Region K Snowshoe – Cancelled

After careful review of the situation, the 2021 Special Olympics Illinois Region K Snowshoe event scheduled for today is cancelled in Mt. Vernon. The weather overnight and current windy conditions at the facility have made it unsafe for the athletes to compete. A random lottery will determine the 1st place winners of each division as the event will not be rescheduled. An email with 1st place winners will be sent out next week.

Thank you for your understanding in this difficult decision. The safety of everyone involved is always top priority. If you have any questions please let us know. 

COVID Procedures

All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.

All athletes, coaches and spectators are required to wear a mask while inside the snowshoe facility regardless of vaccination status. All athletes and Unified Partners are required to wear a mask indoors while they are competing.

Unless fully vaccinated, participants who are medically able should continue to wear a mask at outdoor venus the majority of time while at Special Olympics Illinois activities.

Athletes and Unified Partners do not have to wear a mask while competing in outdoor competitions.

Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.

Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks.  Athletes and coaches must bring their own.

SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site.

Please check with your Region staff on the status of spectators attending competitions.  The decision on allowing spectators is based on the facility being used for the competition, the rules they have and the amount of people above the number of registered athletes and coaches they can safely accommodate. It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians if spectators will be allowed at this competition.

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:

What is 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. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to state championships at the Winter Games held in Galena in late January or early February.

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

Competition Information

Please check back for more information closer to the event.

Facility Information

When you arrive at the airport, please follow the signs to the pavillion where the event will be held. If possible, park in the upper parking lot and walk to the pavilion. If you need to drop off please pull down to the pavillion drop off and park back in the upper lot.

Event Details

Check in will begin at 9:30 am
Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:45 with competition to follow.

Volunteer Information

Please check back for more information closer to the event.


We will be outside all day so you may want to bring your own chairs as the picnic tables may not have enough room.


Awards will be presented after competition is complete.


Lunch will be provided as well as hot chocolate and coffee throughout the day.

Breakfast will not be provided this year.

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 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.


Dec 11 2021


8:00 am - 6:00 pm


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