Region K Snowshoe

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.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in snowshoe compete locally at a Region Qualifying event.

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


At this snowshoe event, the following races will be offered: 50m, 100m and 200m. This is a participation event.

Parking will be available close to the event. There will be bathrooms open for use. Please enter the fairgrounds through gate 1.

Agency Registration will begin at 1 pm. Opening Ceremonies will begin following registration with races to following.

Please arrive on time as we will have to preform COVID screenings on everyone at the event. Please wait for your coach and check in as a group at the COVID screening area.

Once check -in is complete, proceed to your agencies’ designated area (look for your agency sign) for the afternoon.

Athletes should bring their own water bottles as water will not be provided.  Athletes will be responsible for providing their own food, snacks and beverages. Please have lunch before the event as we will not be providing lunches. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating as they will not be provided. Canopy tents could also be brought as we will be outside all afternoon.

Awards ceremony will be held after everyone has completed all their race events.


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 in-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.

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. 


Mar 27 2021


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm




Du Quoin State Fairgrounds between gates 1 & 2
655 Executive Dr. DuQuoin, IL 6283
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