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figure-of-eight running track

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Elite runners who run on normal running tracks suffer unspeakable knee and ankle damage from spending so much of their lives only running around curves to the left. This can be avoided by the use of a figure-of-eight running track which would have equal amounts of left and right-handed bends. The cross-over point won't be an issue as very rarely is someone a full half-lap behind the front of the race and when it does happen that two people meet at the cross-over I'm sure they can both be polite about it and avoid any incident.
hippo, Jan 28 2023

Figure 8 racing https://en.wikipedi...iki/Figure_8_racing
Figure 8 racing is a form of stock car racing in which automobiles race on a track that purposely intersects itself, increasing the risk of collisions. Figure 8 racing is most common and popular in the United States and Canada. Because of the risk of collisions, figure 8 racing bears some similarity to the chiefly European sport of banger racing. [a1, Jan 28 2023]

Crossing_20race [pocmloc, Feb 08 2023]


       Clever. [+]
doctorremulac3, Jan 28 2023

       Politely AVOIDING incidents? Where’s the fun in that? See link for figure 8 (car) races.
a1, Jan 28 2023

       Where have u been?
xenzag, Jan 28 2023

       Have press button traffic lights like a pelican crossing so the runners have to wait for the green man before they can proceed. The lights can be biased so that one direction is always green and the orthogonal direction is always red, until the button is pressed - at which point a random countdown timer starts before the lights change.
pocmloc, Jan 28 2023

       Put a bridge in the center for my bun. It should have a very gentle slope and the extra distance should be accounted for.
Voice, Jan 28 2023

       A jump!
pocmloc, Jan 28 2023

       [xen] nowhere special - I just fancied a break from here for a bit, and was also quite distracted last year by work and by some health issues
hippo, Jan 28 2023

       Instead of a bridge - ramps.   

       The lead runners will need to leap over the the intersection.   

       Everyone has to perpetually swing flaming poi balls to the tune of jailhouse rock.   

       Buckets of water are conveniently placed.
mylodon, Feb 08 2023

       What about a trampoline- assisted overpass?
pertinax, Feb 08 2023

       Existing tracks could be retained by having everyone simply turn around and run the opposite way each lap.
Rusto, Feb 13 2023

       Yes [+] Hi Hippo!   

       Moebius racetrack?
Frankx, Feb 20 2023


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