The Drake Relays begin later this week in Des Moines and director Brian Brown is hoping a number of new records are established. Brown expects to have as many as 40 Olympians take part in the event. Brown says there are over 16 athletes who are current relays record owners and his hope is that all of them test their records and move them to another level.

Brown says for many of the top competitors this will be the start of their outdoor season. He says it is early in the season and it’s sometimes a challenge to get the elite athletes here.

Three days of action on the track begins on Thursday.