Region E North Spring Games – Thornwood High School

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.

Athletics Events Offered in Illinois

  • 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000 Meter Run
  • 100, 400 and 800 Meter Race Walk
  • Running Long Jump
  • High Jump
  • Shotput and Wheelchair Shotput
  • Relays – 4X100 and 4X400 Meter Run, 4×25 Meter Wheelchair and 4×100 Meter Walk
  • Pentathlon (100, 400 Meter Run, Running Long Jump, High Jump and Shotput)
  • 25, 30 Slalom, 100 and 200 Meter Non Motorized Wheelchair Race

Developmental Events

  • 10, 25 and 50 Meter Assisted Walk
  • 30 and 50 Meter Motorized Wheelchair Slalom
  • Standing Long Jump
  • High Jump
  • Softball Throw
  • Tennis Ball Throw


Athletes may be entered into 2 events. The events that we will be offering are: 50M Run, 100M Run, 200M Run, 400M Run, 100M Walk, 400M Walk, 25M Assisted Race, 25M Non-Motorized, 30M Motorized Slalom, Tennis Ball Throw, Softball Throw, Mini Jav, and Standing Long Jump. Teams will arrive at their designated shift time, participate in their events, and then leave.

We have 2 agencies attending at a time, but we are utilizing both sides of the track, so we will have plenty of room to spread out and social distance.

• Registration times for agencies will be staggered to allow for screening and social distancing guidelines
• Registration we will have a dedicated space available for teams to check in and be placed together by agency until it is time to begin. Upon arrival teams will be temperature screened. Once temperatures have been taken teams will move to separate staging areas. No coaches/athletes will enter a staging area until their temp has been taken by SO Staff. Athletes are to stage with their team only.
• Only 2-4 agencies will be there at a time.
• Since we will need multiple shifts, equipment will be sanitized between agencies.

Region E North Spring Games Check In Schedule

Region E North Spring Games Event Schedule

Athletes are responsible for bringing their own Personal Protective Equipment and water. No food or water will be provided.

Final Divisions will be created after the competition based on final score. Ribbons will be sent to all coaches. There will not be an awards ceremony.

If spectators are attending they MUST wear a mask and follow all CDC guidelines.

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.

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. 


May 08 2021


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




Thornwood High School
17101 South Park Ave, South Holland, IL 60473
Annie Riddering


Annie Riddering
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