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Base track to close for extensive repairs

Dog days relay held

Second Lt. Jessica Paz, Aerospace Management Systems Division project manager, prepares to tag Col. Riley Piles, Aerospace Management Systems Division senior materiel leader, during the August Dog Days 3 x 1 mile relay race at the base track Aug. 15. The base track will close for repairs beginning Nov. 5 and will continue through June, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The outdoor running track here will be closed for repairs beginning Nov. 5.

Officials expect the project to be completed in June of next year, but explained the scheduled is contingent on weather and temperature.

“The running track has reached the end of its usable life and requires resurfacing before it deteriorates beyond the point of salvage, requiring an extremely costly replacement,” said Jerry Sorensen, Hanscom’s deputy civil engineer in a message to the workforce.

A construction fence will be placed around the perimeter of the work site. The track and inner sports field will be closed to all personnel until the track reopens. The remainder of the park outside the fenced area will remain available for use.

Capt. Shaun Berger, 66th Force Support Squadron Sustainment Services Flight chief, said there are still a number of resources available for patrons who want to run or walk outside.

“There are plenty of safe areas both on and off the installation for anyone looking for outdoor exercise,” said Berger. “We have the track at Castle Park here, as well as a number of routes on the base that vary from one to six miles.”

Berger also noted the Minuteman Bikeway and Minuteman National Park directly outside the installation.

The Hanscom Fitness and Sports Center is another option for patrons. Currently open to active duty, guard and reserve members on active orders, Department of Defense civilians and dependents, there are more than 25 cardio machines available for use.

“We’re seeing minimal wait times at the gym, so there’s plenty of room in our cardio area,” said Berger.

The indoor track will remain closed at this time.

FSS officials are currently finalizing alternate physical fitness assessment locations prior to the Jan. 2021 start date and say Airmen will have ample time to prepare on the designated course.

Workout times must be scheduled in advance by visiting http://www.waitlist.me/w/11690700018. Users should select “Make Reservation,” and enter date and time. Reservations can be made up to one week in advance.