Marikina Sports Centre

Last Updated on April 11, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

Who Robbed the Rubber at the Marikina Sports Centre?

Proof Edited by Dr. Vic Salas / Marikina Sports Centre

The rubber is gone from the Marikina Sports Centre’s track oval.

Due to flood damage, the track oval’s rubberized surface has been removed.

Also known as Marikina Sports Park and previously known as the Rodriguez Centre.

It was built in 1969 by Rizal Governor Isidro Rodriguez Sr and was well known as state-of-the-art then, the first rubberized track in the country, at a time when track ovals were still known as “cinder paths.”  With rubber gradually replacing the dirt and cinders tracks, there was no longer any need to use the spiked athletic shoes, slowly fading into oblivion.

Marikina held the 1973 Asian Track and Field Championships and the 2014 ASEAN School Games.


For a complete list of track ovals in the Philippines

List of Track Ovals Reopening


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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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