Drake Blue Oval Showcase Presented By Mediacom Announces Additional Details
In less than two weeks, some of the finest professional track & field athletes in the world will arrive at Drake Stadium to compete in the Drake Blue Oval Showcase presented by Mediacom Aug. 29 at 11:30 a.m.
Additional details for the one-of-a-kind event in central Iowa were revealed, including broadcast partner, World Athletics certification, and some world-class athletes set to compete.
“Since we announced the Blue Oval Showcase, we’ve been overcome by the excited response from our local community and the sport of track & field,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “It’s been a tremendous undertaking to safely host a competition of this nature during these times. However, with the support we’ve received from our partners, including Mediacom, and the excitement this event has created, we’re thrilled to announce some of the progress we’ve made in preparing to host the Blue Oval Showcase.”
Boldon has received tremendous response from athletes angling for a spot in the Blue Oval Showcase as the first major track & field event on American soil since the pandemic began. That interest includes the likes of Olympic record holder Ryan Crouser (shot put) and American record holder Sandi Morris (pole vault) in the field events.
On the track, talents such as Olympic Champion Dawn Harper-Nelson (100mH) and two-time World Champion Shakima Wimbley (200m) headline an outstanding lineup that is being assembled. Both have enjoyed tremendous success on the Blue Oval, with Wimbley winning back-to-back USATF titles in Des Moines the last two years.
Fields are also coming together in the seven other events slated to be contested, including the USATF Road 1-Mile Championship.
Confirmed athletes represent 12 countries and include 22 Olympians and 70 World Championship qualifiers. The competitors have won a total of seven Olympic medals, including three gold, 24 World Championship medals, 52 NCAA titles and 70 National Championships. More of these world class athletes will be announced in the coming days.
Source: Drake Relays