I don’t know what their budget is but if by tum19250



                              RESEAL ASPHALT TRACK

I don’t know what their budget is but if they are going to spend $6,000 on a seal
and paint job they might want to go the whole way and put on a latex track on
top of the existing asphalt. I would guess that the total cost for that would be
around $15,000 - $20,000 including lines. If they are going to stick with the
asphalt then I would seal it with a good grade commercial parking lot sealer then
get a painter that specializes in track work to do the painting. If they are
concerned about the adhesion of tennis shoes to the surface, then you might
have the asphalt company add a couple of tons of silica (white, fine) sand to the
sealer before application. Asphalt companies tend to minimize paint so to have
an ongoing cash flow from repainting so using a track painter would help, but in
my experience 5 years is about all that you can except from a paint job
outdoors. In our area Tuscola followed this plan of using the asphalt track until
funds became available to do the job right and eventually wound up with an
exceptional track facility. I would suggest that Midwest Track Builders (JV
Johnson) be contacted at 847-366-7488 to get the specifications for a correct
sealer rather than just have a paving company do the work. I do not believe
that your common driveway sealer would be appropriate

Ridgeview CUSD #19 in Colfax, IL (McLean County) had its all-weather track
relined and numbered in July 2008. We used Athletic Marking Co., Inc. out of
Palmetto, GA. He was great to work with. His work crew comes out of Marion,
IL. Here is the information on the company, including a website which contains
the names of the Illinois school districts with whom the company has performed
work. You can check with John Wettstein about the question of sealing it or
not. The cost for our six lane track (8-lane for hurdles lanes) was $4,500.00.

Athletic Mar king Co., Inc.

John Wettstein, CT B

7270 Ono Road

Palmetto, GA 30268

Cell: 770-356-2446

Fax: 770- 892-3722

e-mail: wettstein@mindspring.com

Prior to having it relined and renumbered, we had Track Surfaces Company out
of St. Charles, IL come in and make any minor repairs that were needed. They
were great to work with as well and were very reasonable. He came down to
assess and provide an estimate and the returned to do the work.

Aaron Pankoke

Track Surfaces Company

Polyurethane Running Track

42W698 Falcon Lane

St. Charles, IL 60175

Cell: 630-267-7052

Office & Fax: 630-365-2694



Most of my experience is with rubber/asphalt mix, so I don't know about
accuracy of my advice. But, I have thought the traction was usually so poor on
pure asphalt a seal would not change the surface significantly.
Also, I always felt a seal was more for the integrity of the asphalt than the lines.
If you get by with just a paint job - do just that.
If you really want to take the next step, as you have the foundation of the
track in place - find out how much a sport surface company would charge to put
down a 1/4" - 1/2" of rubber/asphalt mix. Then you would have a facility that
would go 10 years - between service calls and you would have a top level facility.
As a younger person I worked for a large contractor that did a great deal of this
kind of work.
The key question you have to ask - is how important is the facility to the quality
of your program. In simpler terms if Track is considered a "big" time activity in
your community, I would strongly consider a new seal/paint job, especially if the
community laid out a great amount of cash a five years ago. But, if is a facility
used mostly for practice and you don't host many meets a track should be able
to go 10 years between each seal/paint job.
Also, is the track pure asphalt or a rubber/asphalt mix? If it is pure asphalt a seal
would do nothing concerning traction, if it is a mix - the contractor needs to
know what they are doing.

We just installed an asphalt track this fall with striping. I was told the reason you
do not seal it is the traction issue. If sealed, the asphalt has a coat over it and
will not have the proper traction. However, if you are looking at topping the
asphalt with a polyurethane or latex top, that’s an entirely different issue (and
costly). Hope this helps.

It's ironic. I just had a similar conversation with my AD this morning. We have a
200m asphalt track. I have someone coming this week to look at our
playground, parking lot and track to make recommendations on what we should
do. I do not want to seal the track, but just repair the larger crack and touch up
the lines in those spots. Our track looks pretty good yet, but is about 9-10 years
old. I'll see what they tell me they recommend.

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