There are countless areas of concern for runners during a marathon, including potholes, slip hazards and even cheering fans. But no one could have predicted the end of the 2006 Chicago Marathon when Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya literally slipped across the finish line, hitting his head, giving him a brain contusion.
If you’ve seen the video, it is hard to watch Cheruiyot fall under the ribbon. But what you will notice is that the course is not wet and it appears that he slips on a sponsor’s logo.
Besides from the embarrassment, this was no way for a champion to finish the race. While he did win, Cheruiyot had to be helped off the course in a wheelchair and even needed further medical attention.
The fact is runners are tired and their footing can be less than ideal as they cross the finish line, even for multi-marathon winners.
That is why PEM has developed High Friction Surface Matting for additional slip-resistant properties. Best utilized in wet on sloped areas and fast-paced traffic areas, the matting was recently utilized successfully throughout the course of the 2011 Virgin London Marathon.
Available in both High Traffic Matting (3/8”) and Lightweight Matting (1/4”) thickness, an aluminum oxide “grit” material is combined with a urethane binder, to create a high friction surface coating for added slip resistant properties on PEM’s toughest applications. The aluminum oxide material is more scuff resistant than a conventional sand finish for added durability.
The urethane binder is specially pigmented to match the color of the matting for a more aesthetically pleasing surface. We have new pricing and samples, to find out more contact us at 1-800-783-2358 or email@example.com.