Region E Spring Games

What Is Spring Games / 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’s Spring Games. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to the state championship, Summer Games, which is held in Normal each June.

Athletics Events Offered in Illinois

  • 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500 and 3,000-meter run
  • 100, 400 and 800-meter race walk
  • Running long jump
  • High jump
  • Shotput and wheelchair shotput
  • Relays – 4X100 and 4X400-meter run, 4X25-meter wheelchair and 4X100-meter walk
  • Pentathlon (100 and 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

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Facility Information

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Event Details

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Volunteer Information

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Awards will be presented at the assigned award areas once a division is finished. Gold medal winners will advance to Summer Games, which is held from June 9-11 in Normal.


Lunch will be provided for registered athletes and coaches. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

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 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 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.

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:



May 06 - 07 2023


7:45 am - 5:00 pm




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


Annie Riddering
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