Athletics (Track & Field) is offered in every Special Olympics program in the world representing over 140 countries and is one of the most popular sports among athletes. Athletes are grouped in divisions according to their ability level, age and gender.

Athletes can compete in running events from the 100M dash to the 800M run. Some athletes also compete in field events such as the long jump and softball throw. Athletes of lower ability can participate in walking and throwing events and physically disabled athletes compete in wheelchair events.


2022 Competition Options

Athletes can only compete in one in-practice or in-person competitions.

In-Practice Competition

Athletes that are not comfortable traveling to a district competition will have the opportunity to race during practice and submit scores to compete virtually against athletes across the state. Athletes will be divisioned against other competing athletes. Qualifying scores are due to your Regional Athletic Director on May 8.  All final scores are due on May 22.

In-Person District Competition

SOWI will host Regional Competitions in compliance with the Return to Play Protocols based on the county hosting.

COVID-19 vaccinations are not required to compete at 2022 athletics competitions, but providing your vaccination status helps SOWI better plan each tournament within the Return to Play protocol. Click here to submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

State Competition

Athletes will advance to a multi-day state competition via quota.


In-Person Regional and State Events

  • 25m Assisted Run
  • 50m Developmental Run
  • 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 300m Run
  • 25m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m Walk
  • Relays: 4x100m, 4x100m Unified, 4x200m, 4x400m
  • Walking Relays: 4x100m, 4x100m Unified
  • Wheelchair: 25m, 30m Slalom, 100m, 200m
  • Motorized Wheelchair: 25m Obstacle, 30m Slalom, 50m Slalom
  • Long Jump: Standing and Running
  • Mini Javelin
  • Softball Throw
  • Shot Put

In-Practice Events

  • 25m, 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m Run
  • 25m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m Walk
  • Wheelchair: 25m, 30m Slalom, 100m, 200m
  • Motorized Wheelchair: 25m Obstacle, 30m Slalom, 50m Slalom
  • Long Jump: Standing and Running
  • Mini Javelin
  • Softball Throw

Important Dates

Medical Deadline: April 1

In-Practice Competition: Qualifying scores are due to your Regional Athletic Director on May 8.  All final scores are due May 22.

In-Person Competitions:

DIRECTOR REGIONS
ASSIGNED 
EVENT DATE SITE
(LOCATION)
ENTRY DEADLINE
Amber Weinfurter 2 May 14 Merrill
High School
(Merrill)
April 27
Michaela Harrison 3 May 7 Chippewa Falls
High School (Chippewa Falls)
April 20
Curt Evans 4 & 5 May 21 Ashwaubenon
High School (Ashwaubenon)
May 4
Nicole Christensen 6 May 15 Oregon
High School
(Oregon)
April 27
Brooke Trewyn 7 May 14 Case
High School
(Racine)
April 27
Jason Blank 8 May 14 Muskego
High School
(Muskego)
April 27

 

State Competition:

DIRECTOR EVENT
DATE
SITE
(LOCATION)
ENTRY
DEADLINE
SCRATCH DEADLINE
Jason Blank July 29 – 31 Carroll University (Waukesha) July 11 July 15

 


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