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The Penn Relay Carnival

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On Thursday, 4/27, the Penn Relay Carnival kicks off its 123rd year at University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field. This annual event is the first – and most widely recognized – relay meet in the world. In fact, did you know more athletes compete at Penn Relays than at the Olympic Games? Each spring, spectators from near and far head to Franklin Field to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete. Don’t miss your chance to witness history and take part in one of Philadelphia’s greatest traditions.

Over the course of the three-day event, top high school, collegiate, masters, and even Olympic athletes take the field in hopes of bringing home a medal. The meet is accompanied by a festival offering food, crafts, and souvenirs along the streets surround the stadium. Whether you’re an avid track and field fan or just want to experience a Philadelphia tradition, the Penn Relay Carnival is a can’t-miss event.

With crowds at the relays of up to 100,000 and the NFL Draft falling on the same weekend, avoid traffic and parking costs and take SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 30th Street. Franklin Field, located on 33rd & Wanut Streets, is just a few blocks away. Coming from the suburbs? Take any SEPTA Regional Rail Line to 30th Street Station and make the short walk to the stadium. You can also hop off at University City Station. Use the map below as a reference. 

If you’re flying into Philadelphia for the Penn Relays, make sure to book your transportation to and from the airport in advance with Mozio. Learn more here

Whether you’re an avid track and field fan or just want to experience a Philadelphia tradition, the Penn Relay Carnival is a can’t-miss event. Enjoy the races!

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