Spike Recommendations From Mondo

May 19, 2017

Prior to the Pan American Games in Toronto, Adidas and Mondo became aware of some misconceptions that surfaced regarding compression spikes. Sponsored athletes competing in the Pan Am Games were notified that they were at risk of not being able to use their sponsor-provided gear in races due to falsely founded track regulations. Specifically, there was concern that the runners’ spikes would cause damage to the track.

Fortunately, track officials contacted Mondo America Inc. as well as regulatory associates and confirmed the proper "safe" spike recommendations before the events started. As a result, the current compression spikes being used by these athletes were allowed for all relevant running events.

As written in one of the company’s key bulletins on use of their track surfaces, “Mondo recommends the use of compression tipped ultra-lite ceramic spikes as manufactured by Omni-Lite.” The company states that failure to use recommended spikes may damage and void the facility’s track warranty.

Omni-Lite’s “ceramic” (X-mas tree) compression spikes are designed specifically to prevent cutting or tearing to synthetic tracks while providing optimal performance to the runner. Compression Spikes are designed to compress rather than cut the track.

Below are the spike recommendations for use on Mondo’s Super X and Montrack.

Omni-Lite is the leading manufacturer of advanced ceramic track and field spikes. Omni-Lite’s most popular spikes—the Pyramid and X-mas tree—have been used at collegiate and Olympic levels since the early 90’s.


Spike Recommendations For SUPER X And Mondotrack

Both Mondo’s Super X and Mondotrack surfacing products can be used with track spikes. The Mondo Surface Specified must meet a minimum thickness of 3/8 inches (10 MM) for use of track spikes.

While Mondo’s Super X and Mondotrack products can be used with track spikes, it is understood that spike use will play a role on the track’s wear patterns, and will be more prominent in high stress areas and/or with time and use. The “Best Practices” suggested herein are provided to help ensure optimal performance and results under these conditions.

NCAA, IAAF and USATF regulations notwithstanding, Mondo believes that the length and shape of spikes allowed should be controlled as part of good facility management.


Spike Types

There are three main types of spikes: Pyramid, Needle (Pin) and Compression Tier (Christmas Tree). The Pyramid and Compression Tier Spikes are permitted for use with SUPER X AND Mondotrack Rubber Surfaces, but needle spikes should be avoided.

Omni-Lite Pyramid spikes are surely the most common type of compression spikes in use these days. They are cone shaped with a wider base that narrows down to a blunt point. They are constructed for traction and efficiency, as they compress the track material upon contact.

While Compression Tier spikes (Christmas Tree) are still somewhat conical in shape, they vary from the pyramid spikes due to their tiered construction and flat tip. They were designed to further compress the track rather than to penetrate it. They work well with rubber tracks, as they use the track’s memory (resiliency) for greater energy return to the athlete after compression.

Needle spikes have a narrower body and a very sharp point that will penetrate the track material and consequently promote wear and/or damage, and as such are not recommended for use on Mondo surfaces.


Spike Specifications

Spike lengths vary from 1/8 inch (3 mm) to 1/2 inch (13 mm). For use with SUPER X AND Mondotrack Surfaces, spike length is not to exceed ¼ inch (Omni-Lite’s 7 mm Pyramid and Christmas Tree spikes are the equivalent metric size to ¼ inch and meet the Mondo and IAAF spike size requirements).

Mondo recommends the use of ultra-lite ceramic track spikes, as manufactured by Omni-Lite (http://www.omni-lite.com/sports.php). The use of these spikes enhances safety and performance for the athletes, all the while minimizing long term abuse to the track.


Other Helpful Tips from the IAAF

The use of lane gates will help reduce wear and tear on the inner lanes of the track oval.

The use of protective mats during training sessions will help reduce wear and tear on runways.

Refer to pages 14 and 15 for IAAF Rule 143 notes, extracted from the 13th edition of The Referee.

Refer to “Spike Specifications” for maximum spike length allowed on Mondo Tracks, as IAAF rule 143 section 4 “Dimensions of Spikes” may differ from Mondo recommendations.

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