As blue as the Olympic stadium in Berlin …
Rekortan M in Saarbrücken
Anyone with goals usually also has role models they can look to for guidance. Like ATSV in Saarbrücken, for instance, which with about 1,700 members is one of the largest sports clubs in Germany’s fourth smallest state. Under a central government funding initiative, the “Lulustein” sports facility of the City of Saarbrücken was revamped and equipped with our Rekortan M synthetic running track. Colour: Hertha blue. The track was originally supposed to be brick red – but since the club’s colours are blue and recall the eye-catching Hertha blue in Berlin’s Olympic stadium, the club decided to change the colour at its own expense. The necessary finance was collected through a donation campaign.
The Rekortan M is known as a real professional sports surface for athletics stadia, school sports facilities and competition tracks. Poured in situ and impervious to water, the surface is characterised primarily by outstanding acceleration and high tread elasticity. As the granules are dispersed with the tips visible, it lends itself particularly well to spikes. It has already proven its suitability for competition on multiple occasions – worldwide and over many years.
While members, visitors and neighbours were initially rather sceptical as regards the choice of colour, the mood since the installation in April 2020 has been transformed: the Hertha blue is now proving popular across the board, with every single one of the athletes in particular enthusiastic and loving their “blue” track. The club’s management is even talking of the “blue miracle at the Lulustein”.
Polytan SmarTracks, our sophisticated system for digital performance diagnostics, was also installed in the inside lane. In Saarbrücken timing gates are available every 100 metres, allowing precise time measurements whatever the weather and for several athletes simultaneously. A large PolyPlay S multipurpose pitch was also erected at the top end of the running track – in the brick red colour that was originally intended for the track.