Back the Track raising money to resurface Austin High track

(USE THIS PHOTO ON JUMP) John Conley, former director of the Austin Marathon, caught a flesh eating bacteria while vacationing in Hawaii earlier this year. He's back in Austin and recovering from multiple surgeries on his leg by walking on the track at Austin High School, where he has been running for over 25 years. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
John Conley, former director of the Austin Marathon, has been training on the Austin High track for more than 25 years. A group called Back the Track is trying to raise money to resurface the oval. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

The Austin running community is teaming with Austin schools to raise money to resurface and renovate the track at Austin High School.

The track, which is open to the public, has long been popular with runners, athletes and students eager to log mileage on its cushioned, quarter-mile oval. But organizers of a group called Back the Track say the poor condition of the track’s surface makes it unsafe for use.

The public/private partnership is looking for businesses and individuals to donate to help fund repairs. Group leaders already have enlisted an architect to begin the design process, but more money is needed to complete the plans and pay for construction.

The track’s location next to Lady Bird Lake and the Roy and Ann Butler Hike and Bike Trail make it a hub of fitness in Austin. Running groups, elite athletes like Olympians Leo Manzano and Lennie Waite, and former Austin Marathon director John Conley all use it regularly.

For more information or to donate, go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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