The World Athletics Heritage Plaque has been awarded to the Kansas Relays on its 100th anniversary and 93rd edition. The event goes Saturday, April 15 at the University of Kansas.

Started in 1923, the relays have run each year except from 1943 to 1945, due to WW2, from 1998 to 1999, due to stadium renovations, and 2020 to 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Significantly, the award of the World Athletics Heritage Plaque marks the return of the Kansas Relays, last held in 2019, following the pandemic,” said United States’ World Athletics Council Member Willie Banks, a former triple jump world record holder and silver medallist from the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki.

“The annual three-day celebration of the very best of track and field in Lawrence, Kansas, which thoroughly deserves this recognition, has been the stage of countless great performances by world and Olympic medallists and world record-breakers.

“Over the last hundred years the Kansas Relays, from seniors to high schoolers, has established itself as one of the most important invitational track and field competitions in the USA.”