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Entries for Drake Relays 8K, half-marathon races available

Entries are being accepted for the 39th annual Drake Relays On-the-Road 8-kilometer and half-marathon races, which start at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 28.


They are Iowa’s oldest road races. Both races will start adjacent to Drake Stadium on Forest Avenue east of 28th Street and will finish near 25th Street and Carpenter Avenue, adjacent to the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Last year, 673 runners finished the 8-kilometer race and 730 half-marathoners completed the course.


Overall winners of the 8-kilometer and half-marathon, both male and female, will receive the 98th edition of the Drake Relays watch and a $100 Nike gift certificate. Top open finishers will receive cash prizes of $300 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. Age division awards of $100 will be given to the first runner beating the 8-kilometer or the half-marathon records.


Registration can be completed online until noon April 25 by visiting www.active.com. The online entry fee is $15 for 8 kilometer or $20 for half-marathon, plus a $3 service fee.


Fees are $20 at the packet pick-up site on Friday, April 27, and $25 on the day of the race. Packets can be picked up at the Harmon Fine Arts Center at 25th Street and Carpenter Avenue from 4 to 7 p.m. April 27 and 7 to 7:30 a.m. on April 28.


The 8-kilometer course is 4.97 miles. Kevin Herd of Coralville, Iowa, owns the men’s 8-kilometer record of 23 minutes, 40 seconds, set in 1995. Michelle Ihmels of Ames, Iowa, holds the women’s record of 27:39 in 2004.


The half-marathon is 13.1 miles. Christian Reed of Columbia, Mo., boasts the men’s half-marathon record of 1:08.02 in 1995. Renee Kruse from Iowa City, Iowa, set the women’s mark at 1:18.58 in 1996.


For more information on the races, e-mail calmurdock@earthlink.net or call 515-274-5379. Entry form brochures are also available in the Drake Relays Office.