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In North Carolina, an old warehouse is transformed into a state-of-the-art track facility @JDLFast…

In North Carolina, an old warehouse is transformed into a state-of-the-art track facility @JDLFast…

It started as a whim. Several years ago David Shannon, a successful Winston-Salem, N.C., real estate developer and track aficionado, had an admittedly wacky vision. Now 56, the former Wake Forest sprinter still loves to run, but he dislikes chilly weather. Perhaps, Shannon thought, an old warehouse could be pressed into service as an indoor track. "Anything below 60 degrees and he's like, 'Man, it's cold out there!'" says Craig Longhurst, Shannon's son-in-law and business associate, and now facility director of the JDL Fast Track. Longhurst, a successful distance runner for Wake Forest in the early '90s, was incredulous upon learning of Shannon's scheme. But he warmed to the idea when it became apparent the project could meet broader needs. LACK OF TRACK In the winter of 2011, Shannon and Longhurst began scouring greater Winston-Salem, a city of 250,000, searching for a wa...

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