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

COUNTRY Financial, the Optimist Club of Salem and City of Salem Parks & Recreation 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 45 years (and counting). Sportsmanship and teamwork are exercised every step of the race. The 45th annual COUNTRY Financial Kids Relays will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Willamette University’s McCulloch Stadium.

General Information

Review general information about the event.

Event Day Information

Event day information is available both in English and Spanish.

Event Guidelines

Download the 2019 event guidelines.

Mayor's Mile Finalists

Girls Top 8
  • Myers
  • Kalapuya
  • Sumpter
  • Candalaria
  • Chapman Hill
  • Auburn
  • Scott
  • Gubser
Boys Top 8
  • Kalapuya
  • Candalaria
  • Chapman Hill
  • Auburn 
  • Brush College
  • Schirle
  • Clear Lake
  • Pringle

Are you interested in joining the COUNTRY Kids Relay team as a volunteer? Learn more and apply to volunteer.

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. 

2019 Theme

The theme guiding this year's design contest is: T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More.The slogan does not need to be included in the design, but student artwork should express the theme.

Congratulations to 2019's winner, Chloe Lambright from Chapman Hill!