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The Penn Relays is celebrating their 123rd season at Franklin Field this weekend. The above photo is from a Varsity one-mile relay teams competing in 1906.  Photo: University of Pennsylvania Archives
A Varsity one-mile relay teams competing at Franklin Field in 1906.  Photo: University of Pennsylvania Archives

Racing towards the finish: A look back at the beginnings of the Penn Relays

The Penn Relays are celebrating their 123rd season at Franklin Field this weekend.  

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May 17th, 2022

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The Penn Relays or also known as the Penn Relay Carnival is the oldest and largest track field competition in the United States. The origin of the relay began in 1893 when the University of Pennsylvania Track and Field committee was looking for a little more excitement for a handicapped meet so the university decided that they wanted to run a relay race at the meet.

Thousands of runners, jumpers, and throwers of all ages will come to the city to compete in the longest-running relay track meet in the country. The Penn Relays are usually the springboard for athletes competing in high school as well as college track and field. Those who have competed in this weekend long event and have won, have gone on to become major stars for the United States Olympic teams. We take a look back at the history of the Penn Relays.

 

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