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Daily News 2012 Penn Relays Agenda

The 118th Penn Relays run Wednesday through Saturday at Franklin Field, 33rd Street between Walnut and South Streets.

What: The 118th Penn Relays.

When: Wednesday through Saturday.

Where: Franklin Field on Penn campus, 33rd Street between Walnut and South Streets.

TV: Saturday, NBC10, 1-3 p.m.


Live blog:

Online page:

Tickets: From $18 to $55. Check box office, online or call l 1-855-UofP TIX.

Wednesday: Men's decathlon, women's heptathlon.

Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.: High school and college women's events, Olympic development events.

Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Grade school boys and girls, high school boys and girls, college men and women, masters men's events; Olympic development, Championship of America races.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.: High school boys, Olympic development, Championship of America finals, USA vs. World races.

Field events:
Pole vault, long jump, high jump at Franklin Field; hammer, discus, shot, javelin outside stadium, over the bridge, take a right past tennis courts and down to fields.

Wheelchair access: Call 215-898-6151.

Getting there: Public transportation recommended. Limited parking at garages at South and Convention, 34th and Chestnut, and 40th and Walnut.

Weather: Events go rain or shine on all-weather track. Events might run up to 10 minutes ahead of schedule.

Names: Thanks to Frank Bertucci, who actually scours the 20,815 entrants, here are a few gems culled from the list: A 23-letter name (Providence College's Charlotte Ffrench O'Carroll) and 16 variations of two-letter last names (Hu, Ho, Xu, Yu, Wu, Lu, Mu etc), famous names (Alice Cooper, Manson, Marx).

There are literary names (Dickens, Orwell, Hawthorne); an Iverson (Precious, from Virginia Beach, Va.); a Poe and a Raven; Hall of Famers and MVPs (Ruth, Cobb, Killebrew, Campanella, Pujols, Favre, Blanda, Esposito, Orr, Brodeur); presidents (25); Christians; Pagans; Popes; Kings; Queens; Princes and Princesses and Angels; Love, Justice, Faith, Destiny, Patience, Charity, Modesty, Trust, Grace, Liberty and Treasure.

There are Shakesperean names (Hamlet, Lear, Caesar, Brutus, Romeo) and a 4x100 girls relay team from Hillsdale, N.J., with first names that have to tax their coach's memory when Anjolaoluwa hands off to Zakiyyah who hands off to Celevia who gives to anchor Cayuette.