124th Penn Relays: April 26-28

A Philadelphia staple, the Penn Relays is one of the oldest and longest-running track and field events in the world. The 2018 running marks the 124th year of the Relays and will take place April 26-28 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.

The Penn Relays features more than 22,000 entrants annually (that’s 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. 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 5 minutes.

Tickets for students are free Thursday and Friday with a PennCard, $6 in advance on Saturday and $10 at the gate.  For faculty and staff: on Thursday, bring your child to work and get two free tickets with a valid PennCard. Plus, on Friday and Saturday get 50% off race day prices with a valid PennCard. (Offers only redeemable in person at the Franklin Field Ticket Office).

Tickets and additional information: (215) 898-6151 or www.ThePennRelays.com

caption: Photo courtesy of the Penn Relays.