• 98th Annual
    Howard Wood Dakota Relays
    May 5 - 6, 2023

  • Merchandise can be purchased at the
    Howard Wood Web Store

    Howard Wood Web Store
  • Download your Dakota Relays Scholarship form

    Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 12, 2023

  • Event Registration

    Registration opens at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 27, 2023.
    Registration closes at 12:00 PM on Monday, May 1, 2023.



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 98th running of the Relays is scheduled for Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2023. More than 3,000 middle and high school 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.

Bill O’Connor
Howard Wood Dakota Relays Board of Directors
(605) 310-4589

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Important Dates

Scholarship Deadline

2023 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 and Field student athletes of accomplishment who have chosen to continue participation in the sport at the collegiate level in our State. Winners will be announced at the afternoon session on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Application Deadline:  April 12, 2023
Please mail to:
Dakota Relays Gold Medal Scholarship
324 E. 21st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Registration Deadline

Registration opens at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 27, 2023.
Registration closes at 12:00 PM on Monday, May 1, 2023.

Hall of Fame Courtyard

The Courtyard at Howard Wood Field welcomes visitors at the main entrance on the southwest 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.