The Roger Huffman Track at the Biesiot Activities Center is another outdoor space available for rent. The Roger Huffman Track is a two-component elastomeric polyurethane, 10mm full pour surface, that is 3/8” thick. The track was named in honor of alumnus and longtime Dickinson State University Athletic Director & Coach, Roger F. Huffman. The Roger Huffman track is used primarily to host regular and post-season high school and college track meets; in addition to 5k races, fitness challenge relays, and other athletic events/competitions.
The Roger Huffman Track hosts track meets for Dickinson State University, Dickinson High School, and Dickinson Trinity High School. The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA), NDHSAA Class A West Region and NDHSAA Class B Southwest Region High School Track Championships, Badlands Conference Championships, and the Richardton-Taylor Raider Booster Track Invitational has all been held on the Roger Huffman Track.
The two-component elastomeric polyurethane track provides student-athletes with the best and safest running surface available. The track has eight- Olympic- sized lanes, and boasts the latest in track and field meet management, results, and F.A.T. systems (through Hy-Tek and Finish Lynx). The Roger Huffman track also provides field event athletes with the best possible experience. Within the complex, a variety of field areas allow for a number of field events to simultaneously take place and directional changes to be made based on the wind conditions. The Roger Huffman track has the following field event areas:
- Four long jump or triple jump pits;
- Four pole vault boxes;
- Two shot put pits;
- Two discus throw cages;
- Two high jump pits;
- A javelin throw area;
- A hammer cage; and
- A steeplechase pit.
The Roger Huffman track is also able to accommodate many other sporting and outdoor events such as: concerts, family movie nights, sport camps, field days, fitness challenges, and relay races. The track is durable and very versatile which allows for more events to take place throughout the year.
During track meets, the Roger Huffman track is complemented by the Hawk Vision Video Board, which is the largest video board in the state of North Dakota. The scoreboard provides schedules, statistics, team scores, advertising, and instant results for coaches, athletes, and fans during a track meet. There is seating for more than 3,500 fans during a track meet (through suites, club seats, and general bench seating); and the Musco lighting system delivers more than 50 foot candles of light. Those that rent the Roger Huffman Track also have access to the Lowman-Walton Concourse, on-site locker rooms, athletic training room, coaches and media boxes, the ticket booth, official’s locker room, concession stand, and restrooms.
The Biesiot Activities Center encourages local and regional school districts to rent the Roger Huffman Track for their next home track meet or sporting event. Area sport organizations are also encouraged to host a 5k race/relay or fitness challenge on the track.
The public is also welcome to use the Roger Huffman Track for their daily workout and exercise routines. The track is open daily during daylight hours. Entrance is available through the turnstile fence located on 13th Avenue.