Tracks in the Triad: Here's where you can run and walk

Tracks in the Triad: Here's where you can run and walk
The track at Grimsley High School in Greensboro.
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Runners and walkers in Guilford County can find no shortage of lined, 400-meter ovals for exercise or workouts that call for precise measurements and are devoid of cars. Seventeen tracks at high schools or elsewhere are available inside the county.

Guilford County Schools is serving as a strong running community supporter with this number of tracks available, but a reminder: Tracks are generally not open during school hours and aren't available when students are using those facilities.

Runners in Forsyth County are less fortunate. The Bob Sosnik Track at Winston-Salem's Hanes Park is open to the public except during Reynolds track and field and cross country team activities, and a track at Happy Hill Park is available. But ovals at the high schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system are open only when school employees are performing maintenance, such as mowing grass or painting lines on the fields.

A listing of the available tracks in the two Triad counties, and I'm grateful for the information for high schools gathered by the Guilford County Schools communications office's Nora Shoptaw and county athletics director Leigh Hebbard.

Gibsonville

Eastern Guilford High School

Where: 415 Peeden Dr.

When: Daily.

Notable: Closed when in use for school activities. Bicycles, skateboards and other equipment prohibited.


Greensboro

Dudley High School

Where: 1200 Lincoln St.

When: Daily.

Notable: Closed when in use for school activities

Grimsley High School

Where: 801 N. Josephine Boyd St.

When: Noon-until.

Notable: Closed when in use for school activities.

Irwin Belk Track

Where: Inside Truist Stadium, Sullivan and Lindsay streets, A&T campus.

When: Daily.

Notable: By far, the area’s finest and fastest 400 meters. The university's athletics department has recently replaced the Mondo surface, part of a $1.3 million renovation.

Kernodle Middle School

Where: 3600 Drawbridge Parkway, Greensboro.

When: Daily, but not available during school hours.

Northern Guilford High School

Where: 7101 Spencer-Dixon Road.

When: During the day when school is not in session.

Notable: The track is locked after hours, on weekends and during school hours.

Northwest Guilford High School

Where: 5240 Northwest School Road.

When: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (or sundown).

Notable: No restrictions except during seasons.

Page High School

Where: 201 Alma Pinnix Dr.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Smith High School

Where: 2407 S. Holden Road.

When: After 5 p.m. daily.

Notable: Closed when in use for school activities.

Southeast Guilford High School

Where: 4530 Southeast School Road.

When: Daily.

Notable: Closed during home contests; lane 1 is open during during most practices.

Southern Guilford High School

Where: 5700 Drake Road.

When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. unless gates are locked.

Notable: Gates are locked on weekends.

Western Guilford High School

Where: 409 Friendway Road.

When: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Notable: Closed when in use for school activities.


High Point

Aderholt Track

Where: High Point Athletic Complex, 2920 School Park Road.

When: 5 a.m.-11 p.m.

Notable: The track is part of a lighted facility that includes fields for baseball, soccer and football.

High Point Central High School

Where: 801 Ferndale Blvd.

When: Sunrise-sunset.

Southwest Guilford High School

Where: 4364 Barrow Road.

When: Daily.

Notable: Closed when in use for school activities.


Jamestown

Ragsdale High School

Where: 1000 Lucy Ragsdale Dr.

When: Until about 7 p.m. most days.

Notable: No weekend access.


McLeansville

Northeast Guilford High School

Where: 6700 McLeansville Road.

When: Daily.

Notable: Generally open during school hours; locked in evenings.


Winston-Salem

The Bob Sonik Track at Hanes Park.

Bob Sosnik Track at Hanes Park

Where: 1404 W. Northwest Blvd.

When: Daily.

Notable: Track is not available when in use by the Reynolds High School track and field or cross country teams

Happy Hill Park

Where: 1230 Alder St.

Notable: A City of Winston-Salem facility.