Mid-April should be a good time to hold a track meet. But the Sioux City Relays, which start Friday, are again being plagued by bad weather.
"It seems like every year bad weather precedes the Sioux City Relays and this year is no different," said KTIV's Nick Filipowski. "A steady mix of rain and snow has already caused some scheduling changes. The middle school and freshman events on Friday have been canceled and the field events with the exception of the pole vault and hammer throw have been moved to Saturday. About 3 and half inches of snow fell Wednesday night and into Thursday and most of that has melted on the track, but it still making preparations difficult for this year's running of the relays."
"It's just extra hard," said Bob Prince, Co-Director of the Sioux City Relays. "When you're out setting up and it's snowing and raining it's just 10 times harder to get going and stay dry and do all those things. You tend to want to delay it, hoping the weather gets better."
Safety is also a concern. The track at Olsen Stadium is an all weather track so it should be ready to go on Friday, but the concern is more on the athletes and protecting them from the elements.
"What we're concerned about it just the temperature and the wind. If we deem on Friday by 3:30 that it's just not acceptable, we just won't run those events," added Prince.
If things don't clear up, there is a possibility for all the events on Friday to be canceled but that decision won't be made until 3:30 on Friday. As for Saturday, temperatures are supposed to rise into the 50's and as of now, everything is still going on as planned. But day one of the 49th running of the Sioux City Relays is in jeopardy.
There will be free admission to Friday's events. The first running event is the college women's 10,000 meters at 4 o'clock on Friday.
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