Drake Relays To Partner With Track Guy Speaker Series

first_imgBlake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, is set to participate in a series of events around the state of Iowa as part of the Track Guy Speaker Series.The first of Boldon’s appearances is Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City, Iowa, at 6 p.m.Boldon will update track and field fans in Iowa City on the upcoming 110th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and is slated to be joined by the Drake Relays record holder in the 800 meters, Randy Wilson, and three-time U.S. Champion Erik Sowinski in what promises to be a lively track and field discussion.”I’m thrilled to be a regular contributor to the Track Guy Speaker Series and to travel around the great state of Iowa to talk about the Drake Relays and our sport,” Boldon said. “I’m eager to personally visit with athletes and fans that have helped make the Drake Relays such a fundamental part of Iowa’s rich athletic history and earned the Relays the title of “America’s Athletic Classic.”Boldon returns to the series Feb. 6 at Wheelhouse Bar and Grill in Sioux City, Iowa, at 6 p.m. There he will be joined by various coaches from the Siouxland area and Bob Prince, an NCAA 800 meter champion at Kansas State and past Relays standout.The series visits the home of the Drake Relays Feb. 12 at Confluence Brewery in Des Moines. Starting at 6 p.m., Boldon will be joined by a pair of Drake University standouts in Rick Wanamaker and Brogan Austin. Fifty years ago, Wanamaker dueled the legendary Dick Fosbury in the high jump at the Drake Relays and the following year was the NCAA Champion in the decathlon and eventual 1971 Pan-American Games gold medalist in the event. Austin, a Relays champion himself, is the reigning USATF marathon champion and as an up-and-coming professional talent is positioning himself to be one of the favorites at the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials in the marathon. All three events will be moderated by Mike Jay, the current voice of the Drake Relays and one of the founders of Track Guy. The organization uses proceeds from track and field themed apparel designed and printed in Iowa to give back to cross country and track and field communities by supporting Iowa’s young athletes. Track Guy intends to generate funding for camps, clinics, coaching seminars, shoe drives and entry fees for road races. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more