Speed skating provides both cardiovascular and aerobic benefits, as well as improving muscle strength, balance and coordination. Speed skating is a winter sport where athletes train and compete from October through February with the hopes of competing at the state Winter Games.

Local Training Programs should visit our winter competition page to register athletes for Winter Games.


General Information

The Speed Skating Fact Sheet provides general information on the sport’s background, popularity and statistics in the Special Olympics sports world.

The Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for speed skating shall govern all Special Olympics competitions. View the most updated Speed Skating Rules.

Article 1 provides general principles established by the Special Olympics Official General Rules that are not found in sport-specific rules. When there is conflict between a sport’s official rules and the general rules, the general rules in Article 1 will be followed.


Competition Events

  • 25M Straightaway
  • 111M Race
  • 333M Race
  • 500M Race
  • 777M Race.

Upcoming Events


Coaching Resources

Special Olympics New Jersey strives to provide additional sport training to our athletes so that they are at their best when it comes time for training and competition. Please make sure to check back regularly for new and upcoming training resources!

Coaches are encouraged to use the resources below to be as prepared as possible for speed skating training and competition.

If you have any questions on coaching, contact Volunteer Services at volunteer@sonj.org or visit our coach section for information.


Additional Speed Skating Information

Sports Registration Checklist

Read through and complete this checklist of to-dos before signing up for a local program.