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January 13, 2009

Revised Jan. 20, 2010

Smith College Opens Indoor Track for Walking and Running

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Area residents can take refuge from the early morning cold for their exercise regimens at the Smith College Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT) facility, which is open to the public for walking and running, from 6 to 8 a.m., weekdays, now through March, or until the snow melts.

The track inside the ITT is 200 meters in circumference—seven laps around the outside lane equals one mile. A surface of hard rubber covers the entire floor, including the track, and provides a cushion that can reduce stress on the body. The ITT is the only track in the area with such a surface.

Participants must enter and leave the ITT only through the glass doors at the facility’s entrance and may not go beyond the ITT track area. Also, they will be required to wear clean shoes on the track and are encouraged to use proper footwear and change directions frequently while walking or running. The track will be monitored during the open hours.

Participants in the program will be allowed to park in the Ainsworth parking lot, provided they leave by 8 a.m. The parking lot is located on the lower section of College Lane.

Cancellation due to inclement weather will occur when the Northampton public schools close.

For additional information, contact Theresa Collins at (413) 585-2710.

Office of College Relations
Smith College
Garrison Hall
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

Marti Hobbes
News Assistant
T (413) 585-2190
F (413) 585-2174

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