I attended my first Drake Relays in 1997 when son Michael was running for Washington High School. My family sent me for my birthday and I can honestly say that it bordered on a religious experience for me. It was a treat to watch Michael's 4 x 400 relay team place 6th despite the fact that anchor Rob Brimmer was tripped, then bumped after he picked himself up off the track.
I have always liked track. I ran in high school and covered the track and cross country teams while working as an assistant to the sports information director at South Dakota State University. I even took coaching of track. As a class, we ran the meets that SDSU hosted. I served as public address announcer.
I have been to the Texas Relays, the NCAA Championships -- even the 1976 Montreal Olympics with brother John.
Over the years at Drake, I have had the pleasure of watching such top athletes as Michael Johnson, Kevin Little, Jeremy Wariner, Joey Woody and Lolo Jones perform at Drake. It was also a thrill to watch SDSU's Brad Lowery win the 1500 in 2005 after already winning the 5000.
I'm sure I'll be back at the blue track in 2009.
George Dorman - News and Operations Director