The Penn Relays are one of Philadelphia’s most historic traditions. Here’s a guide to catching the races.


When: April 23 – 25, 2015

Where: Franklin Field, located on 33rd Street between Spruce and Walnut near Penn’s Campus in University City.

What: The Penn Relays are the longest running uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country. This year is the 121st straight year (!) of track and field events, featuring over 15,000 top middle school, high school, college and even Olympic-level athletes, ranging in age from 8 to 80. Saturday is the biggest day of the Penn Relays, with attendance surpassing the 50,000 mark.

When you want to take a break from the races, check out the Penn Relays Carnival Village, featuring Penn Relays merch & apparel, yummy food and drinks, exhibits, promotions and giveaways.


Thursday, April 23; 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
-High School Girls
-College Women
-Nighttime Distance Races

Friday, April 24; 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
-High School Boys & Girls
-College Men & Women
-Olympic Development Events

Saturday, April 25; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

-College Men & Women
-High School Boys
-USA vs. The World

For the full race schedule, click here.

Remember: Events are rain or shine and can run up to 10 min. ahead of scheduled times. If there’s an event you really want to see, make sure to get there early.


Tickets: Tickets are $18 – 55. For more information on tickets, seating and prices, call 1-855-UofP TIX or click here.

Parking: Franklin Field and Penn’s Campus is easy to get to via public transportation. For information, go to For info on parking, visit the Penn Parking Services website.

Maps: For a detailed map of the raceway Carnival and the area around the races as well as places to eat, click here.


SEPTA says no detours are planned on its Bus Routes 21, 40, and 42, which provide service to the Franklin Field area, but these routes may experience delays.

SEPTA recommends using rail service for access to the University City/Franklin Field area:

-The Market Frankford Line stop at 34th Street Station
-Subway Surface Trolley Stops at 33rd, 36th, and 37th Street Stations
-Regional Rail Line service at University City Station, only a short walk away from Franklin Field

More information is available at