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

Atlanta Track Club Installs Rekortan Smart Sports Surface Technology

Atlanta, GA – Rekortan and SportGroup have been working with system developers, Humotion GmbH, to create an exclusive contract for an intelligent sports surface technology. This smart technology provides professional athletes, ambitious runners and anyone who wants the perfect solution for recording and documenting their run and sprint times. Using state-of-the-art sensor technology combined with magnetic gates, all key parameters are logged.  This includes distance, running times and splits as well as measuring the number, lengths and frequencies of each step of an athlete through each gate.

With this 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.

These smart surfaces can be installed in new or existing tracks, and can also be used for turf applications. Rekortan has an option of mobile gates that do not need to be integrated into the surface and can be placed anywhere to conduct performance testing. With Rekortan Smart’s mobile timing gates, you can take your gates with you wherever you are – the playing field, practice field, gym, or backyard.

The Atlanta Track Club is the first to have a Rekortan Smart installation in the United States currently. Cheney Stadium was originally a prefabricated rubber track surface that has being updated to a Rekortan Resurface System. Guy Thomas, Director of Track Operations for AstroTurf & Rekortan, took the lead for this installation which was being retrofitted into the existing track. With help from Nagle Athletic Surfacing’s, Matt Synder, together they installed 54 magnetic rods into Cheney Stadium. The installation process was fairly quick taking only one day to complete. Every installation, once completed, includes an in-person instruction on how to use the diagnostics software and sensors. Trevor Merkosky, with Advanced Polymer Technology, attended this event along with Johannes Rosenmoeller (CEO) and Stefan Berkow, of Humotion GmbH. During this event, Trevor and Stefan gave a presentation of how to use the Smart technology. During the presentation they demonstrated how to wear the sensor, how to perform the tests/running through the magnetic gates, and then how to view all the data using the diagnostic software. The event had a very successful turnout with Coaches and athletes from all around the area that came to learn about the technology and ask questions.  For more information on Rekortan Smart, please contact Trevor Merkosky at 724-452-3920 or Merkosky@advpolytech.com

 

*Pictured: Stefan Berkow (grey sweats), Trevor Merkosky (black jacket w/ laptop) and Rob Mullett (ATL Track Club). Rob volunteered to demonstrate the smart technology during a 100m run.
Pictured: Rekortan Smart magnet layout of Cheney Stadium.

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.

APT Welcomes Randy Futty as General Manager of Laykold

Harmony, PA – APT is proud to welcome Randy Futty to its staff as General Manager of Laykold. Randy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Laykold team.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities as the General Manager of Laykold Sports Surfaces, Randy manages domestic relationships with the USTA, USPTA and PTR, USAPA, ITA, ASBA, NRPA and a number of sports’ governing bodies and industry organizations.

He is past chairman of the USTA National Technical Committee and a current member of the USTA Tennis in the Parks Committee.  He has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Sports Builders Association for the past 15 years and been involved with all facets of court construction and court surfacing materials manufacturing over his 27 years in the tennis business.  Before joining Laykold Sports Surfaces, he spent over 20 years with Har-Tru Sports, Connor Sport Court International, and California Sports Surfaces.

A speaker at dozens of industry events and seminars throughout North American over the past two decades, Randy has helped thousands of people in the tennis industry through the transfer of knowledge and hands-on encounters.

These efforts and others were recognized with the selection of Randy as the Tennis Industry Magazine National Service Award in 2016.

An active USTA league player, he lives and works out of his home near Charlottesville, VA with his wife Laura, and his two daughters; Megan and Emily.

APT’s staff and partner network are thrilled to bring Randy to Team Laykold!

About Laykold: Laykold is the choice of premier tennis facilities across the world, and is also widely used for all-weather courts for pickleball, basketball, futsal and more. Laykold has been the official surface of the Miami Open since 1984, the NY Open, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play. Laykold systems are court surfaces that can be customized to achieve the desired performance, playability and appearance. The Laykold and Laykold Masters line include a wide variety of hard court and cushion court systems to meet your specific needs.

 

Laykold – Proud Surface of the Charlotte Hornets Legacy Project

Laykold was proud to take part, as the official surface, in the Charlotte Hornets Legacy Project powered by Lowe’s dedication ceremony, Tuesday October 9th, in Charlotte, NC.

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Team Laykold staff and longtime installation partner Court One (NC) had the pleasure of being courtside for the ceremony.  Team Laykold did a fantastic job of carrying the torch with the Laykold brand for Michael Jordan and the Hornets Legacy Project, “Swarm to Serve”, which is dedicated to inspiring youth.  The initial project in 2016 also featured a Laykold court.

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This year’s project consisted of seven courts, with the feature court under a pavilion.  The Laykold courts have custom purple and aqua lanes, on grey play areas.  All outside Laykold courts also have custom purple perimeters.  Team Laykold representative Craig Clements said, “Everyone raved about the feature Laykold court… it certainly has the wow factor!”

