Running Track

In following the Province of Alberta Relaunch strategy,
the Abbey Centre re-opened as part of stage 2 on June 19, 2020.


The Fitness Centre at the Abbey is open with the following conditions:

  • Hours of operations will be from 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Mon - Friday and 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sat & Sun.
  • The facility is open exclusively to Abbey Centre members and local residents (including Lacombe County)
  •  Access to the facility will be for 2-hour intervals of a maximum of 100 people. After the two hours, the facility will close down for a half hour in order to sanitize and prepare for the next 2-hour interval of 100 people. Doors will lock after 100 people have entered.
  • Fitness Studio 1 will house cardio equipment in order to accommodate 6 ft. distancing
  • Fitness Centre users will be given disinfectant wipes in order to clean the equipment after each use

Please visit the COVID-19 webpage for more information.

$2 Track Admission

Our winter special for the $2 track admission has now ended. We are happy to share that it was a great success with close to 600 guests taking advantage of this opportunity.

The Recreation, Culture & Parks Board will re-evaluate this option again in the Fall of 2020. Please watch for the Abbey Centre newsletter in your email inbox or follow our Facebook page for the latest updates.

The Cottonwood Meadows Running Track is a 152m, 4-lane track that is located on the 3rd floor of the Abbey Centre overlooking the Field House below. Access to the running track is part of your membership or daily admission.

The track is a great retreat from the elements during the cold winter months as well as on wet summer days, and provides a rubber running surface that is easy on the joints.

There are mats and plenty of spaces surrounding the track for stretching including an abdominal work out area. The “Ab” area has decline benches, a flat bench, and an abdominal bench, as well as bosu, medicine and exercise balls, toners, TRX bands and battle ropes. There are spin cycles on the opposite corner of the track and provide a low-impact, high-intensity cardiovascular workout that builds both strength and endurance.

Track Lengths

Distance Grey Inside Lane
446 ft or
136 m
1st Inside Red Lane
463 ft or
141 m
2nd Red Lane
482 ft or
147 m
Outside Lane
500 ft or
152 m
1 km 7.4 laps 7.1 laps 6.8 laps 6.6 laps
3 km 22.2 laps 21.3 laps 20.4 laps 19.8 laps
5 km 37 laps 35.5 laps 34 laps 33 laps
10 km 74 laps 71 laps 68 laps 66 laps

Track Etiquette & Rules

While using the track, please use proper track etiquette:

• Lane use is SINGLE FILE only
• Right of way is given to faster users by calling “PASS” to slower users, when the faster user will pass on the INSIDE.
• Slower users must keep to the outside lanes of the track
• Youth 12 - 17 years of age are only permitted on the track after completing a Fitness Centre Orientation. 12 - 13 year olds must be in close proximity of their supervisor.
• Children 6 - 11 years of age are not permitted on the track.
• Parents can access the track with small children 0 - 5 years of age provided the children remain in their strollers.
• Only non-marking indoor running shoes are permitted on the track.
• Strollers, walking aids, wheelchairs and other personal assistance devices must be free of dirt and debris before accessing the track.
• No food or beverages (except plastic water bottles) are permitted.

Please note:
Strollers are allowed on the Running Track between 9 am and 5 pm.