Getting athletic tracks post-Covid ready with Australian Made Rekortan

As Australia is preparing to resurface from COVID-19, track venues around the world are starting to spring back into action. The sport facilities that are the heartbeat of so many communities are coming to life again, but it has been a challenging time for the health of our cities, schools and stadia. With so many running tracks laying dormant due to the pandemic, many have likely not been well maintained and may have deteriorated.

This is why, as Australia starts to resurface from COVID-19, now could be the ideal time to resurface your track. By resurfacing your track, you not only improve the quality, safety and performance, but you could give your track another 10 years of life!

1972 Munich Olympics

Sport Group’s leading track brand, Rekortan, debuted in 1969 and has dominated the track scene worldwide ever since. As the original track brand Rekortan is installed in hundreds of facilities worldwide including Olympic stadiums in Munich, Los Angeles and Berlin, as well as Diamond League event stadiums such Qatar Sports Club in Doha and the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in Sweden.

As part of the global Sport Group company, Polytan Asia Pacific based in Melbourne, has installed Australian made Rekortan at many of Asia Pacific’s leading athletic stadiums including Sydney Olympic Park, Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne and New Clark City Sports Hub in the Philippines – home of the 2019 South East Asia Games.

Polytan Asia Pacific provides a track re-topping option optimised to reduce the time and budget pressure on track projects. In 2017, Polytan Asia Pacific resurfaced the Kerryn McCann Athletics Track in Wollongong, changing its colour from red to blue and extending its lifespan beyond 30 years.

Kerryn McCann Athletics Track in Wollongong

But along with improving the longevity of your community’s favourite track, there are many other important reasons to consider resurfacing athletics tracks.

Re-surfacing your existing track before a full-depth replacement is necessary and could cost up to 50% less – saving you money without compromising on performance.

Polytan’s Rekortan Gel tracks are made from 88% renewable materials. These green credentials become even more sustainable when the product lifetime is extended. Re-topping the existing track components has a much lower environmental cost.

Re-surfacing an old track immediately improves the athlete experience. It restores cushioning, provides optimal force reduction on athlete joints and removes any cracks and loose crumbs which could lead to falls and injuries.

Stockholm Olympic Stadium

As well as giving you back years in lifespan, re-topping takes your track out of commission for less than a week. If new asphalt is required, completely replacing your track takes at least 30 days. On average, re-topping ensures that your venue is up and running again 5 times sooner.

Re-topping your track can keep it running for an additional 7-10 years. In conjunction with the correct maintenance, a Rekortan resurface can give your track a lifespan of over 30 years.

A Smart Decision
Rekortan tracks can be re-topped with Polytan’s unique SMART technology. The magnetic gates embedded in the track connect to a sensor worn by the athlete, providing them with advanced diagnostic information on force, agility, speed and endurance.

Everyone Is Doing It!
From Diamond League and elite World Athletics venues to top state tracks, Rekortan re-surfaces happen at hundreds of venues each year.

Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne

As the leading company dedicated to the design, construction, manufacture, installation and maintenance of synthetic sports surfaces, Polytan is committed to making sport.
Polytan holds a unique position in the market. Being a part of Sport Group – the world’s largest business dedicated to sports surfaces, Polytan and its customers benefit from the Group’s fully integrated global supply chain. This means Polytan delivers unmatched quality control and complete customer transparency.
Rekortan track systems are manufactured in Australia at Polytan’s sister company, APT Asia Pacific’s ISO certified manufacturing plant in Melbourne.
Polytan surfaces comply with national and international standards for major sporting codes including FIFA, FIH, World Rugby, World Athletics, AFL and Cricket Australia.
Polytan is committed to bringing people and communities together through sport, from Olympic athletes through to grassroots superstars.
To find out more about Polytan’s services or surfaces visit or contact 1800 663 812.

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