Penn Relays canceled due to coronavirus

Matt Leon
March 16, 2020 - 12:16 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Penn Relays have become the latest sporting event canceled due to coronavirus fears. 

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The Penn Relays had been contested uninterrupted every year since 1895, but the concerns about spreading COVID-19 led officials to cancel this year’s event, which was slated to take place from April 23 to 25 at Franklin Field.

Scott Ward, executive director of the Penn Relays, says the hope is that later in the year, once things return closer to normal, Penn would host a substitute event.

"We would host a one-day track meet, targeted to youth, high school, open competitors with the Philadelphia region. Let's enjoy Philadelphia, the stadium, sense of competition, let's add some festivities around that, create a small carnival village,” he said.

At this point, they are looking at late May or early June, but it would not be near the scope or size of the Penn Relays. 

All ticket orders will be credited toward the 2021 Penn Relays by default. However, refunds for the sale price of 2020 tickets will be available by request. For more information, click here.