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Repairs completed for track at Thunder Bay Junior High

ALPENA, Mich.– Repairs for the track at Thunder Bay Junior High have finally been completed. The project was approved in late July, taking advantage of multiple state grants to help cover the $258,000 cost. The new track is entirely resurfaced with blacktop and capped with a rubberized material.

Collin Riffert, coach for the boys’ track team at Alpena High School, said these repairs will help ensure runners’ safety.

“It’s gonna mean a lot less leg injuries. We’ve had a lot of shin splints and leg injuries. Running on cement will do that. So this new surface is awesome for the legs. And like I said, a place of pride for our athletes, knowing that they have an awesome facility.”

These were the first repairs made to the track since its installation nearly a decade ago. Prior to the repairs, the concrete was developing trip hazards.