Snowshoe could be considered the winter equivalent of track with many of the same sports skills being used. Athletes can compete in dash and distance events either on snow or grass depending on weather conditions. This versatility allows for individuals in warmer climates to train and compete in a winter sport despite the weather conditions.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in snowshoe compete locally at a Region Qualifying event.

Snowshoe Events Offered in Illinois

  • 50 Meter Race
  • 100 Meter Race
  • 200 Meter Race
  • 400 meter Race
  • 800 Meter Race
  • 1600 Meter Race
  • 4X100 Meter Relay


Traditional snowshoe, no long distance or relays: All athletes will be given the opportunity to compete in 2 events. Events being offered are:  50m, 100m, and 200m races.

2021 Region C Snowshoe Final Schedule By Race

Event will take place entirely outdoors, Coaches and athletes will have access to a warming garage when not competing. Bartlett Hills Club house will be available for bathroom use only. Please use clubhouse or restaurant entrance. The event is closed to the public.

Athletes are responsible for supplying their own snowshoes. PPE’s and proper winter gear should also be worn throughout the event.

Divisioning will occur post event, Snowshoe rules and disqualifications will remain active and be enforced. Results/Certificates will be emailed post event by Region C team.

No lunch or snack will be provided. Please encourage athletes to eat before the event. Athletes are also responsible for providing their own water bottles.


Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.  Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life.  Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.


Masks must be worn: at tournament central, team staging areas, entering the facility to use the restrooms, in the restrooms, staging areas, during the competition and at any time or place when social distancing is not an option. Special Olympics will not be providing masks.  Athletes and coaches must bring their own.

To make sure we abide by the in-person maximum set by the IDPH, parents and spectators are unfortunately not allowed to attend and only registered athletes, coaches and partners are allowed at the event.  It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians the importance of only allowing registered persons into the event.

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in-person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 


Feb 14 2021


9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Bartlett Hills Golf Club
800 W Oneida Ave, Bartlett, IL 60103
Amanda Nelson


Amanda Nelson
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