Spec Towns Track
Spec Towns Track

Built: 1964
Named for: Forrest "Spec" Towns
Renovated: 2010
Cost: $3 million

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Corner of Lumpkin & Pinecrest
1 Selig Circle
Athens, GA 30602

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Named in honor of former Georgia track and field legend Forrest "Spec" Towns, the track facility at the University of Georgia is one of the finest in the Southeast.

The Spec Towns Track underwent a $3 million complete renovation following the 2009 season. The 400-meter track features eight 42-inch running lanes, which are BSAF Conipur MX full depth, Polyurethane embedded EPDM wearing layer.

The renovated facility also features two completely re-designed throwing circles with cages, five vaulting areas, four expanded long jump areas, along with two javelin runways, a shot put area, two high jump pits and an underground storm retention drainage system.

In addition, additional spectator seating and viewing areas were added with the renovation to make Spec Towns a more fan-friendly facility. For the safety of the athletes, durable mesh netting was added down both straight-aways to protect from throwing implements.

In preparation for hosting the 1999 Southeastern Conference Championships, several renovations took place during the fall of 1998. The first step was to resurface the track itself. The running surfaces were made of an open-pored Polyurethane and rubber mixture called Rekortan made by the Balsam Corporation. The brick-red Rekortan finish, which is seen today throughout the facility, tops all running lanes and field event areas.

The track was constructed during the summer of 1964 and resurfaced twice previously to 1999, once in 1972 and again in 1981. The surface was ground down to the original asphalt and resurfaced with a Rekortan finish in 1986.

A 1,000 seat grandstand with a press box, restroom and storage facilities was completed in 1987. A fence around the outside of the track ensures the safety and, when necessary, the privacy of athletes during training.

Situated on the far southwestern corner of the University of Georgia athletic complex, Forrest Towns Track has served as the training ground of numerous NCAA champions and Olympic medalists. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gwen Torrence, three-time NCAA shot put champion Brent Noon, four-time NCAA champion and three-time Olympic medalist Debbie Ferguson, three-time NCAA champion, collegiate record holder and two-time Olympian Jenny Dahlgren and three-time NCAA champion and three-time Olympian Andras Haklits are just a sample of the talented former Bulldogs who have called Spec Towns home.

Most recently, the facility located adjacent to Lumpkin Street has been the training grounds for 2010 NCAA indoor 400-meter dash champion Torrin Lawrence, who broke the collegiate indoor 300-meter dash record (32.32) in 2010 and clocked two 400 times of 45.10 or better. Reese Hoffa, who annually hovers around the world's No. 1 spot in the shot put after winning the 2007 World Championships, continues to train with Georgia throws coach Don Babbitt and headlines a group of former UGA standouts who frequent the Spec Towns facility for training.

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