• 96th Annual
    Howard Wood Dakota Relays
    April 30 & May 1, 2021

  • 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: Details Coming Soon

  • Event Registration

    Registration opens at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 29, 2021.
    Registration closes at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.


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 96th running of the Relays is scheduled for April 30 & May 1, 2021. 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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Howard Wood Dakota Relays COVID-19 Statement

The Howard Wood Dakota Relays Board of Directors top priority is and will be the health and safety of our student participants, volunteers, and spectators as we work to provide a first class event in 2021.  The Board of Directors will be working with city, state, and national officials to develop safety guidelines and protocols for the running of the 2021 Howard Wood Dakota Relays.  These guidelines and protocols will continually be evaluated to ensure the health and safety of all. If a decision is made to alter, delay, or cancel the 2021 Dakota Relays, we will issue appropriate communication to all stakeholders and local media. We appreciate your understanding as we diligently work to provide a first class opportunity for our participants, volunteers and spectators.

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

Important Dates

Scholarship Deadline

2020 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 14, 2021
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 29, 2021.
Registration closes at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

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.

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