Region B Spring Games
What Is Athletics (Track and Field)?
Athletics offers a wide variety of traditional track and field events. Competition is also provided for athletes with lower ability levels in a variety of development track and field events.
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 compete in athletics compete locally at their Region Spring Games. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to the state championship held at the Summer Games in Normal in June.
All Special Olympics Illinois Track and Field competitions abide by USA Track and Field rules. Any modifications to these rules done by Special Olympics Illinois can be found in the linked rules interpretation.
1500m & 3000m Rule Reminder
Beginning with the 2023 Athletics season, a time limit rule is in effect for the 1500M run and 3000M run. The rule allows for both gold and silver medal winners to advance to the next level of competition, if applicable, and to ensure athlete safety and that athletes are competing in appropriate events. Competitors must complete a 1500M run in under 15 minutes and a 3000M run in under 25 minutes. Any competitor who submits an entry time that exceeds these time limits will not be entered into the event. Any competitor that exceeds these time limits during a race will receive a participation ribbon and is not eligible to advance to the next level of competition, if applicable.
2023 Competition Schedule (this schedule could change based upon 2024 registration numbers)
|Running Long Jump
|Standing Long Jump
|All Wheelchair Races
|All Assisted Races
|All PDM Events
|All Young Athlete Events
|Tennis Ball Throw
Timeline subject to change based upon final athlete numbers
Parking is available in all lots at Prospect High School. We ask that athletes park closer to the stadium and all other spectators park towards the back of the lot.
Athlete Village will be located on the southern grass inside the stadium. Teams can setup camp here. There is a gate that can be used to drop off equipment.
Events will take place on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th.
Athletes should bring any PPE’s as well as any warm up equipment.
Opening Ceremonies will take place on Sunday, April 14th starting at 8:00am. Athletes will get to walk in the parade of athletes. Local police will be on hand to help with the lighting of the Flame of Hope!
Awards will be presented at assigned awards areas once a division is finished.
Check back here the week of the event to view a report to see when you athlete is scheduled to compete.
Concessions & Souvenirs
Souvenirs and concessions will be available for purchase on both days of competition.
First coach proof will be available early March.
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.
Saturday, April 15
- 9am - 3pm
- Saturday Track and Field Events
Sunday, April 16
- 8am - 9am
- Opening Ceremonies
- 9:30a - 4:00p
- Sunday Track and Field Events