Letter From Meet Director Tim Weaver

Dec. 17, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Athletes, Coaches & Fans:

Thank you for attending the 2004 Kansas Relays! We enjoyed all-time highs in numbers of teams and athletes last spring, broke 16 meet records, felt compelled to have four athlete of the meet awards, enjoyed fantastic weather throughout, and did this all with big crowds in the stands. Our goal is to take this momentum and vault the Kansas Relays to even greater heights for our 78th annual edition. My staff has been hard at work since last April to create a better event in every way. The university, our officials and volunteers, local merchants, and I are committed to make your visit to Lawrence and our campus the absolute best it can be. Thanks for again making the Kansas Relays one of the nations premiere athletics events.

We have made changes to the event in a continued effort to improve the Kansas Relays for athletes, coaches, and fans. The most significant addition to this spring’s event is the creation of the Gold Zone. We have taken the most popular events from the Kansas Relays and placed them back-to-back from 2 – 5pm on Saturday. This Gold Zone will feature the best high school, college, and Olympic athletes we have to offer and will be the focal point of our meet in 2005. The crowds will be bigger than ever on Saturday as many Olympic stars compete in Lawrence during a fast-paced afternoon of entertainment, so I encourage you to get to Memorial Stadium early for the best seats available.

A big part of our meet’s appeal is the large crowd. Please encourage your friends, family, and fans to come to each day of the meet and bring everyone along. We have introduced group rates and a new family plan that make the Kansas Relays a fun and affordable weekend of family entertainment. The athletes on the track and in the field deserve stands full of fans to cheer them on as we all become part of the history of this tremendous event.

See you at the Relays!!

Tim WeaverMeet Director