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If we build it, they will run

By Kelly Parsons | 502nd ABW OL-B Public Affairs | July 14, 2010

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Randolph will soon offer another area for active-duty and DoD cardholders to stretch their legs.

Construction began in mid-June on a new quarter-mile outdoor running track. The track will be located off of H Street across from the Rambler Fitness Center on what is now Grater Field.

According to Marlin Richardson, Rambler Fitness Center director, the track is open to all DoD cardholders, however, units doing physical training tests will have priority during PT testing times. In the past, Eberle Park has served as the official location for unit physical training tests.

"The new track will add safety and accuracy to the unit PT tests," said Mr. Richardson.
 
"Runners at Eberle Park have to be aware of cars driving along the road, also, the out-and-back nature of the 1.5 mile running course means that runners can lose valuable time turning around."

Mr. Richardson also noted that a standardized track adds to one's ability to prepare for PT tests.

"Instead of going and running 1.5 miles over and over, a person can do interval training and sprints, which add to cardiovascular capability and help a person improve their speed."

Peggy Hill, 902nd Civil Engineering Squadron civil engineer, says the track is projected to take about six months to complete pending favorable weather.

The area inside the four-lane track will feature a grass field sized for flag football and soccer matches. Lights around the track will ensure activities can continue after the sun sets.

Randolph currently offers runners an indoor track along the perimeter of the second floor in the Rambler Fitness Center, as well as an outdoor paved path which leads runner by the golf course and flight line.