It has been a while. Things are going well, no problems. I see you are still in the game too. As for your query, I attach instructions on how to tape a track. Yes, you can get the length of one lap certified.
The taping article may be found at:
Look for the article "How to Tape a Track."
The best thing you can get is a copy of the original track certificate that was provided to the college when the track was built. If they can't find it, it's pretty lame, but it happens.
I don't think 1600 meters is a record distance, at least for LDR. One mile is, I think. Check the USATF web site (www.usatf.org) and maybe you'll find something.
If you have to actually measure the track, two measurements of each length are needed, and use the lesser of each. Then figure the lap length. If it's more than 1/4 mile you are all set. If the track is uncurbed, it may be necessary to put cones on the inner line at the curved ends to create an artificial curb. Maybe that will make it more than 1/4 mile.
Digest this and get back to me.
I am going to put this exchange on the Course Measurement Bulletin Board. Maybe someone will chime in with advice.
Best regards, Pete
In a message dated 12/19/2009 3:28:14 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Long time since I corresponded with you. How goes it? I told the Race Director of our annual Track & Field Meet that we cannot Certify a “Track” – is that right? John DeHaye was not 100% sure. It is a Track at a local college. Would appreciate any input.