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115th Penn Relays: April 23-25
April 21, 2009, Volume 55, No. 30


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A Philadelphia staple, the Penn Relay Carnival is one of the oldest and longest-running track and field events in the world. The 2009 running marks the 115th year of the Relays and will take place April 23-25 at the historic Franklin Field.

Every April, the Penn Relays draw many of the nation’s—and the world’s—top track athletes to Franklin Field to run in the world’s first and most recognized relay meet.

In its 115-year history, the Carnival has provided competition for more athletes than any other track meet in the world. The Penn Relays features more than 22,000 entrants annually (more athletes than in the Olympic Games), representing more than 60 countries around the world. During the past ten years, more than 100,000 young men and women from high schools, colleges, clubs, the armed services, preparatory schools, junior high schools, middle schools, parochial schools, and elementary schools have competed in the Carnival. The athletes range in age from under eight to over 80.

This year, during some 33 hours of competition on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, more that 425 races will be run, an average of more than one race every five minutes.

Tickets: www.ThePennRelays.com.


Traffic Advisory from The University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Public Safety.

Please note that Penn Relays begins April 20, 2009. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic is expected to greatly increase near Franklin Field until Saturday evening April 25, 2009. To accommodate the Penn Relays, the eastbound lane of South Street between 33rd and 32nd Streets has been closed. If possible, it is recommended to seek alternate routes and to remain clear of this area while commuting and traveling to and from Penn.

Dates:   April 20, 2009 – April 27, 2009
Where: South Street eastbound between 33rd Street and 32nd Street will be closed. One lane will be open for westbound traffic only. South Street will re-open to eastbound traffic early next week.

PARKING PATRONS AND PENN MUSEUM VISITORS: Garage 7, Penn Tower Garage and the Museum of Archeology can be accessed using Health Sciences Drive & West Service Drive during this closure.



Related: Update: April AT PENN

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