Looking for your new favorite running spot in Buenos Aires? Look no further, because as of January 2018, the Rubén Darío park, in Recoleta (where the Fine Arts Museum is), will have a brand new 1,280 meter running track (.795 miles for those of you who still refuse to join the metric system).
Instead of just painting a line on the pavement and drawing a picture of a runner on one side, the board of Commune Number 2 (that’s what Recoleta is called, you know) decided to spend 17 million pesos (roughly US $1 million) on an authentic synthetic running track.
Every day, hundreds of porteños use the area to run and play sports. However, the park was not designed for these purposes, so runners are forced to either run on the concrete, which is terrible for your knees, or run on the grass, which wears down the lawn. In both of these cases, joggers constantly have to look out for cyclists and pedestrians and vice versa, and that doesn’t usually end well.
This won’t just be your everyday outdoor running track. Part of the project also includes the installation of a “Sports Performance Monitoring System” in the park.
What is a “Sports Performance Monitoring System?” Don’t worry, it is much simpler than it sounds.
A combination of sensors in the ground and in the air above the track will allow runners to track their distance, time, speed, and pace. To connect to the sensors, runners just need to wear a bracelet that contains a special chip. Near the center of the park, there will be a “totem pole” with a touch screen that allows runners to check their personal data.
15,000 of these bracelets will be distributed, free of charge, to residents of Recoleta who want one.
In the interest of preventing injuries, the track will be made from a special synthetic material that eases the impact of running. Special areas for stretching and other aerobic exercises will also be designated.
The track will be built around the perimeter of the park, running along the avenues of Figueroa Alcorta, Pueyrredón, Libertador, and Austria.
Work is expected to start next month, and should be completed by the end of January 2018.