How much does a cinder track affect the time of a runner?
If a runner runs 5:11 mile how much faster do you think he would be if he ran on an all-weather new track? What would the conversion be?
A victim of the times wrote:
In Bob Schul's book "In the Long Run", he states the difference is 2 seconds/400m lap.
I competed mainly on cinder in high school. Tracks started to go to all weather about 2 years after I got out.
I'd say about 1 second per lap, so four seconds total. Maybe closer to 6 seconds if the track isn't in great shape.