Region G Spring Games
What Is Athletics / Spring Games / Track and Field?
Athletics offers a wide variety of traditional track and field events. Competition is also provided for athletes with various ability levels in a variety of development track and field events.
As in all Special Olympics Illinois 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. 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, 30 slalom, 100- and 200-meter non-motorized wheelchair race
- 10, 25- and 50-meter assisted walk
- 30- and 50-meter motorized wheelchair slalom
- Standing long jump
- High jump
- Softball throw
- Tennis ball throw
Competitive track and field events. All athletes who receive a gold medal will be eligible to advance to our State Summer Games.
EastSide Centre will be providing their outdoor track and two softball fields for competition. This facility will be open to the public with bathrooms available at both the track and softball fields. Free parking is at the lot closest to the outdoor track.
Agency Registration/Volunteer Check in: 8:30 AM -9:45 AM.
Opening Ceremony: 10:00 AM.
Competition to begin immediately following.
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Please click the button below to register to volunteer.
Water will be provided, but we encourage athletes to bring their own water bottle. . Coaches are suggested to bring bring chairs/blankets to sit on during breaks and umbrellas for the sun.
Awards will be presented after the completion of each event. If an athlete misses an award their coach may pick up the award. We will not be doing multiple award ceremonies.
Lunch will be provided to registered athletes, coaches and all day volunteers. Water and concessions will be available.
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
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.
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