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

  • Merchandise can be purchased at the
    Howard Wood Web Store

    Howard Wood Web Store
  • Download your Dakota Relays Scholarship form

    Application Deadline: April 14, 2021

  • Event Registration

    Registration opens at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 29, 2021.
    Registration closes at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.


Howard Wood Dakota Relays New Digital Program

Howard Wood Dakota Relays COVID-19 Statement

Updated April 21, 2021

At the March 3, 2021 Board of Directors meeting of the Howard Wood Dakota Relays, the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Board of Directors acknowledged to host a two-day High School Division Only event for the running of the 2021 Howard Wood Dakota Relays.  This will provide the Board an opportunity to safely run our 2021 event and ultimately support the Sioux Falls School Districts primary goal of continuing in a traditional school setting.  Below you will find an updated schedule and key dates and times:

2021 Howard Wood Dakota Relays Schedule and Entry Updates

  • All running events will be run as finals
  • All field events will have preliminaries and finals
  • Entries per event are listed on schedule

March 26:          Updated Meet Information Released
March 29:          Registration begins at 8:00 AM
April 28:             Registration closes at 10:00 AM

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.  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

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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 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

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.