— Drake Relays (@DrakeRelays) March 24, 2021
Great to see that Drake Relays is happening. Also good to see that the crowd will have to use pandemic health standards.
2018 US Champs, Drake Stadium, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts
2021 Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom to Welcome Spectators
Full Competition Schedule including High School, University, College and Elites Released
2021 Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom will welcome spectators. Full competition schedule also announced.
— Drake Relays (@DrakeRelays) March 31, 2021
DES MOINES (March 30, 2021) – The 2021 Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom will welcome spectators, one year following postponement due to the global pandemic. Strict COVID-19 protocols including socially distanced seating and mask mandate will be enforced during the 111th edition of America’s Athletic Classic, to be held April 22-24, 2021, at Drake Stadium. Ticket holders who deferred or donated their 2020 tickets will receive a notice via email of their seating options beginning Tuesday, April 6. Ticket packages and single-session tickets will then go on sale via email offering to previous all-session and single-session ticket holders beginning Tuesday, April 13, followed by remaining tickets becoming available for purchase by the public.
The 2021 Drake Relays will feature an elite division, university division, college division, high school division, and a 4×100 meter relay event for middle schools. Notably, the World Athletics Continental Tour has designated the Drake Relays a Silver Level event, one of only two meets in the United States to earn such status. That means the Drake Relays are a critical stop for athletes beginning their quest to qualify for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“This will truly be a historic meet for competitors, coaches, and Relays fans alike,” said Blake Boldon, Franklin “Pitch” Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “We are thrilled to be bringing world-class talent to Iowa and hosting one of the biggest and most competitive outdoor track meets since the onset of COVID-19. I’m equally proud of the many staff and volunteers who are working diligently to make it possible for spectators to attend, and to do so safely.”
Relays fans should note that:
- High school wheelchair athletes will compete in the Drake Relays for the first time ever. In partnership with Adaptive Sports Iowa, the Relays will feature a 400-meter coed race for these inspiring student-athletes.
- Competitors in the USATF 1-Mile Road Championships will compete for $15,000 in prize money on April 21, starting at Painted Street on Drake’s campus and finishing on the Blue Oval inside Drake Stadium.
- The Drake Road Races will offer both in-person and virtual options for participation, for the first time in Drake Relays history. Registration for the in-person event will close on Friday, April 9.
For an early look at the meet schedule and for the 2021 Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom, click here.
About the Drake Relays
The Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom has served as “America’s Athletic Classic” since its first running in 1910. The annual competition, hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, is recognized internationally as a destination for the world’s premier track & field athletes across multiple professional and amateur divisions. In 2020, the Drake Relays was named a Silver Level event on the World Athletics Continental Tour, one of only two meets in the United States to earn Silver Level status. In addition to its signature stadium competition, the Drake Relays includes two marquee road running events open to the general public — the Grand Blue Mile presented by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Drake Road Races. For more information, visit drakerelays.org.