Region E Spring Games

What Is Athletics / Track and Field / Spring Games?

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’s Spring Games. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to the state championship held at the Summer Games in Normal in June.

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 – 4×100 and 4×400- meter run, 4×25-meter wheelchair and 4×100-meter walk
  • Pentathlon (100, 400-meter run, running long jump, high jump, and shotput)
  • 25 and 30-meter 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

Competition Information

Spring Games: Track and field events which include all running events as well as relays and field events such as shot put, softball throw, mini javelin and short, long and high jump

Facility Information

The games will take place primarily on the outdoor track and football field, with events on the field outside the stadium as well. There is plenty of parking in the school lot and there will be portable toilets on site. Spring Games also has a concessions area, a family tent, a souvenir tent, and a healthy athletes station.

Event Details

Note: The schedule is subject to change. All registered coaches will receive any changes to the schedule.

Athletes can participate in a maximum of two events and one relay. Pentathlon athletes
can compete in a relay. See Athletics Rule Interpretations for restricted events.


  • Opening Ceremony: 9:00 AM
  • 50M Run
  • 100M Run
  • Wheelchair Races
  • Assisted Races
  • Softball Throw
  • Tennis Ball Throw
  • Mini Javelin
  • Young Athlete
  • Player Development


  • 3000M Run
  • 1500M Run
  • 800M Run
  • 400M Run
  • 200M Run
  • All Relays
  • Running Long Jump
  • Standing Long Jump
  • Shot Put
  • High Jump
  • Pentathlon

Volunteer Information

To view volunteer opportunities for this event, please click here!


  • Appropriate athletic attire / uniforms (see rules for specific information)
  • Water
  • Be prepared for the weather, this is an outdoor event (sunscreen, extra layers, etc)


Athletes will be awarded after their event at the corresponding awards tent. Athletes who earn a gold medal will advance to Summer Games.


A lunch will be provided to all registered and approved athletes and coaches. There will be concessions available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday.

Supporting Documents

2024 Saturday Region E Spring Games Proof

2024 Sunday Region E Spring Games Proof

2024 Spring Games Schedule

2024 Spring Games Map

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

About Special Olympics Illinois    

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May 04 - 05 2024


8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Thornwood High School
17101 South Park Ave, South Holland, IL 60473
Christa Sullivan


Christa Sullivan
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