Relays regularly attract over 100,000 fans during a 3 day period with as many as 50,000 attending on Saturdays. The event will host more than 15,000 participants from High Schools, Colleges and Track Clubs throughout North America and abroad. It is held at the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field, the oldest stadium in the country that functions as both a football and track stadium.

Rekortan is excited to be hosting the Coaches Hospitality Suite during the event.  Head Coaches can enjoy a climate controlled sitting area with a live feed of the relays along with beverages from 9AM to 3PM and light appetizers from 11AM to 3PM. There will be giveaway items for the coaches, samples, and a friendly staff of Rekortan consultants on hand to answer any questions about the leading provider of technologically advanced, premium track systems.

Also at the Hospitality Suite, there will be live demonstrations of Rekortan Smart, the world’s first smart running surface at 9AM, 11AM, and 1PM on Thursday and Friday and additional demonstrations at 9AM and 11AM on Saturday.  With the Rekortan Smart system, the athlete wears a high-tech sensor or smartphone on a waist belt. As soon as the athlete starts to move, the sensor/smartphone begins logging the data. Whenever the athlete passes a magnetic gate, the sensor detects the magnet in the surface as a timing point. This allows motion and time data to be divided into sections between the gates and assessed accordingly. The sensor is able to determine where the athlete is on the surface and it is also able to distinguish between rests and changes in direction. Assessment results allow for more effective training programs. This technology is great for not only athletes, but for coaches and strength and conditioning professionals to develop programs and help prevent injuries.

“We are thrilled to once again be a part of this wonderful event,” said Sydney Stahlbaum, Marketing Director for Rekortan. “We look forward to The Penn Relays each year and celebrating our anniversaries together makes this year even more special.”

The Penn Relays are held annually during the last week of April. The dates for this year’s event are April 25th through the 27th.  A full schedule of events and detailed race times may be found at www.thepennrelays.com

 

About Rekortan:
Designed for the current day athlete, the Rekortan track system is a diverse, world class series of polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. The Rekortan debut in 1969 revolutionized the track world with quality and innovation, forever crowning our systems as “the fast tracks”.  Rekortan is part of the SportGroup, arguably the largest sports surfacing company in the world.

The Magic Behind the Miami Open 2019!

Laykold Transforms the Miami Open from NFL Stadium to Major Tennis Tournament in Record Time!

Laykold has been the official surface provider of the Miami Open for the past 35 years. However, the tournament’s move to Hard Rock Stadium, located in Miami Gardens Florida, a multipurpose NFL Stadium and home to the Miami Dolphins added another level of complexity and time challenges to this high-profile project.

CHALLENGE
This project had four major challenges to overcome:

1. COLORS
The creation of a court color palette that would give the event a distinct Miami flavor, but at the same time deliver against the strict ball visibility requirements of Broadcast and meet player performance standards.

 

 

2. PACE RATING
There was a strong desire for court speed consistency between the venues with a ‘ITF 3 Medium’ Pace-Rating request.

3. STADIUM WITHIN A STADIUM

As the official home of the Miami Dolphins, access to the venue was limited. Three weeks out from the tournament, we only had an asphalt base in stadium for the show courts.

4. TRANSFORMATION OF PARKING
With a requirement for additional courts, a huge transformation of the parking space around the stadium needed to take place. We could not begin installation work on nine of these courts until two months prior to the tournament commencing.

 

APPROACH
Laykold’s approach to delivering this project was technical and consultative to ensure a high performing result under very tight time constraints.

1. COLORS
The color mixing needed to be 100% perfect to ensure accurate matching with existing surfaces. New color recommendations had to be based on Laykold’s understanding of color performance against the environmental conditions in the region.
As a result, Laykold®:
• applied 11 color matches
• explored 24 color combinations
• trialed colors on three test courts
• completed one full court mock-up
Colors were also reviewed by players and tested by Broadcast for TV viewing visibility.

2. PACE RATING
To achieve the desired ‘ITF 3 Medium’ Pace-Rating, Laykold customized our product mix and installation methods to achieve the right ball speed for the tournament.

3. STADIUM WITHIN A STADIUM
With only the asphalt base three weeks prior to tournament starting, a quick turnaround from Team Laykold® and installation partner Fast-
Dry Courts meant the courts were ready in time.

4. TRANSFORMATION OF PARKING
Laykold converted the outdoor parking area at Hard Rock Stadium into 18 practice and 11 tournament courts.
• Nine courts could not be installed until two months prior to tournament starting
• Quick turnaround from Team Laykold® installation partner Fast-Dry Courts
• At conclusion of tournament, courts were transformed back to parking for Hard Rock Stadium.

RESULT:
The Miami Open was successfully delivered as a high end, 5th Major ATP tennis tournament in record time with some of the highest fan attendance in history.
• Player feedback has been very positive around court consistency and speed. With the winner of the tournament Roger Federer saying “I really think it’s actually pretty good.”
• The new Miami Open court colors; Laykold Oasis Blue & Biscayne Blue were the talk of the tournament among tennis enthusiasts and spectators. Perfectly capturing the sea, the sky and the sizzle of ‘hard rock’ tennis.
• Laykold developed new technology, to be employed in 2020, which will allow court coatings to be laid on new asphalt within a reduced time period. This Laykold innovation has been at the heart of Hard Rock Stadium’s ability to deliver the Miami Open and host the 2020 Super Bowl only days apart.

For more information on these amazing new colors, please visit www.laykoldmiamiopen.com