first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 51st edition of the Drake Road Races will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019, featuring a new registration platform, cutting edge timing services, and race management, all provided by new partner, EnMotive, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays announced Thursday, Oct. 11. All finishers of the 5k, 10k and half marathon races receive a commemorative Drake Relays Road Races 51st anniversary finishers medal, a long-sleeved technical shirt and free admission to the Thursday night Distance Carnival at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee plus other exclusive special promotions and benefits. To help celebrate the partnership, prices for all three races will be 50 percent off when registration officially opens on Tuesday, Oct. 23. This exclusive discount includes the half marathon, 10k and 5k with all three races finishing in the stadium Saturday, April 20. The Drake Road Races will kick off the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, which includes a full week of events for the 110th running of America’s Athletic Classic. The date also allows every competitor to be one of the first athletes to cross the finish line on the Blue Oval with all three races again finishing inside Drake Stadium.   “Joe has led at some of the most high profile running events in Chicago and many others across the country.” Boldon added, “More than that, he went to college in Iowa and his family is in the Des Moines area so we’re excited to bring him back to contribute to our running community. I’m excited to see what Joe and his team will accomplish alongside Dan Hostager, Drake Relays Assistant Director, who helped improve and grow the event in 2018.”center_img “EnMotive is excited to be part this iconic, historic road race. Des Moines is a city near and dear to me, and I am looking forward to helping take the Drake Road Races to the next level,” said Race Director Joe Vryhof, who has local ties to Des Moines and brings years of experience in the running events industry, along with recent experience working with some of the biggest events in the country. “This year will be a step forward, as we incorporate new technology and race solutions to elevate the participant experience. From to live results, to on-site dynamic check-in and more exciting announcements yet to come, we’re confident that runners will notice an improved experience across the board.”  “The participant experience has always been a hallmark of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. This new partnership elevates the experience at the Drake Road Races to the top of industry standards,” Boldon said. “The event will stay true to its 51 year history and we’ll use the same fast 5k, 10k and half marathon courses that finished on the iconic Blue Oval last year. This year will be filled with exciting updates and innovation for our participants while keeping the same low price structure introduced last year.” Registration is 50 percent off only on Oct. 23 with discounted prices set as follows:  5k- $20, 10k – $30 and half marathon – $40. Registration information will be available at Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more