Region A Snowshoe – Cancelled

2023 Region A Snowshoe Competition has been cancelled.  The weather and course conditions have necessitated this cancellation. As always, the safety of our athletes, coaches, volunteers, spectators and staff is our No. 1 priority and the current conditions makes hosting the competition unsafe. This event will not be rescheduled and a lottery draw will take place for advancement to State Winter Games.

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines.  Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

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. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information.

What is Snowshoe?

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. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to state championships at the Winter Games held in Galena in late January or early February.

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

Competition Information

Snowshoe Regional Qualifier for Regions A, F, G, and I. Gold Medal winners qualify for State Winter Games.

Facility Information

Competition will take place in the field behind the school. We will have use of the inside hallway and bathrooms.

Event Details

Registration at 8:00 AM.
OC at 8:45 AM
Competition at 9:00 AM

Volunteer Information

Check back soon to register to volunteer.


Athletes and coaches will be responsible for snowshoes, water, PPE’s. No seating is available at his event.


Awards will be given after each division has completed. Awards will be held inside.


No Lunch will be provided. Event should conclude by 12:00 PM. No concessions are available at this event.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.


Who We Are

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.


Dec 09 2023


9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Mendota High School
2300 W. Main St. Mendota, 61342IL
Trent Geiger


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