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JUNE, 2018

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THE PENN RELAYS AT FRANKLIN FIELD,
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA,
PHILADELPHIA, PA.
MARJORIE OLSHO PHOTO

More Than A Relay: 2018 Penn Relays

BY GARY FANELLI

The 2018 edition of the Penn Relays is in the books, the 124th running of the Penn Relays, held in Philadelphia, PA, at Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania, on April 26-28.

Did you know Penn Relays is the first Track Meet in history to start the concept of running relays with batons? This Meet is so much more than just relay although there are hundreds of them as well. At one point Penn Relays had a Marathon in the 1970s into the 1980s. One could receive the coveted Penn Relays Watch by capturing a 1st place in that event. 

This year featured the Age Group 100 Yard Dash, where even people in their 90s could partake.  School children as young as 10 years old can take part in fun relay races on Wednesday, so it seem everybody gets included in the Penn Relays from age 10 to 90-plus. That is quite a wide range and just show how huge and how opportunity and inclusion  is afforded to everyone at Penn Relays.

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