Relays 2024 - All Upcoming Events

Whether on the Blue Oval or on campus, Relays Week is where Bulldogs celebrate together. Mix road races, stadium action, and athletic feats with alumni tent parties, reunions, and on-campus events for the complete alumni Relays experience.

Browse Alumni and Community events going on during Relays Week 2024.

Alumni Events

Thursday, April 25, 2024
Let's DU Drinks at the Blue Oval
Join fellow Central Iowa regional alumni and start your Drake Relays weekend at the Central Iowa Alumni tent on Thursday night!

Thursday, April 25, 2024
Alumni Awards Ceremony
Every year, Drake University bestows outstanding alumni with the Alumni Awards. All are invited to attend the awards ceremony recognizing this year's winners.

April 25-27, 2024
50 Year Reunion
Join the Drake community and your fellow classmates for the 50 Year Reunion. It’s a weekend of reconnecting with classmates, celebrating Drake, recalling college days, and making new memories.

Friday, April 26, 2024
All-Alumni Tent Party
Gather with ALL Alumni Bulldogs and meet old friends, make new connections, and celebrate together.

School of Education Alumni Gathering
Please join us for a School of Education alumni gathering during the All-Alumni Tent Party during Relays! Register below to receive a complimentary drink ticket and connect with Dean Ryan Wise, School of Education Faculty, and fellow alumni.

Saturday, April 27, 2024
Fleet Feet Alumni Social Run/Walk
Join Feet Fleet Des Moines, owned Andy Roat JO’83, for their Saturday Social Run/Walk to keep the excitement going during Drake Relays.

Young Alumni Brunch
What's the best way to spend the Saturday morning of Relays? If you're from the classes of 2013-2023, it's at the Young Alumni Brunch!

LGBTQ+ Alumni Mixer
In between all of the festivities, come to the Turner Jazz Center and relax at our casual LGBTQ+ Alumni Mixer hosted by the LGBTQ+ Alumni Association.

Campus Tour
No matter when you graduated, join us on this tour of Drake’s campus to hear how campus has transformed since you were a student, including learning about campus renovations, community growth, and upcoming projects. 

CPHS Alumni & Friends Gathering
Come watch the Relays with CPHS from SCB 301!

Black Alumni Mixer
Come join the Black Alumni Association for a party Saturday afternoon! Enjoy good company and take a stroll down memory lane with Drake Alums and friends. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

BCMB 25th Anniversary Celebration
Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Drake University Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology (BCMB) Program. Re-connect with former classmates, alumni and faculty while celebrating the program and seeing the many changes on campus.

Relays SJMC Celebration & Meredith Unveiling 
Join us in celebrating the revitalization of Meredith Hall during Drake Relays weekend. Re-connect with former classmates, alumni and faculty while celebrating the renovations of this beloved space on campus. 

Community Events

March 18—April 22, 2024
Griff Gives Back
For the ninth year, pet lovers are invited to contribute to the Griff Gives Back pet food drive.

April 21 – April 27, 2024
Drake Relays
Attend one of the top track and field events in the United States: The Drake Relays.

Sunday, April 21, 2024
Drake Road Races
Be a part of America's Athletic Classic as the 5K, 10K, and half marathon distances all finish in Drake Stadium on the world famous Blue Oval.

Sunday, April 21, 2024
Beautiful Bulldog Contest
Thirty English Bulldogs walk the pup-way to impress judges in hopes of being crowned the Most Beautiful Bulldog. The winner then serves a year-long reign as the Drake Relays mascot and the Most Beautiful Bulldog.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Grand Blue Mile
The Grand Blue Mile is the Midwest's premier community street run for all ages and abilities. Held annually since 2010, the Grand Blue Mile has hosted more than 35,000 participants from 36 states, six countries, and four continents.

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