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April 15, 2016

Watch the 122nd Penn Relays at Franklin Field

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The nation's largest and oldest track and field meet, the Penn Relays, kicked off Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field in it's 121st running.

The University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field, which is the oldest two-tired stadium in the country, will host the 122nd Penn Relays Carnival beginning April 28. Franklin Field can seat approximately 50,000 spectators, which is good since the Penn Relays annually draw massive crowds over the three-day carnival.

Track & Field events include short and long-distance races, relay races, hurdle races, javelin throw, discus throw, hammer throw, pole vault, long jump, triple jump and shot put. 

Athletes from all over compete at grade school, high school, collegiate, Olympic Development, Special Olympics and amateur levels.

One of the most exciting parts of watching the races is seeing new records set, at all levels.

On the last day of the Penn Relays Carnival, USA vs. The World compete in the 4 x 100, 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relay. In recent years, track stars such as Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell have competed, although appearances by professional athletes aren't announced until race day.

Throughout the three days, street vendors will sell merchandise, fan gear and food in and around the field. Sponsors will host giveaways and games.

Attendees can choose from a range of ticket options, including three-day event packages, general admission seating or reserved seating. 

122nd Penn Relays Carnival

Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30
$18-$108 per person
Franklin Field at University of Pennsylvania
235 S. 33rd St.