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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Construction on an elevated, indoor running track in the Weasel’s Den recreation center will begin this summer with the goal of having it ready by Dec. 1, according to Air Force officials.

Col. David Wiegand, commander of the 35th Mission Support Group, said the $818,000 project is important now that the Air Force ordered its personnel to take two annual physical fitness tests.

Wiegand said personnel have had to resort to a “poor kind of band aid” by running 15 laps on the untreated surface in Hangar 949 during Misawa’s harsh winter season.

The track has been a popular request from community members during call-in radio shows. The new, eighth-mile track will feature a cushioned, indoor running surface with three lanes. He said as many as 40 people can run on the track at once and they’ll only have to run 12 laps to complete the 1.5 mile test.

The Weasel’s Den will be closed during the five-month project, but the Outdoor Recreation equipment rental office at the end of the building will remain open.

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