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

Snowshoe Qualifier

Each athlete will compete in the races they registered for. Athletes are divisioned before the event. Gold medalists will advance to Winter Games.

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

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Divisions will be completed before event and awarded after competitions.


Lunch will be provided to athletes and coaches (on a 3:1) ratio as well as registered volunteers.

Supporting Documents

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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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