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2010 Penn Relays

It’s the last weekend to purchase your tickets for the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The “Penn Relays” is the biggest track competition in the USA and it has been running for over 100 years. It runs every year in the last week of April and runners from Colleges and High Schools from all over the country come to participate.

Runners Gunning for Green

The Penn Relays is promoting the GREEN Movement to educate people about what we can do to make a sustainable environment. The athletes are practicing leadership roles in their communities organizing jobs and systems to help preserve water, plants and animals.

Jamaican Jams American Records

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The big story this year at the Penn Relays will be the American-Jamaican rivalry. Since Jamaica stunned the World at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Jamaican star runners have been traveling the World to show off their miracle running skills and Usain Bolt, the World’s fastest man, is expected to be at the Penn Relays with his Jamaican teammates. Usain has broken all the World and Olympics Records for the sprinting events which were held by American runner from the 1980s Carl Lewis.

Growing Numbers

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Track fans are traveling from all over the World to watch these runners at Franklin Field. Approximately 50,000 people are expected to attend the Penn Relays each day, and up to 100,000 people will be at the stadium on the final day. There is a Carnival Atmosphere and lots to see including a museum of all the history of the great runners that have competed since 1895. The event is growing each year and this year already has 1000 teams entered.

If you don’t show up at the track, you can keep track of all the event coverage on the website http://www.thepennrelays.com/"! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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