Nov 28, 2014
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Posts tagged: Penn Relays

Weekend Watch: Jamaica Runs the Penn Relays

Words by Jesse Serwer—

2010 Penn Relays

Few days are capable of filling Jamaicans, and especially Jamaicans living in the U.S., with more pride than the Saturday of the Penn Relays. The annual track and field event, held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia since 1895 (yes, it’s been happening at the same place since 1895; this year’s edition is the 120th) has been taken over by Team Jamaica in recent years, offering the U.S. its first glimpse of Jamaica’s top runners including Usain Bolt.

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Run Tings: Usain Bolt and FREE PUMAS

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton and DJ Gravy


There was a good deal of excitement this year surrounding the annual Penn Relay track and field event. Back in 1929, 50,000 people attended Franklin Field to witness Finnish nine-time Olympic gold medalist Paavo Nurmi compete, and 81 years later, that attendance record was broken, reaching nearly 55,000, and that’s not the only record that was broken!

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