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Drake celebrates 100 years of Relays with special events

April 7, 2009
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With a century of America's Athletic Classic under its belt, Drake will celebrate its rich Relays history with myriad events, including a public gala honoring the 20 Relays Athletes of the Century and the All Greek All Blue Reunion.

In addition, the first 100 fans to purchase a 2009 Relays All-Session Package for $85 will receive a limited edition souvenir ticket. Read more about various ticket packages online at or call 515-271-3647. 

The week's events, which are free and open to the public (unless noted), are listed below:

Sunday, April 19 
  • Drake Student Activities Board Relays Parade, 2 p.m. 25th Street and University Avenue west to 31st Street to Forest Avenue and back to 25th Street.
Monday, April 20
  • 30th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest, 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines (Third and Locust streets).
Tuesday, April 21
  • "Fake Relays" featuring teams from local businesses and organizations competing in various contests, noon, Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines.
Wednesday, April 22
  • Drake Relays Invitational Pole Vault, 6-8 p.m., Jordan Creek Town Center, Center Court, West Des Moines. 

Thursday, April 23  
  • Public Gala: Athletes of the Century Celebration, 7:30-9 p.m., Knapp Center, 25th Street and Forest Avenue. Read more about the athletes online.
  • Distance Carnival, 3-6 p.m. Drake Stadium, 27th Street and Forest Avenue.
Friday, April 24 
  • Drake Relays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Drake Stadium; various ticket packages available, call 515-271-3647.
  • Alumni Relays Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $10, Parents Hall, Olmsted Center.
  • Court Avenue Relays Celebration, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., 4th Street and Court Ave. downtown Des Moines. 
Saturday, April 25
  • Drake Relays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Drake Stadium; various ticket packages available, call 515-271- 3647. 
  • All Greek All Blue Reunion, 4-8 p.m., 32nd Street and Forest Ave. For more information, or to RSVP online or find out who plans to attend, visit