Drake Relays, photo by Drake Relays
The Drake Relays is one of the grandest athletic events in North America. Located at Drake University, the city of Des Moines welcomes you, the discerning track geek, with a fine stadium, dive bars, fine Korean kimchi, good Italian food and yes, a few dens of iniquity.
This meet and the lovely city of Des Moines, with Hy-vee supermarkets catering to good wine, hard to find beer, feta cheese and olives, can answer many needs (Hy-vee has supported Drake University for years! ) is a must see!
Drake Relays To Feature Live Coverage of High School Competition via Livestream or Cable Broadcast, thanks to Mediacom Partnership with RunnerSpace.com and USA Track and Field
NBC Sports Network to broadcast live from the Blue Oval Saturday from 2-4 p.m.
For the first time in history, Drake Relays fans will be able to watch live broadcast coverage of the high school division thanks to a partnership between Mediacom, RunnerSpace.com and USA Track & Field (USATF).
Spectator seating will be limited for the 111th Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom, as part of COVID-19 safety protocol. However, parents and fans will be able to watch the full eight hours of high school competition on Thursday, April 22, via Mediacom channel MC22, which will be a simultaneous broadcast with the livestream on RunnerSpace.com.
Mediacom’s HD broadcast of this live competition will be available to viewers in more than 300 Iowa communities. Additionally, it will be available in Mediacom service areas of Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri.
All of this year’s Drake Relays competition will livestream on RunnerSpace.com April 22-24, with the exception of 2-4 p.m. Central on Saturday, April 24. During that window, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will broadcast live from Drake Stadium and the Blue Oval.
“We are so grateful for these broadcasts and livestreams, and especially for the opportunity for parents and families of our high school competitors to watch live from home or a mobile device,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “None of this would be possible without the tremendous collaboration and generosity of Mediacom, RunnerSpace.com, USA Track & Field, and NBC Sports.”
Here is a recap of the broadcast and livestream schedule:
April 22 , 9 am – 4 pm Central
Livestream on RunnerSpace.com
Simultaneous broadcast on Mediacom channel MC22
April 23, 9 am – 8 pm Central
Livestream on RunnerSpace.com
April 24, 8 am – 5 pm Central
Livestream on RunnerSpace.com (except 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network (2 p.m. – 4 p.m. only)
For a look at this year’s complete Drake Relays schedule, visit https://godrakebulldogs.com/
About 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 2021, 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.
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.
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