Hoboken H.S. track regulation sized?
Here’s a random Hoboken411 reader mail today from Greg. He’s wondering about the Hoboken High School Track:
Am I getting faster?
“I had a random question that I’m really not sure how to answer and was hoping you’d be able to help. My question is if you happen to have any idea if the Hoboken High track is the standard distance? I keep in shape by running/working out but was surprised by my time when I clocked myself running 4 times around the track (usually accepted as a mile). My time was 5mins 33 seconds and while I have run that fast in the past, I haven’t since my own high school days when I was in top shape (not that I’m in bad shape, just having difficulty believing I’m currently that physically fit).
So basically, I have reasons why I do and do not believe that the track distance is the standard 400m per lap. You definitely seem to have your finger on the pulse here in Hoboken, so I would appreciate it if you could help me out.”
So rather than trying to figure out who at city hall would have this kind of statistic (probably no one), I went over to my trusty Google Earth program, and decided to use the “ruler” function to get a rough estimate to see if the track is regulation size.
Assuming the inner-most lane is the standard metric for measurement, Google Earth came up with about 350 meters for one complete lap around the track.
Hopefully, that answers the question!