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Drake Relays postponed indefinitely

By: - March 18, 2020 5:00 pm

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie speaks at a news conference on COVID-19 issues. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Des Moines’ Drake University has postponed the 2020 Drake Relays, as well as Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile.

The university announced Tuesday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was indefinitely postponing the 111th edition of the Drake Relays, previously scheduled for April 22-25.

Recent directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the City of Des Moines have restricted large gatherings.

The university said it will continue to monitor the situation and will work with local, state, and national officials to reschedule the events for a later date.

Drake officials said they are working to create a contingency plan to ensure the events that people have registered for can still take place sometime in 2020.

Current ticket-holders will be able to choose from one of four options: They can request a refund after the school announces the new dates for the 2020 Drake Relays; they can keep their tickets and use them on the rescheduled 2020 dates; they can transfer their tickets to the 2021 Drake Relays; or they can convert the value of their tickets to a Baton Club donation.

The Drake Athletics Ticket Office can be reached at (515) 271-3647, or by email at [email protected]


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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.