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Penn Relays, USATF announce partnership through 2020


PHILADELPHIA -- The Penn Relays and USA Track & Field on Thursday announced a partnership through 2020 that continues the collaboration between the world’s oldest and largest relay carnival with the World’s #1 Track & Field Team. Today’s announcement comes ahead of the 123rd running of The Penn Relays, set to take place April 27-29 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia.


“We are absolutely delighted to broaden our partnership with USATF,” said Dr. M Grace Calhoun, University of Pennsylvania Director of Athletics and Recreation. “With expanded TV coverage and a global webcast, this agreement represents tremendous vision and innovation in promoting The Penn Relays brand as our nation’s most historic and largest track and field carnival.”


USATF has staged USA vs. The World, an international relay competition, at the Penn Relays annually since 2000. The new partnership will expand television coverage from the traditional USA vs. the World relay events on Saturday to include a live, Friday night show on NBCSN. USATF.TV also will stream a live global webcast of the Penn Relays live during all three days of competition from 2017 through 2020.


The additional Friday night television coverage in 2017 will air on April 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. ET. The new show will be broadcast live from Franklin Field and will include highlights from Thursday and Friday’s races along with athlete interviews. Saturday’s television coverage will air nationally from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and will feature the renowned USA vs. The World races, as well as top high school and collegiate relays.


“USA vs. The World has been an important part of the international competition calendar and USATF’s television offerings for 18 years,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “By expanding our partnership, we will further elevate the profile of one of the world’s athletic events and expand the reach of our athletes and the sport worldwide.”


“This year will mark the 123rd running of the Penn Relays,” said Dave Johnson, the Frank Dolson Director of The Penn Relays.  “But tradition only goes through last year, and it’s important to move forward, always trying to make the event better.  Teaming up with USATF allows us to continue the USA vs. The World series we began jointly in 2000. The series has brought a terrific international flavor to our professional races and has been extremely well received.”


For more information on the worldwide live webcast of the 123rd Penn Relays, visit



Over 200 athletes from more than 35 countries competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, whose spotlight on the world stage took them through the Penn Relays. The 2017 edition will once again bring the top athletes from around the globe as the next generation of superstars look to make their mark at Franklin Field. 2016 marked the 13th-straight year the Penn Relays has totaled over 100,000 spectators going to watch the world’s greatest athletes in competition.


Founded in 1895 and officially named The Penn Relay Carnival, the relays gained recognition as the world’s first and largest track and field relay meet and is the nation’s longest uninterrupted collegiate meet. The event has drawn top high school, college and world-class athletes from around the globe and has been the scene of numerous American and world records.



USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit

Amanda Brooks
Marketing and Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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