• 99th Annual
    Howard Wood Dakota Relays
    May 3 - 4, 2024

  • Merchandise can be purchased at the
    Howard Wood Web Store

    Howard Wood Web Store
  • Download your Dakota Relays Scholarship form

    Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 10, 2024

  • Event Registration

    Registration opens at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 25, 2024.
    Registration closes at 12:00 PM on Monday, April 29, 2024.



On behalf of the Howard Wood Relays Committee we welcome you to the 99th edition of the Howard Wood Dakota Relays. Coach Howard Wood started this one day event on May 4,1923 that has now evolved into a premier two day event that features over 3000 middle school and high school athletes from the upper Midwest.

This year’s meet is Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. The success of this event has been the hard work of numerous volunteers, loyal sponsors from the Sioux Falls business community, continued improvements to Howard Wood Field and fans like you that support track and field!

We are both proud and appreciative in continuing this outstanding track and field event and hope you enjoy the 99th running of the Howard Wood Dakota Relays!

Scott Fiedler
Howard Wood Dakota Relays Board of Directors

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Important Dates

2024 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Deadline

Ellen Merkley

Lucas Flemmer

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 4, 2024.

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Please mail to:

Dakota Relays
Attn: Gold Medal Scholarship
PO Box 2311
Sioux Falls, SD 57101

If you have any further questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the scholarship committee: [email protected]

Registration Deadline

Registration opens at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 25, 2024.
Registration closes at 12:00 PM on Monday, April 29, 2024.

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.

If you have any further questions regarding the Hall of Fame Courtyard, please do not hesitate to contact the legacy committee:

[email protected]