Cinder track

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Equipment used for putting chalk lines on a cinder track.
Billy Mills winning the 10,000 metres at the 1964 Summer Olympics, the last Olympics to be held on a cinder track

A cinder track is a type of race track, generally purposed for athletics or horse racing, whose surface is composed of cinders. For running tracks, most cinder surfaces have been replaced by all-weather synthetic surfaces, which provide greater durability, more consistent results, and are less stressful on runners. The impact on performance as a result of differing track surfaces is a topic often raised when comparing athletes from different eras.[1][2]

Synthetic tracks emerged in the late 1960s; the 1964 Olympics were the last to use a cinder track. [3]

The Little 500 bicycle race at Indiana University is still run annually on a cinder track.


  1. ^ "cinder-track vs. all-weather track times". Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Track & Field News • View topic - Kip Keino's 3.34.9 at altitude 1968". Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  3. ^ - Tokyo 1964 - accessed 2011-08-09