(14-Apr) -- While historic Franklin Field will remain quiet, organizers of the Penn Relays will offer an all-virtual rendition of America's oldest track meet this year.
GRAPHIC: Digital Penn Relays billboard
Partnering with e-sports organization Gen.G and with sponsorship support from the United States Marine Corps, the Digital Penn Relays will be streamed via Twitch.tv on Friday, April 24. Organizers said through a media release that it would be the "first ever digital livestream with gaming-related content designed to connect the community with competition and infotainment."
Competitors will not actually run, jump or throw, but rather compete from gaming consoles. There will be both individual and team competitors who will attempt to conquer custom-built Minecraft courses around a virtual Franklin Field, including hurdles, water, lava and an ice race course with boats.
"We were already planning a digital activation with Gen.G during our traditional event, so we're even more excited to elevate our stream and showcase the rich history of The Penn Relays with the next generation of gamers of all ages," said Scott Ward, the Relays executive director through a statement. "Even with the physical event being interrupted, we couldn't miss the opportunity to keep our community connected and celebrate our pedigree of world class track and field athletes."
Founded in 1895, the three-day meet was originally scheduled for April 23 - 25.
The livestream will be at twitch.tv/thepennrelays from noon to 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Friday, April 24.