Region J Snowshoe Exhibition RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 13TH 2021

This event has been postponed due to the Tier 3 mitigations across the state.  Once this event has been re-scheduled the new date will be posted.


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.

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


The Region J Snowshoe Exhibition event will be hosted by PTOEC at Arnold Field in Belleville on Sunday December 13. Event address is 521 S 18th St. Belleville, IL

Check-in: Begins at 1:00. Teams should gather all of their athletes near the parking lot and check-in as a group.

PPE: Athletes must wear a mask when not competing or if they are not able to stay 6 ft apart while waiting to compete. Athletes may remove their mask at the start line and put it back on at the finish line. Class A’s, Volunteers and SOILL Staff will wear masks throughout the event.

Competition: Athletes may compete in two different races. They can pick from the following events:

  • 50M, 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M and 1600M (4×100 Relay will not be offered)
  • The 50M and 100M race may have preliminary races prior to the final (depends on interest). The 200M, 400M, 800M and 1600M will run a final only.
  • Depending on the space available, athletes will be spaced no less than 6ft apart on the start line.

Equipment: Athletes can share snowshoes within their agency but sharing across agencies is prohibited. Agencies must provide their own snowshoes. SOILL does not have shoes to supply teams.

Results: Times will be entered and divisions created after the event. SOADs will receive a results email for your records. Snowshoe rules and disqualifications will remain active and be enforced. Certificates for the athletes will be emailed after the event.

Entries: Due date is December 1, 2020.


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.

To make sure we abide by the 50 person maximum set by the IDPH, parents and spectators are unfortunately not allowed to attend and only registered athletes, coaches and partners are allowed at the event.  It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians the importance of only allowing registered persons into the event.  Spectators are allowed to watch from outside the fenced in area.

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. 


Dec 13 2020


1:00 pm - 6:00 pm




PTOEC's Arnold Field
521 S 18th St. Belleville, IL 62226
Steve Whitlatch


Steve Whitlatch
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