On hand for the dedication were newly appointed Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison, newly elected Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Hornets management, players, and cheerleaders, Charlotte Parks& Rec, as well as the local high school band and cheerleaders.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the 200+ kids in attendance had the opportunity to go through shooting and dribbling drills with the Hornets players on the Laykold court.  Team Laykold was thrilled to take part in such an incredible experience for the children of Charlotte NC!

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Laykold – Advancing communities around the globe!

Laykold Joins Wilson and Recycle Balls Initiative

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WILSON SPORTING GOODS AND RECYCLEBALLS TEAM UP TO RECYCLE 20 MILLION TENNIS BALLS OVER NEXT THREE YEARS

 

CHICAGO and Burlington, VT, October 16, 2018Wilson Sporting Goods Co., and RecycleBalls announced today they are partnering to collect, recycle, and repurpose tennis balls across the United States. RecycleBalls is a non-profit organization founded in 2014, with the goal of collecting and recycling the 125 million tennis balls that end up in US landfills each year and then converting these tennis balls into innovative and sustainable products. The Wilson/RecycleBalls partnership aims to recycle 20 million tennis balls in the U.S. over the next three years.

“This program with RecycleBalls gives our brand and players a truly viable way to make our communities and our sport better,” said Kyle Schlegel, Global Marketing Director, Wilson Racquet Sports. “We chose to work with the RecycleBalls team as their passion for sustainability in the game matched our own, and they have spent the past several years building a strong infrastructure, operations system, and outreach programs to make recycling and repurposing tennis balls a reality.”

“Wilson and RecycleBalls are making a commitment to keep tennis balls out of landfills and repurposing them into socially relevant products like tennis courts, playgrounds, turf, and more,” said Derrick Senior, Founder of RecycleBalls. “What started as a mission my son and I shared is, with Wilson Sporting Goods’ help, becoming a nationally recognized and adopted program. To date, our growing partner network, which has nearly 650 members, has kept nearly one million tennis balls out of US landfills.”

The newest member of the RecycleBalls partner network is Sport Group, the world’s largest sports surface manufacturer. Sport Group will use recycled tennis ball material in their Laykold Masters tennis courts.

“I am delighted that Sport Group has come on board with their Laykold court brand, which is one of the most well-known brands in the game,” added Senior. “It is a great story for tennis – the balls go from bouncing on the court to being used in the court.”

RecycleBalls offers a cost-effective solution for partner facilities and organizations by providing specialized bins for the collection of tennis ball donations at clubs and public facilities nationwide. These bins are placed directly on tennis courts, giving players a convenient way to be part of the solution.

All donation bins double as a shipping box with conveniently attached prepaid UPS shipping labels. When full, UPS picks up the containers and delivers them to Recycleballs. Partners receive RecycleBalls’ tax-deductible donation receipts for all donated balls.

When tennis balls arrive at RecycleBalls’ Vermont facility, the non-profit removes the felt and grinds the balls into RecycleBalls Green-Gold, a natural crumb rubber mixture that is 99 percent felt-free. This mixture is then provided to partner organizations to create new, sustainable products such as Laykold tennis courts.

Tennis players and enthusiasts are invited to participate in this innovative program through their own tennis ball collection efforts or via donations to help fund RecycleBalls’ mission. For individuals wishing to recycle tennis balls, RecycleBalls provides online shipping labels along with a tax deductible donation receipt. For more information on ways to become involved, please visit www.recycleballs.org.

 

 

ABOUT WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO. Wilson

Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance sports equipment, apparel, and accessories. Wilson is the global leader in performance tennis and uses player insights to develop products that push tennis equipment innovation into new territories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century.

 

ABOUT RECYCLEBALLS RecycleBalls

South Burlington, Vermont-based RecycleBalls is non-profit spearheading a first-of-its-kind positive change for U.S. tennis with its mission to recycle all tennis balls in the country.  Through a growing network of partners and individuals, RecycleBalls has pioneered a nationwide collection, recycling, and repurposing solution.  More information is available at www.recycleballs.org.

 

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Media contacts:

KRISTINA PETERSON-LOHMAN

Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Kristina.peterson-lohman@wilson.com

 

DERRICK SENIOR

Recycleballs.org

dsenior@recycleballs.org

Sport Group to Grow Brands – New Group Marketing Director

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Sport Group CEO, Frank Dittrich, recently announced the hiring of Richard Tattershaw in the newly created role of Group Marketing Director for the world’s largest business dedicated to sport surfaces.

This is part of Sport Group’s mission to transform the business of sport and space which will be delivered by an integrated global value chain, technology leaps, knowledge sharing and strong brands that deliver customer excitement and confidence.

Sport Group’s brands such as AstroTurf, Polytan, Melos, Rekortan and SYNLawn are leaders in all major global markets and are the choice of the Olympics and FIFA.

Sport Group is investing in Laykold as the group’s global court brand, a category in the industry that has suffered from limited innovation over the years. Laykold’s gel courts are a technology leap and the brand is helping deliver customer ambitions by transforming the Hard Rock Stadium into the new home of the Miami Open.

