• 95th Annual
    Howard Wood Dakota Relays

  • 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 30, 2020.
    Registration closes at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Good Afternoon,

Following Governor Noem’s announcement of school closure in the State of South Dakota through May 1, 2020, the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Board of Directors, in cooperation with district, local and state officials, have made the very difficult decision of cancelling the 2020 Howard Wood Dakota Relays. We share in the disappointment and heartbreak of our student-athletes that will be unable to compete in 2020. However, the health and well-being of our participants, volunteers and spectators remains our top priority during these unprecedented times. We wish you good health and look forward to seeing you next year on April 30th – May 1st, 2021.

If you would like to purchase 2020 Dakota Relays memorabilia, please click link below:
2020 Dakota Relays Web Store

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

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 95th running of the Relays is scheduled for May 1 & May 2, 2020. 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.

 Weather for Sioux Falls

Important Dates

Scholarship Deadline

2019 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 15, 2020
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 30, 2020.
Registration closes at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

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

2018 Corporate Sponsors

The Howard Wood Dakota Relays Board gratefully acknowledges the general financial support of the following corporate sponsors who make this meet possible each year.

  • A-OK Sanitary
  • Avera Sports & Orthopedics
  • Brandon ACE
  • ChiroSport
  • Citi
  • CorTrust Bank
  • Dakota Sports
  • Dakota Timing
  • Eide Bailly
  • First Bank & Trust
  • First Dakota National Bank
  • First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard
  • Great Western Bank
  • High Point Networks
  • Hillman Properties
  • Howalt + McDowell Insurance
  • Kirby Ramsey Leasing
  • Lewis
  • MD Engraving
  • Orthopedic Institute
  • Overhead Door
  • Ramkota Companies
  • Riverside Technologies, Inc.
  • Sammons Financial Group
  • Sanford Health
  • SDN Communications
  • Sioux Falls Sedation Dentistry
  • Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital
  • Southeast Tech
  • Stewart Title
  • Taco John’s/Five Guys
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard