The Penn Relays & Carnival Return To University City’s Franklin Field, April 26-28

Sports fans and competitors race to West Philadelphia for the largest and oldest track meet in the nation…

Sports fans, get ready to take your marks in the grandstands at Franklin Field!

From April 26 to April 28, about 17,000 high school, collegiate and professional track and field athletes dash into Philadelphia for the 124th Penn Relays, the oldest and largest track and field meet in the country.

Over the course of three days, some of the world’s best runners, jumpers and throwers compete in 300-plus track and field events in front of an estimated 115,000 spectators at Franklin Field in University City.


  • The 124th Penn Relays run April 26-28.
  • The three-day track and field meet takes place at Franklin Field in University City.
  • The world’s best high school, college and professional track and field athletes compete.
  • A giant carnival featuring food, music and a variety of vendors runs all weekend.
  • Tickets range from $21-73 per day.

The Races

Over 300 track and field events occur during this historic three-day meet.

The 4×100 relays, 4×400 relays, 10,000-meter races and more short- and long-distance events get spectators on their feet. Dozens of field events — including the long jump, high jump and shot put — take place each day as well.

National and international competitors — including some World and Olympic champions — take their marks for the highly-anticipated USA vs. The World races on Saturday. So far, athletes from the United States, Bahamas, Canada, Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti and Trinidad are confirmed to be participating.

On Thursday, races for high school girls and college women start off the day while long-distance races round out the evening. Friday’s schedule includes races for high school boys and girls, races for college men and women and Olympic development events. On Saturday, the college men and women and high school boys finish up their last races.

Take a look at the full schedule of events here.

Penn Relays
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Watch some of the world’s best track and field athletes compete in University City at the 124th Penn Relays.

Carnival Village & More

A giant carnival takes over Shoemaker Green — dubbed Carnival Village — during Penn Relays weekend for spectators and athletes to enjoy. Vendors sell athletic gear and fan merch while Nike and USA Track and Field jointly sponsor a tent with a DJ and giveaways.

Grace Foods offers Caribbean fare, and the new Food Village — located behind The Palestra — supplies guests with even more food and drink options.

The fun doesn’t stop when the last race ends. Over at the Penn Museum, Penn Relays attendees can show their ticket for 50 percent off general admission from April 26 to April 29.


Single-day and three-day ticket packages are available for purchase online or at designated ticketing locations around Penn’s campus. For ticketing location information, refer to this guide.

Single-day tickets for either Thursday or Friday range from $21-27. Tickets for Saturday range from $43-73.

(Photo courtesy Penn Relays)
Spectators and athletes can shop for gear, recharge with food and more at the Penn Relays Carnival.

Getting There

It’s super easy to get to Franklin Field whether you’re coming from inside or outside of Philadelphia.

City dwellers can take the Market-Frankford subway line to 34th and Market streets and walk a few blocks to Franklin Field (33rd and Spruce streets) from there.

For those traveling in from the Pennsylvania suburbs, take the appropriate SEPTA line (see schedules here) to 30th Street Station and walk or catch a ride to the track from there.

Taxi and ride-sharing services can get attendees to Franklin Field from hubs like Philadelphia International Airport and 30th Street Station as well.

Driving is another option, but parking around campus is limited and heavy traffic is anticipated throughout the weekend due to ongoing construction projects in and around 30th Street Station. Check here for construction information and plan accordingly.

Much like the world-class runners competing, these tickets go fast! Get moving and secure seats today for this premier sporting event.

The Penn Relays

When:April 26-28
Where:Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
Cost:$21-73 per day



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