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Drake to host pro track event minus fans

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Track and field will return to Drake Stadium this fall. Weeks after announcing the cancellation of the Drake Relays, school officials unveiled the Blue Oval Showcase, a professional event featuring more than 100 elite level athletes.

The event, run on August 29, will go on without fans in the stands. Athletes will also need to test negative for COVID-19 to go along with other implemented safety measures. On the track, athletes will be spread out in every other lane to maintain social distancing.

Drake Relays director Blake Boldon said the interest from athletes had been swift in the hours prior to the public announcement.

"By the time I walked over here, had finished some final notes and walked over, dozens of emails had come in," said Boldon, "In addition, close to a hundred athletes had already expressed interest."

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