3 Major Changes Coming to Drake Relays

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DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2015 Drake Relays will look a little different this year as they are adding new elements.

The three new additions will be using renewable wind energy, adding a Paralympic event and changing the location of the pole vault.

“Something fresh,” said Drake Relay director Brian Brown. “We always try to do something different.”

The pole vault event has been held at the Jordan Creek Mall in previous years and will move outside to Court Ave. and 2nd St.

“It also allowed for us a little opportunity to do something new,” Brown said. “We have had it four or five times in the mall. Great location, great opportunity but it offers something a little different. As a jumper you keep wanting to raise the bar, you want to get better and that is what we did.”

The pole vault had to move from Jordan Creek Mall because of the addition of a new kiosk in the rotunda.

This year will also feature the usage of renewable energy from MidAmerican.

“This will be our biggest year ever for wind construction, and partnering with the Drake Relays, one of the nation’s premier athletic events, is a great way to celebrate that achievement and create awareness of the benefits of wind energy,” said Adam Wright, vice president, Mid-American.

Brown saw the importance in being a responsible consumer of energy with the relays, so the partnership with MidAmerican was a no-brainer.

“It is important for us to partner with MidAmerica, it’s important for us to be a clean event,” Brown said. “It shows we are good partner to the community as well.”

A new event will also be an addition to the schedule, Paralympics.

“So big time inclusion at the Drake Relays,” Brown said. “We have a blind runner. You have a single leg amputee. You have a double leg amputee. Those are great athletes.”

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