For more information, please visit www.sportgroup-holding.com

Eric Haslow Joins APT

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Recently joining Advanced Polymer Technology (APT), a member of Sport Group, is Eric Haslow as Director of Business Development.

APT is a global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials and acrylic coatings for the sports and protective coatings market.  And as a member of Sport Group, APT is connected to a portfolio of world renowned brands which are unmatched in performance and high quality.

Eric brings 20+ years’ experience in sports and commercial surfacing, having worked for several globally respected manufacturers, such as Connor Sports, Tarkett, Gerflor, and TOLI.  His experience with manufacturing and product development has consistently generated growth, while continually building successful product lines and brands.  Eric’s history of interacting with and managing sales channels, as well as creating new market paths via B2B and B2C experiences, is a welcome addition to the global brands within APT and Sport Group.

SportGroup Acquisition of Nagel Athletic Surfaces

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EAST SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – SportGroup is pleased to announce the acquisition of Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc., a prominent track and outdoor court installation specialist based in East Syracuse, NY.  Nagle joins the SportGroup family of companies, which includes AstroTurf, APT – Advanced Polymer Technology, Polytan, SYNLawn, Melos, and more.  The sale was finalized on July 31, 2018.

The Nagle acquisition marks a significant investment in the Rekortan and Laykold brands and commitment to the track and outdoor court industry.

Designed for the modern elite athlete, Rekortan is a diverse, world class series of polyurethane running tracks that is unmatched in quality and performance. As SportGroup’s flagship running track brand, Rekortan has helped SportGroup earn more Class 1 and Class 2 IAAF certifications than any competitor across the globe.

Heard Smith, CEO of SportGroup North America, said, “Nagle Athletic Surfaces has built a leading reputation for itself as a top-tier track, outdoor court, and E-Layer® installer over the last 25 years.  They are an invaluable addition to AstroTurf, Rekortan, Laykold and SportGroup as a whole in North America.”

Paul Nagle of Nagle Athletic Surfaces stated, “Nagle is excited to join SportGroup and to offer the Rekortan brand.  Since the 1960s Rekortan has been known as the surface of choice for elite competitions around the globe.  Our clients will benefit from cutting edge chemistry, pure raw materials, and exceptional installation quality.” Paul Nagle will continue as CEO of Nagle Athletic Surfaces and operations will remain in East Syracuse, NY.

AstroTurf and Nagle will leverage turf and track synergies to provide high performance athletic surfaces throughout the Northeastern United States.

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About AstroTurf®
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. Now powered by SportGroup, the brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf and running track systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.

About Nagle Athletic Surfaces
As a premier installer of athletic surfaces with over 100 years of combined management experience, including two inhouse ASBA-Certified Track Builders, institutions across the northeast trust and rely on Nagle as a valued partner. Visit Nagle’s website at www.nagleathletic.com to learn more.

Rekortan Celebrates 30 Years as the Official Surface of The Penn Relays!

There really aren’t that many things that have been around the track and field world as long as Rekortan but The Penn Relays is the great grandfather of them all.  It is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, occurring annually since 1895.

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.

The track at Franklin Field also has a historic background. It is a Rekortan track. When Rekortan debuted in 1969, it took the track world by storm with its innovation and performance – quickly earning the reputation as the “fast tracks”.  Over 4 decades later, Rekortan tracks not only carry on speed and tradition, they completely redefine it. The most advanced running surfaces in the world, Rekortan systems are simply unmatched for quality, technology, and of course, pure, blinding speed.

Rekortan has been a proud to be the official surface of The Penn Relays since 1988 when their first system was installed at Franklin Field. Every year since, the relays have been run on a Rekortan surface and countless records have been broken on this track that has a reputation for consistency and dependability.

The most recent installation of the surface occurred in 2015 when an exclusive Rekortan distributor, ATT Sports Inc., installed a Rekortan M99 System. The M99 track is a 15mm, impermeable, full pour system featuring three layers: a self-leveling fluid applied polyurethane coat, an innovative central force-reduction layer, and a fluid applied polyurethane topcoat with a dense matrix or broadcast EPDM rubber granule with no solvents or filler added. The system is fast for sprinters and kind to endurance athletes.

“It’s exciting to know that our track is under the soles of world-class athletes and that it is the preferred surface of The Penn Relays”, said Heard Smith, CEO of SportGroup North America. “We look forward to this event each year and celebrating 30 years as a sponsor makes this year even more special.”

The 2018 Penn Relays will be held Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28. Thursday, April 26 will feature High School Girls, College Women and Nighttime Distance Races
Friday, April 27 will feature High School Boys & Girls, College Men & Women and Olympic Development Races.  Saturday, April 28 will feature College Men & Women, High School Boys and USA vs. The World Races. A full schedule of events and detailed race times may be found at www.thepennrelays.com

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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.