As a former track and field athlete at East High School, one of the best meets I ever ran in was the East Relays. I was saddened when I heard the East Relays no longer took place. The Relays were more than just a track meet. It was one of the top attended sports activities in town. It was the place to be. Some athletes that ran in the meet went on to be Olympians.
When I took over as the East head track coach in 2015, my first priority was to bring the East Relays back to Rockford and make the sport of track and field relevant again in our city. With a lot of hard work and support, we were able to relaunch the East Relays in 2016. The event gives young men and women another avenue to display their talent on the track.
Our featured team is once again East St. Louis, one of the top teams in Illinois and the country. The East Relays will also feature the showdown for the city middle school 4x100 relay in both the boys and girls divisions. A new event this year is the community mile. The event is open to everyone.
Join us at 10 a.m. on April 27 at Swanson Stadium. View the East Relays flyer for details.
Demolition at the former King Elementary School will start next week, and bricks from the school will be available to the public starting Dec. 2.
Rockford Public Schools will celebrate the eighth annual Champions Ball and Athletic Hall of Fame at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.
A limited number of bricks will be in a pile outside the construction fence, first come first served.
501 7th St., Rockford, IL 61104
M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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