Special Olympics Athletics
Athletes may compete in 2 individual events and 1 relay event for athletics (track and field). There are a variety of field events (softball throw, shot put, standing or running jump, etc.), as well as walking and running events at different distances. Athletes practice once a week in March and April to prepare for the regional competition held at the beginning of May. Gold medal winners advance to the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games in June and practices continue to prepare for the state competition.