Putting Old Tires Back on Track

Finding new uses for old tires is a growing trend as the country seeks solutions for one of its tougher waste problems. Used tires have been among the largest and most problematic sources of waste because of the large volume produced -- 250 million generated in the U.S. each year -- and their durability.

In the case of Competition Athletic Surfaces, Inc. the common denominator is the use of recycled tires.

Court Construction & Maintenance Guide

By Mary Helen Sprecher

Racquet Sports
March 1, 2007

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding what tennis court accessories and amenities to add.

Anyone who has ever wandered the showroom of a car dealership knows the difference between the base model and the one with all the latest options and extras. And they sure know which one is more fun to drive.

A tennis court can be like that. It can include just the basic necessities, or it can involve spending a little more and choosing those things that punch up the experience a few notches.

Making choices can be pretty confusing. You might have thought that once you've selected a court surface, the rest of the decisions flow naturally. Well, yes and no. The choice of a surface (acrylic-coated asphalt or concrete, cushioned, sand-filled turf, modular, clay or fast-dry material) does tend to dictate some of the types of options and extras a court will have.

Scratching the Surface

By Allison Gorman

An athletic facilities builder hits its stride


Competition Athletic Surfaces attracted national attention in 2005 for its role in changing the color scheme of the tennis courts at the U.S. Open from standard green to blue and green.

The alteration garnered critical acclaim not just for helping fans follow the on-court action but also for giving America’s top professional tennis event a signature new look. But Competition is about more than just U.S. Open acclaim.

Paving industry veterans Lee Murray, Steve Clift and Mike Gregory founded the company in 2000, resurfacing tracks and tennis courts and reaching $400,000 in first-year sales. Even then, they saw untapped potential in ground-up construction of outdoor athletic facilities, including peripheral structures like sidewalks, fencing and infield turf.

Competition Athletic Surfaces Installs Rooftop Track At UnumProvident

posted February 8, 2006
Unum Roof
Up on the roof.

Installing a seventh of a mile walking track for UnumProvident Corp. has Competition Athletic Surfaces moving up in the world.

The Chattanooga athletic surfacing company specializes in building, resurfacing and repairing running tracks and tennis courts across the Southeast - and does so with notable success, growing from sales of $400,000 to over $3 million since 2000.

A Complete Guide To Selecting The Right Sports Surface

By Margaret Ahrweiler

The idea of a floor, on the surface, seems pretty simple: something to stand on. Outside, it meant grass or dirt. Add sports and recreation into the mix, though, and it becomes something to stand on, run on, jump on, sit on, roll on, bounce on, fall on, race on, dance on, meet on.

More complicated yet, every year seems to bring a new sport or fitness with new flooring requirements: Did planners have to worry about Pilates or inline hockey needs 20 years ago? On top of that, dozens of different manufacturers, each with an array of products, compete for a slice of the sports surface pie.

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