Ribbon Cut on New High-performance Track

By Michael Smith ‘11
Public Affairs Intern

On January 21, Assumption cut the ribbon on a new high-performance indoor track in the Plourde Recreation Center on campus. The track’s new Mondo Super X surface is made of the same materials that supported athletes from more than 100 nations competing in the summer Olympics.

“When we assessed the condition of the old track, we noticed that there were two areas we needed to focus on,” said Jaron Rider, director of recreation. “It was very slick, especially when wet, and running on it wasn't particularly good for the knees and the joints. We looked for a surfacing product that would have a good energy return to reduce knee and joint impact and something that would offer a surface that was less slick.”

Assumption’s new high-performance track is highly durable and should stand up to heavy use for many years to come. The multiple-density surface drains and dries quickly and has a cushioned high shock absorption surface to provide comfort and help runners fight for that extra mile.

At the ribbon cutting, President Francesco Cesareo noted the importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which the new track will support. The College continuously looks for ways to improve its facilities and provide the campus community with the tools essential to wellness.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Assumption kicked off the opening of the track with a “race.” Participants included Dean of Students Bob Ravenelle, Michele Aubin from the Provost’s office, Prof. Michele Lemons, and student Will Skelton. The ribbon was cut and the racers were off, marking this promising new track and yet another great addition to the Plourde recreation center.

A video of the race is posted below.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews