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Public-images-osm logo.svg leisure = track
Skyttis athletics tracks.jpg
A track for running, cycling and other non-motorised racing such as horses, greyhounds. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto way
Rendering-leisure track line.png
Rendering in OSM Carto area
Group: leisure
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
See also
Status: de facto

A dedicated track for running, cycling and other non-motorised racing such as horses, greyhounds, typically not a part of the normal network of ways and paths.

This is not a replacement for the normal highway=* values for ways that are a part of the general network of ways but which are used for non-motorised sports. For instance: a path that in a forest with a mountainbiking route on it, is still a highway=path.

Note: For motorised sports use highway=raceway.

How to map

Use on a way way or an Area area(See below).


Often mapping tracks as a way way means looping back to the start, forming a closed way closed way (the shape of many racetracks). It is tricky as this tag is also being tagged as an area - that can also be represented by closed ways.

It's unclear/undecided whether closed ways should be treated as areas for this tag so it is advised to always add an area=yes/no tag in the case of closed ways. The default OSM Carto stylesheet displays an area only if area=yes is present. This is not necessary for multipolygons since they are always handled as areas.

A typical oval 400 m track with jumping areas around a ballsport pitch can be mapped with a multipolygon (leisure=track+sport=athletics).

Mapping in ID editor as multipolygon

  1. Open the iD Editor and navigate to the location of the running track.
  2. Outer Way Drawing:
    • Select the “Line” tool from the toolbar.
    • Click to add nodes that trace the outside boundary of the track. Take your time to create sufficient number of nodes along the turns in the track.
    • Ensure the last node connects with the first to form a closed way by double clicking the first node.
    • Upon completion, an interface will appear on the sidebar for tagging the way but you should instead proceed to the next step.
  3. Inner Way Drawing:
    • Repeat the process for the inside boundary of the track. Make sure this inner way is also a closed way.
  4. Creating a Multipolygon:
    • To construct a multipolygon, first click anywhere on the outer way to select it.
    • Hold down the Shift key and then click on the inner way to select it in addition to the outer way.
    • An option for "Merge" will appear at the bottom of the screen or within the context menu.
    • Click “Merge” to combine both the ways into a multipolygon.
  5. Tagging the Multipolygon:
    • With the multipolygon selected, search for the feature type "Running Track" in the tagging interface or manually enter leisure=track.
Running track in iD mapped as multipolygon


These sport tags are common combinations with this feature:

Useful combination

  • lanes=*, when lanes are painted on the track.
  • surface=*, such as polyurethane (most common synthetic, often goes by brand name of Tartan), rubber, or cinder (used in mid-20th century)

Possible Tagging Mistakes

  • Do not use both leisure=track and highway=raceway on the same way way, except cases where the same way is used both for motor racing and non-motorised racing.
  • Don't use both area and way in one track. For example, don't need to draw every single lanes of running track, and should add a lanes=3 in multipolygon.