April 27-29, 2017
Now in its 123rd year, the Penn Relay returns to Franklin Field located within walking distance to the Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast.
Each year, this historic relay race draws crowds of up to 100,000 to the University of Pennsylvania where spectators know they’ll see some of the world’s top track athletes compete — and often begin Olympic careers.
Both athletes and fans hail from all over the country and the world. There’s an accompanying festival offering food, crafts and souvenirs along the streets that surround the stadium.
Over the course of the three-day Penn Relays festival, top high school, collegiate, masters and even Olympic athletes take to Franklin Field for games like the 4 × 400 meters relay, javelin, pole vault, 100 meter dash, mile runs, sprints and more in hopes of bringing home a medal.
Perhaps the most anticipated race is the USA vs. World series of elite races.
The Penn Relays’ status as America’s largest amateur track meet goes back to the very first running meet, held in 1895 to stoke flagging student interest in track and field. That event drew 5,000 spectators, the largest audience for a track meet in Philadelphia up to that time.
The Relays have played an important role in Philadelphia’s cultural life from the beginning. It was one of few major events that accepted African-American competitors, and it was one of the high points on the African-American social calendar
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