With the 2012 Summer Olympics fully underway, the Men’s Track & Field finals take place this weekend and will feature Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, the three-time Olympic and World Championship gold medalist. In London, he will compete in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, as well as the four-man 100-meter relay. But after a less-than-impressive foray into the London games, one can’t help but wonder if Bolt is missing his custom Regupol track in Kingston, Jamaica.
After shattering two world records on a high-performance “Berlin Blue” Regupol track in the Berlin Olympic Stadium at the World Athletics Championships in 2009, a similar track was installed at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies, Bolt’s training facility in Jamaica. Now referred to as “Bolt Blue,” the athlete has said “I have high expectations of myself and my performance [and] when I run on a Regupol track, I expect the same caliber of excellence. [This track's] quality, uniformity, and comfort ensure that it will deliver the precision performance I’ve come to expect.”
With precision performance top of mind, Contract recently had an opportunity to tour the Regupol facilities and American headquarters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The company’s operations in Amish country hold fast to its Deutsch roots—this is the efficiency and precision of German engineering, applied to athletic surfacing. Sorting, mixing, blending, and curing is executed with economical accuracy, requiring a staff of roughly 30 to command an 86,000-square-foot operation facility and warehouse. Health enthusiasts may be familiar with the resilient flooring featured nationally in Planet Fitness and New York Sports Clubs, yet Bolt’s performance on his signature blue rubber track also exemplifies what top-notch equipment can do for the world’s strongest competing athletes.
All images courtesy of Regupol.