Numerous Fan Events Surrounding 89th Kansas Relays Presented by Subway


LAWRENCE, Kan. – Track events held on the streets of Lawrence, food trucks and fireworks are just a few of the exciting activities that are set to take place in conjunction with the Kansas Relays presented by Subway later this week. The 89th edition of the meet is taking place at the Jayhawks’ state-of-the-art track facility at Rock Chalk Park, April 20-23.

  • Street Pole Vault – Thursday (April 21), 5:30 pm
    • Lawrence will again be the site of one of the more unique track events in the United States as the Kansas Relays will feature a Street Pole Vault Exhibition. The event is set for 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 21 and will be held in the parking lot of the Salty Iguana restaurant near the corner of Sixth and Wakarusa in west Lawrence. The event will feature eight male professionals in an exhibition-style pole vault competition. There will be predetermined heights, with each athlete earning a dollar amount per clearance. Just like a normal pole vault event, if an athlete fails to clear a bar after three attempts at one height, he will be out of the competition. The final vaulter remaining will be declared the winner. In addition to the pole vault, Salty Iguana and other area businesses will offer food and beverages for sale in the parking lot during the event. Appearances by Big Jay and Baby Jay will also be a part of the festivities.
  • Downtown Shot Put – Friday (April 22), 6 pm
    • For the sixth-consecutive year, a collection of the world’s top shot putters will hit the streets of Lawrence to take part in the now-iconic Downtown Shot Put competition on Friday, April 22. The event, hosted by eXplore Lawrence, will be held in conjunction with the 89th Kansas Relays and again set to be held at Eighth & New Hampshire Streets in downtown Lawrence and will begin at 6 p.m.
  • Lane10 Tent – Friday-Saturday (April 22-23), All Day
    • For the second-straight year at the Kansas Relays, fans will have an opportunity to enjoy their favorite food and beverages at the “Lane10 Tent”, which will be open during Friday and Saturday’s events. The Lane10 Tent will be located just north of the Rock Chalk Park track and will be open to all fans in attendance. The area will be open beginning Friday at 7 a.m., and remain open until the final event Saturday evening. Fans will have a wide variety of food and treat vendors to choose from, including Salty Iguana, 23rd Street Brewery, Mr. Bacon’s Barbecue and Torched Goodness. 
    • The Lane10 Tent will include the Family Fun Zone from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, complete with inflatable games and other activities for the whole family. The Army ROTC and National Guard will also bring a climbing wall, as well as an authentic Military Police Armored Vehicle on display.
    • The Lane10 Tent will also feature a Beverage Garden, to open at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, complete with beer and wine provided by Salty Iguana and 23rd Street Brewery. Fans 21 years and older can purchase a Beverage Garden membership for $20, which will include four beverages.
  • Collegiate Quadrangular – Saturday (April 23), 4:30-8pm
    • For the second-straight year, the Kansas Relays will feature a collegiate quadrangular with four teams set to take part in the scored competition. Kansas will go head-to-head with former Big 12 rival Nebraska as well as Colorado State and Rice during the two-day competition that will span 40 men’s and women’s track & field events. At the 2015 Kansas Relays, the Kansas Jayhawk men’s and women’s teams swept the quadrangular competitions with the KU men coming out on top with 226 points, while the women amassed 194 points for the win.
    • The format of the quadrangular will be similar to other scored collegiate meets such as the Big 12 Championships and the NCAA Championships. Individuals will earn points based on their finish in their respective events. Only the top-two finishers from each team will be scored in each individual event, and be allowed only one team in the relays.
  • Fireworks – Saturday (April 23), 8pm
    • The Kansas Relays will end with a bang, literally, as a fireworks show is scheduled to close out the event on Saturday night. The show will be run in conjunction with the meet’s final event, the men’s quadrangular 4×400-meter relay, at 8:07 p.m.

More on the 89th Kansas Relays Presented by Subway
Now in its 89th year, the Kansas Relays returns as one of the most historic and popular collegiate and high school track & field competitions in the nation. This year’s meet is setting up to be another exciting event that will feature thousands of collegiate, post-collegiate and high school track athletes from across the United States in action over four days at Kansas’ state-of-the-art facility, Rock Chalk Park. The meet will again feature an exciting scored team match-up during the final day of competition, with the host Kansas looking to defend its quadrangular title from a year ago against former Big 12 foe Nebraska as well as Colorado State and Rice.
Single day tickets for adults start at $10 and $5 for youth and seniors. KU Students will be admitted for free with a student ID. Fans can also go online at to purchase discounted tickets.