By Travis Morgan
Des Moines, IA -
The Blue Oval at Drake Stadium has hosted countless spectacular races over the Drake Relays' century-long history, but this year's competition is poised to rival them all.
The field of elite competitors for the 2013 Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee, Inc., has expanded to include more Olympians and hometown heroes. There are now 25 medalists from the London Games scheduled to compete in the Relays this year, among a field of 130 elite competitors.
Also joining the Relays, which run April 26–28, is Olympian and Des Moines native Lolo Jones, a perpetual fan favorite. Jones' inclusion in the 100-meter hurdle field gives the event an added boost as it already features 2012 silver and bronze medalists Dawn Harper and Katie Wells, respectively.
Of the 12 London Games rematches scheduled for the Relays, seven will be part of Hy-Vee Night at the Relays. These Friday evening events on the Blue Oval will conclude with an explosive fireworks display.