Laying Out Mile Race Track., Daily Racing Form, 1917-03-10


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LAYING OUT MILE RACE TRACK. The question. "How is a mile track laid outV" is often asked by people interested in tin- various phases of the sport of racing. The answer is here presented: For a mile track, draw a line through an oblong center 400 yards in length, setting a stake at each end. Then draw a line on either side of the first line, exactly parallel with and 417 feet and two inches from it, setting a stake at either end of them. You will then have an oblong square 410 yards long and BM feet four inches wide. At each end of these three lines set stakes. Now fasten a cord or wire 417 feet and two Inches long to the center stake of your parallelogram and describe a half circle, driving stakes as often as you wish to set a fence post. When the circle is made at both ends of your parallelogram you will have two straight sides and two half circles, which, measured three feet from the fence, will be exactly a mile. The turn should be thrown up an inch or an inch and an eighth to the foot.

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