The Woodward Relays began in 1973 with the first outdoor track invitational at Judge Charles W. Woodward High School in Rockville. The following year the cross-country event was added. 1987 marked the final Woodward Relays at Woodward High School before the school was closed, but meet director Greg Dunston was resolved to keep the meet alive. Between 1988 and 2006, the meet was mostly hosted at Walter Johnson High School where Dunston coached, but it was also hosted at Montgomery College and Richard Montgomery High School in the early 90's. In 2007, the Woodward Relays followed Dunston to Georgetown Prep School.|
The Woodward Relays is known for its signature event, the steeplechase. It also hosts a full slate of relay events including field event relays.