By Michael Bennett

The Penn Relays, which have not been interrupted since its founding 125 years ago, have been canceled this year during the coronavirus pandemic.

In its place, the Penn will try to host a substitute track meet in late May or early June, it said in a press release.

But the format of that event will not match that of the Penn Relays, one of the signature events of track and field competition for high school, college and club athletes. The Penn Relays are the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States.

“We cannot host an event in late April without putting our participants, spectators, officials, volunteers, and staff at risk,” said Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, director of recreation and intercollegiate athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. “We remain hopeful that the recent measures put in place by many health organizations, government officials, and academic institutions will curtail the spread of this disease.”

Ticket orders will be credited toward the 2021 event automatically. But refunds also will be available by request.

To get a refund for the 2020 Penn Relays, click here.