Hy-Vee Extends Sponsorship Deal With Drake Relays Through 2021

Press Release
April 19, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University and Hy-Vee, Inc. have announced an extension for Hy-Vee to remain the presenting sponsor of the Drake Relays through 2021.

This extraordinary partnership began in 2012 and has helped enhance and elevate the weeklong event into one of the world’s premier athletic events: the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.

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“For more than 100 years, the Drake Relays has garnered great success. But there’s no doubt that since partnering with Hy-Vee, the Drake Relays have earned even greater national and international acclaim,” said Drake Relays director Brian Brown. “It’s great to have a partner that understands success, excellence and raising the bar in pursuing excellence at the highest level. We’re proud of where we’re going and realize that there’s more we can do together.”

With Hy-Vee’s support, the Drake Relays has been able to offer one of the largest track and field prize purses on North American soil for each of the last three years. In 2013 the world’s finest athletes competed in London Olympic Games Rematches, followed by Moscow World  Championship Rematches in 2014 and Beijing World Championship Previews in 2015. Brown has created 13 Rio Olympic Games Preview events with nearly 60 past Olympians, including more than Olympic medalists, and dozens of Olympic hopefuls set to thrill the Drake Stadium crowds.

“We’re excited to continue our support of the Drake Relays’ legacy and build upon the successes our partnership has accomplished in recent years,” said Ryan Grant, Hy-Vee’s director of sports marketing. “At Hy-Vee, we are dedicated to health and fitness, and through the Drake Relays we’re able to showcase our high school, collegiate and world-class athletes who work so hard to compete and represent our communities.”

“I’m thrilled that Hy-Vee’s continued support of the Drake Relays ensures that the Relays will remain one of the premier athletic events in the world,” said Drake director of athletic Sandy Hatfield Clubb. “Hy-Vee’s commitment to excellence in our communities has allowed us to transform the Relays into an event that draws world-class talent from across the globe to compete on the Blue Oval while protecting the integrity of the meet for our talented collegiate and high school competitors.”

The 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee begins next week with action starting inside Drake Stadium on April 27 and continuing through April 30. For more information on the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee visit www.DrakeRelays.org. To secure your tickets, visit www.DrakeTix.com.

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