Running is highly recommended by physiotherapists as the constant repetitive movement of the legs is great for cardio and building strength. Similar to the “7 Wonders of the World”, we wanted to have a bit of fun which is why we decided to find some of the world’s most unique running tracks. If you’re looking for something a bit different then check out some of these awesome but irregular surfaces.
The 3D Track in Alicante, Spain
Kudos to Spain who now have one of the world’s first 3D track which was built by the Subarquitectura Architects. The track is your typical 400m track with a twist. These Spanish architects wanted to pay homage to sporting pioneers who were not afraid of trying new things, therefore this track comes with an elevated three-dimensional hill. Runners now have the option to run the conventional way, or practice strength training on the 3D hill.
The Rooftop Track in Zhejiang, China
As of 2013, the population in China 1.357 billion, which means that there isn’t a lot of space to run in the most populated place on the earth. Architects solved this problem by building the first ever elementary school rooftop track. This 200m track located on the roof of an elementary school meets the physical needs of the 1,600 students and this unique idea beats a conventional track any day.
Morinomiya Q’s Mall in Osaka, Japan
Japanese researchers realized that the mall is a great place not only to shop but to hang out, especially for teens. They decided to build a mall with a 300M running track which encourages physical activity amongst shoppers. In addition to this unique 300M track, this facility is also equipped with 2 Futsal courts, making it a paradise for those who like to get active.
The Street Running Track in Graz, Austria
Architects in Austria wanted to make their streets a bit more running-friendly therefore they converted a street into a 750m track. Residents now have the option to run or drive on this unique track that has won many awards for its unique features.
The Rectangle Track in Tonghue, China
Construction workers were running behind schedule on construction for a track in the city why is why they decided to cut corners, literally. Instead of building a standard track with curves, these construction workers built a rectangular track which they stated was faster than a traditional track. Curves on a track have a tendency to create more speed but on this rectangular track, runners are forced to slow down.
The Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Built in 1973, this men’s-only gym in Toronto features a 160m rooftop track (10 laps to complete a mile). What’s unique about this track is that it sits above 12 storeys and offers spectacular city views, including City Hall which is an architectural masterpiece.
The University of Southern Denmark Track in Odense, Denmark
Experts at the University of Southern Denmark wanted to abandon tradition when constructing a track, therefore they ignored ideas for creating a regular track and went for something a bit more wacky. This award-winning track is built in a figure-eight shape with built-in LED lights designed to gauge the progress of runners. To make things a bit more unique, they also built a beach and barbeque area within the track, making it a great place to get fit and party.
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