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Drake University has postponed the 2020 Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom along with related special events and programs, including the Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 111th edition of the event was scheduled for April 22-25 at Drake Stadium, while the Drake Road Races were scheduled for April 19 and the Grand Blue Mile April 21.

According to a press release, “The health, safety and well being of our participants and fans, along with guidance from local and national health officials, have been at the forefront of the decision-making process. Recent directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Iowa Department of Public Health, and City of Des Moines regarding large gatherings make it clear that postponing all Drake Relays events is necessary.

“We will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and will work with local, state, and national officials to reschedule the Drake Relays, Drake Road Races, and Grand Blue Mile at a date that ensures the health and well being of participants and fans.”

The Drake Relays staff is working to identify a date this summer to host the 111th Drake Relays.

The press release noted, “To the registrants of our road races, we are working to create a contingency plan to ensure the events you have been training months for can still take place in 2020.

We know there are many other races to choose from and we cannot thank you enough for your support.”

The postponement of the Drake Relays also postpones all events associated with the Drake Relays, including the Beautiful Bulldog Contest, Downtown Pole Vault exhibition, Relays Hall of Fame Banquet, plus Drake student and alumni programming.

Drake University and Relays leadership are working on contingency plans for these events and other campus activities associated with the Drake Relays.

Updates will be shared via email, on our websites, and through social media channels as they are finalized.

For additional information on other Drake University resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit