Track and field, also known as athletics, encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through training programs, participants can develop total fitness to compete in any sport.

Special Olympics track and field is a summer sport where athletes train and compete from March through June.

Available Track Events

  • Assisted walk – 10M, 25M, 50M
  • Walk – 25M, 50M, 100M, 400M, 800M, 1500M
  • Dash – 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M, 400M
  • Run – 800M, 1500M, 3000M, 5000M, 10000M
  • Relay – 4x100M traditional & Unified, 4x400M traditional & Unified
  • Walk relay – 4x100M
  • Wheelchair race – 10M, 25M, 100M, 200M, 400M,
  • Wheelchair shuttle relay – 4x25M
  • Wheelchair slalom – 30M
  • Motorized wheelchair obstacle race – 25M
  • Motorized wheelchair slalom – 30M, 50M

Available Field Events

  • Standing long jump
  • Shot put
  • Wheelchair shot put
  • Wheelchair tennis ball throw
  • Wheelchair softball throw
  • High jump
  • Running long jump
  • Softball throw*
  • Tennis ball throw*
  • Mini-javelin
  • Penathlon – 100M dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400M dash

*Athletes that can throw a softball or tennis ball more than 25M are strongly encouraged to participate in a different field event.

Participation Information

Special Olympics track and field athletes may compete in two individual events and two relay events.

Criteria for Advancement

  • Coaches may use additional criteria to evaluate athletes for higher level competition.
  • Areas will receive quota slots after area competition is complete. Areas will then distribute quotas based on that area’s established criteria for advancement.

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