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ROAD RACES: Drake Relays Finale

Posted on: 1:48 pm, April 28, 2013, by , updated on: 07:32pm, April 28, 2013

Sunday, you didn’t have to be an elite athlete to race at the Drake Relays.  Thousands of runners and walkers set their own pace in three road races.  The events focused more on being healthy than clocking the fastest time.

“For the everyday person so that they can be inspired to motivate themselves, get off the couch and maybe cross something off their bucket list and compete in the road race,” says Donna Tweeten, Hy-Vee Vice President of Marketing.

Hy-Vee teamed up with Drake to sponsor the races.  More than 5200 people competed in the half marathon, 10K and 6K events.

“It’s really inspiring to see how many athletes came out,” says Drake student Payton Albrecht.

9-year-old Bryson Illian crossed the finish line with his grandpa.  This is Illian’s first 6K and the duo’s first Drake Relays.

“He has to try to keep up with me cuz I get so far ahead of him,” says Illian.

“He shows grandpa how to do it,” says Larry Olofson.

While a few raced for the prize money up for grabs, most of the runners competed for the fun of it.

“Our objective next year is to more than double the amount of people participating in the road races,” says Tweeten.

Over the weekend, seven Relays records fell and six world best marks were set.  This was the 10th running of the Drake Relays.

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