The Drake Relays get underway today with over 7,200 athletes from 59 nations to participate before all is said and done. Nearly 30 Olympic participants, including two gold medal winners will take part. Troy Anderson with the Drake ticket office says the recent warm spring weather has a lot of people thinking about the relays.
Anderson says they’re going for the 45th sell out in a row for Saturday and have about 16-hundred tickets left. Anderson says the calls pick up after the high school qualifiers are set. He says parents and friends call wanting tickets for the Friday sessions to see the high school athletes, and then they buy Saturday tickets if their athletes advance.
He says they’ve sold over 10,000 tickets for the Friday and Saturday sessions. Anderson says you can get tickets in a couple of ways, go on-line to: DrakeRelays.org to buy tickets of 515-271-DOGS (3647). Anderson says they have a top field of performers line up.
He says the U.S.A. Track and Field Championships that will be held at Drake in June has helped that, as the athletes want to see the track before they come back. Anderson says the good weather has also helped ticket sales. The Drake Relays run through this weekend.