2017 Drake Relays

Outside of one of the world’s best track-and-field meets, the Drake Relays has something for everyone. If you're a Bulldog returning home to reconnect with campus, classmates and friends, then don't miss the All-Alumni Tent party. If you’re a Drake Relays fan, bring the entire family to events like the Beautiful Bulldog Contest, or rub elbows with Olympians at the Pole Vault at Capital Square



Drake Relays

Each year, our pack gathers around the Blue Oval to celebrate Relays and everything Drake. Returning home, our Bulldogs renew their commitment to our alma mater and each other. Here are ways you can reconnect with 

  • The All-Alumni Tent Party is back this year. This popular event features music, fun and games, and a chance to see familiar faces and make new memories.

  • Our young alumni are invited to the Alumni House on Saturday morning (not too early!) to enjoy a social brunch and breakfast bar and mingle with classmates from recent graduation years.

  • For the first time, the Golden Reunion will be held during Relays Weekend. This special gathering will recognize the classes of 1967 and 1957 and celebrate their lifelong ties to the University.

  • Of course, this weekend is not all fun and games. We’ll welcome many leadership groups to Drake, including the Board of Trustees, Alumni Board, and National Advisory Councils, to discuss and guide the future of the University.


Welcome home, Bulldogs!


Sunday, April 23

Beautiful Bulldog Contest

Tuesday, April 25

Downtown Street Painting
Grand Blue Mile

Wednesday, April 26

Pole Vault at Capital Square
Weaver Medal of Honor Lecture/Award Ceremony

Thursday, April 27

Golden Reunion Check-In & Tours of Alumni House
Drake Relays Distance Carnival
Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception
Golden Reunion Reception with President Martin 

Friday, April 28

Drake Relays Track & Field Events
Golden Reunion Des Moines City Tour
Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays
All-Alumni Tent Party
Golden Reunion Dinner

Saturday, April 29

Drake Relays Road Races
Drake Relays Track & Field Events
Golden Reunion Brunch
Golden Reunion Campus Tours
Young Alumni Brunch
SJMC Alumni Reception

  View Cart