43 Phenomenal Years (And Counting!) of Teamwork and Baton Passes

COUNTRY Financial, the Optimist Club of Salem and the City of Salem Public Works Department Parks & Transportation Services Division are partnering together to present the COUNTRY Financial Kids Relays.

Growing Teamwork with Every Step

For more than four decades, thousands of youth from Salem, Ore., have participated in a unique and teamwork-friendly relay competition. With COUNTRY Financial as the presenting sponsor, COUNTRY Financial Kids Relays has successfully combined friendly competition and positive team strategizing to produce an event spanning 43 years (and counting). Sportsmanship and teamwork are exercised every step of the race. The 43rd annual COUNTRY Financial Kids Relays will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Willamette University’s McCulloch Stadium.

Last Year's Results

Check out the 2016 race results.

Mayor's Mile Time Trials

Boys' Results
  1. Harritt - 04:59.82
  2. Battle Creek - 05:00.25
  3. Chapman Hill - 05:02.30
  4. Myers - 05:02.74
  5. Clear Lake - 05:04.21
  6. Queen of Peace - 05:06.28
  7. Scott - 05:07.87
  8. Kalapuya - 05:08.43
Girls' Results
  1. Lamb - 05:17.47
  2. Schirle - 05:20.67
  3. Myers - 05:21.96
  4. Sumpter - 05:23.04
  5. Gubser - 05:24.00
  6. Chapman Hill - 05:25.32
  7. Harritt - 05:27.54
  8. Scott - 05:30.18

T-shirt Design Contest

The winning student’s design will be featured on t-shirts! This lucky student will also receive a $1,000 donation for their school and a pizza party for their class. 

2017 Theme

The theme guiding this year's design contest is: Work Hard. Have fun! The slogan does not need to be included in the design, but student artwork should express the theme.


Each school must submit their one entry to the COUNTRY Financial office by March 16th. Submissions received after this deadline may not be eligible for consideration.

The student with the winning design will be notified through their school via phone/e-mail the end of April.