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.