Drake Road Races Partners With Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa

first_imgThe Drake Road Races, staged Sunday, Apr. 19, 2020, serves as the official start to the 2020 Drake Relays, which includes a full week of events for the 111th running of America’s Athletic Classic. Competitors in the Drake Road Races are the first athletes to cross the finish line on the Blue Oval with all three races again finishing inside Drake Stadium. For the third consecutive year, the Drake Road Races also serve as the first half of the Bulldog Double, which culminates at the Grand Blue Mile Tuesday, Apr. 21.  All finishers of the Drake Road Races, who also finish the Grand Blue Mile, will receive an exclusive, commemorative Bulldog Double medal. “We’re proud of how Drake University has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa and excited to join that partnership to give our participants this opportunity,” Boldon said. “The early season discounts and the affordability of the event give everyone the chance to donate, even if only a dollar or two. All proceeds from the donations will go to cover the expense of the students’ participation in the Drake Road Races.” For the first time in Drake Road Races history, participants will have the opportunity to sponsor the participation of a Boys & Girls Club member for the event. When registering for either the half marathon, 10k, or 5k, participants can contribute to help sponsor entry fees and participation expenses for a Boys & Girls Club member who is also preparing for the event.  The discounted registration of more than 50 percent off will be automatically applied at check out and only available on Oct. 21 and 22 with prices set as follows: 5k – $20, 10k – $30 and half marathon – $40.  “For more than five decades, our courses have featured Drake’s campus and the surrounding neighborhood,” Boldon said. “This year, all of our participants will pass the new on-campus Gregory & Suzie Burt Club. The Drake Relays has a rich history of hosting athletes of all ages and abilities. This partnership will allow runners and walkers to support kids who participate in programs right down the street from Drake Stadium.” “This opportunity is just one of the many ways we have seen the Drake community embrace our Club kids and teens with open arms,” said Jodie Warth, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. “The response from the Drake community has been overwhelming since the Club was first announced and we are grateful to continue deepening our partnership in such a meaningful way for our Club kids and teens.”  The start of registration not only features this unique opportunity to aid the efforts of the Boys & Girls Club but also offers significant discounts on race registrations. Race registrations for all three races (half marathon, 10k, 5k) will be discounted more than 50 percent through midnight, Oct. 22. DES MOINES, Iowa – Competitors in the 52nd edition of the Drake Road Races will have the unique opportunity to support the health and development of area youth in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays announced Oct. 9. All finishers of the 5k, 10k and half-marathon races receive a commemorative Drake Road Races 52nd anniversary finishers medal, a long-sleeved technical shirt and free admission to the Thursday night Distance Carnival at the Drake Relays plus other exclusive special promotions and benefits. Donating to support the participation costs of Boys & Girls Club members is efficiently completed during the registration process. Those interested in supporting the Boys & Girls Club by providing the opportunity for youth runners to compete in the Drake Road Races will be able to contribute when registration officially opens on Oct. 21. Registration information and race details are available at DrakeRoadRaces.org. About Boys & Girls Clubs of Central IowaBoys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa provides a safe, supportive place for kids and teens to be after school and during the summer, with structured programs and caring staff role models. Our highly-educated and trained professionals at our six area Club locations give 2,000 members the resources and guidance to graduate high school on time with a plan for the future. Boys & Girls Club programs help young people achieve academic success, model good character & citizenship, and live healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit bgcci.org. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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