• 93rd Annual
    Howard Wood Dakota Relays
    May 4-5, 2018

  • T-shirts can be purchased at the
    Wood Wear Store under the grandstand.

    Other HWDR items are also available.

  • Download your Dakota Relays Scholarship form

    Application Deadline: April 18, 2018

  • Event Registration

    April 1, 2017 until May 1, 2018 at 9:00 am


Howard Wood Dakota Relays.

The Howard Wood Dakota Relays has experienced phenomenal growth since the first one-day event was held May 4, 1923. Over the years it has become one of South Dakota’s premier athletic events.

The 93rd running of the Relays is scheduled for May 4 & May 5, 2018. More than 3,000 middle school, high school, college and university student athletes will be competing. The dedication of hundreds of volunteers, the financial support of area businesses and the outstanding facilities makes the Howard Wood Dakota Relays the meet of choice for many area track fans.

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Important Dates

Scholarship Deadline

2017 Scholarship Winners

The Dakota Relays Gold Medal scholarship was established in 2000. The Howard Wood Dakota Relays Board of Directors created the scholarship to reward South Dakota Track & Field student athletes of accomplishment who have chosen to continue participation in the sport at the collegiate level in our State. Winners are announced during the Saturday session.

Application Deadline: April 18, 2018
Please mail to:
Dakota Relays Gold Medal Scholarship
5105 E. Prospect
Sioux Falls, SD 57110

Registration Deadline

Registration opens on April 1, 2018.
Registration closes on May 1, 2018 at 9:00 am.

Hall of Fame Courtyard

The Courtyard at Howard Wood Field welcomes visitors at the main entrance on the southeast corner of Wood Field. It is surrounded by fencing and landscaping and features sponsor-named pavers which helped fund the project.

In addition to recognizing past and future members of the Relays Hall of Fame, this new area displays some history of the Field, reflecting on the life of Coach Howard Wood and wife Ruth Wells Wood. The Dakota Relays, which started in 1923, was later renamed in honor of Howard Wood. The Wood family knew the growth of the meet relied on volunteer workers. Our Courtyard is a tribute to all the volunteers who have made this a special event for so many years.

If you are interested in purchasing a paver for yourself or in honor/memory of someone near to you, your donation of $100 per paver/name can be made by completing the information on the form and mailing it with your payment to the address listed.

Download Form


The Howard Wood Dakota Relays Board gratefully acknowledges the general financial support of the following firms and individuals who make this meet possible each year. Following each sponsor’s name is the number of years they have been a sponsor since listing was started in 1958.

Golden Sponsors

The Board would like to recognize and Thank the following sponsors for supporting the Howard Wood Dakota Relays for “50 or more years” since listing was started in 1958.

Augustana College Athletics 58 Jeld-Wen 51 Schoeneman Bros. Lumber Company 58
Best Business Products 58 Kreisers, Inc 56 Shipley’s Laundry & Dry Cleaning 57
Brown & Saenger 58 Lewis Drug Stores 58 Sioux Falls Construction – Journey Group 58
Dauby’s Sports Center 57 Mahlanders Appliance & Lighting 50 Taylor Oil Co. 52
Deans Foods – Land O’ Lakes 57 McKinney Olson Insurance 58 TSP 56
Eide Bailly LLP 57 Parker Transfer & Storage 58 University of Sioux Falls 50
Getty Abstract-Midwest Title 51 Pride Neon, Inc. 51 US Bank 57
Girton-Adams Ice Co. 56 Raven Industries, Inc. 57 Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith 58
Howalt-McDowell Insurance 52 Robson True Value Hardware 57
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