Region D Snowshoe

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 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

General Competition Reminders:

  • Attached is the Final Proof for the competition, including final divisions and bib numbers.
  • Coaches MUST check their proofs as changes for divisions cannot be done on site.
  • All athletes should be competing in athletic attire, no jeans allowed. Please make sure athletes are dressed accordingly for the weather with proper winter attire. It looks like it might be a little warm for our winter event. Athletes may want to remove layers as the day goes on.
  • All athletes are assigned a bib number and their respective bib (you will receive these at check-in) must be worn during each of their races.  Upon conclusion of the event, all bibs must be returned to tournament central. Please do not leave the facility with any bibs. Please remove all pins from bibs before returning. There will be a bin for bibs and a separate container for the pins as well.
  • Awards will be located OUTSIDE. The tent is noted on the map. These will be distributed as events are completed.  Please listen to specific awards instructions from staff at your site. 
  • Attached is the final schedule.  Please note that two tracks will be running simultaneously at certain points throughout the day. 
  • Athletes will be bull penned outside in the tents and escorted to their respective tracks.
  • Please label snowshoes with your delegation name and keep all snowshoes outside in the tents.  Snowshoes CAN NOT be worn inside.

Facility Information

Parking lot at Mt. Greenwood as well as street parking for both locations. Also, access to outdoor fields/tracks and indoor of facilities.

Event Details

  • Volunteer check in – 8:30 AM
  • Agency/Team check in – 9:30-10:00 AM
  • Competition begins- 10:00 AM
  • Awards – Immediately following competition
  • Competition ends – Around 2:00 PM

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Divisions will be completed before event and awarded after competitions.

State Advancement

  • Athletes who earn a gold medal in their division are eligible to advance to State Winter Games in Galena, Illinois February 6-February 8, 2024.
  • Athletes must have a valid medical through February 8th to be eligible to compete at Winter Games.  Updated medicals are due January 9th, 2024 and should be submitted to RegionDMedApp@soill.org
  • The deadline for entry paperwork is January 9th, 2024.  Entries should be submitted to RegionDEntry@soill.org.


  • Lunch will be provided to all athletes and coaches on a 3 to 1 ratio. Lunch will be subway sandwiches.
  • There will be hot chocolate located inside the field house.
  • Please note that we are unable to provide for dietary restrictions; therefore, please plan to bring a separate lunch for those with diet restrictions.
  • Athletes should eat lunch where there is an appropriate break in their race schedule.
  • Participants or agencies should bring additional water.

Supporting Documents

2023 Mt. Greenwood Park Coach Proof

2023 Mt. Greenwood Park Schedule

2023 Mt. Greenwood Park Map

2023 Norwood Park Coach Proof

2023 Norwood Park Schedule

2023 Norwood Park Map

To see a complete list of all state tournaments, 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 Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and Twitter.  

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.


Dec 09 2023


8:00 am - 4:00 pm




Mt. Greenwood Park
37661 W. 113th St. Chicago, IL 60655

Location 2

Norwood Park
5801 N. Natoma Ave, Chicago, IL 60631


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