This page draws together athletics-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics athletics.  View the Athletics Fact Sheet

The sport of athletics encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through the track-and-field-based athletics training program, participants can develop total fitness to compete in any sport. As with all Special Olympics sports, athletics offers athletes the opportunity to learn through skill development and competitive settings and to be involved in large social settings.

Athletics Stories and News

October 16, 2014 | North America: Illinois

Getting Hooked On Special Olympics

By Eric Bauman

My Name is Eric Baumann, I have been doing Special Olympics since about 5th grade or 8 years old, and live the skills through Special Olympics.View Story My Name is Eric Baumann, I have been doing Special Olympics since about 5th grade or 8 years old, I started to do one sport, and that was Athletics (Track and Field). After That, I became a Global Messenger in Illinois in 2000. Then in 2003 I went to Ireland to get a silver medal in the standing long jump and ever since then, i went one to volunteer locally, statewide and even in other states like Missouri, and Nebraska for the 2010 national games in Nebraska, while that was going on, in 2008 I got to served on The Board Of Directors in Illinois. And just Got Hooked On Special Olympics, and live the skills through Special Olympics, and work,and where I live on my own in an apartment

About Eric Bauman :I am athlete for nearly 20 years 2008-2011 Special Olympics Illinois Board Of Directors Member I do 6 sports like, Track n field, Bocce, Basketball, Snowshoeing, Bowling and Softball Been A Global Messenger for Illinois since 2000
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October 01, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Netherlands

Uberto Druiventak – Our very own Usain Bolt

By Rachel Richardson

Uberto at the start of the 200m final

Uberto is a 22 year old sprinter. It’s in his blood to go fast. Our very own Usain Bolt, as we called him in Holland during the Special Olympics European Games.View Story Uberto is a 22 year old sprinter. It’s in his blood to go fast. Our very own Usain Bolt, as we called him in Holland during the Special Olympics European Games. Since his teenage years Uberto has enjoyed athletics and his love for the sport has never disappeared. He joined a local athletics club where his coach Karien helped him to the level he is at now. And that is fast! During the European Games he won two gold medals though! On the 200m and 400m sprint he was the fasted. Not only of Holland but of the whole European Games. No one went faster on than Uberto on both disciplines. With a time of 24,49sec he won gold on the 200m, leaving a gap of more than a second between himself and the second athlete crossing the line; another Dutch athlete named Sven. Uberto ran the 400m in a time of 54,97sec, almost two seconds faster than the silver medal winner. ). The two gold medals gave him a smile from ear to ear and earned him an interview on Dutch National Television.

About Rachel Richardson:I'm responsible for the communications of Special Olympics Netherlands.
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July 23, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

Malawi prepares for Los Angeles Games

By Peter Kanjere

Special Olympic Malawi director Felix Chisowa. Malawi athletes training.

Special Olympics Malawi holds its 2014 national games in capital city Lilongwe from August 28 to 29 2014 in preparations for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, the United States.View Story Special Olympics Malawi holds its 2014 national games in capital city Lilongwe from August 28 to 29 2014 in preparations for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, the United States. The Lilongwe games will see 180 athletes from 14 districts taking part in athletics, table tennis and soccer sporting activities in a bid to make the grade for the Malawi national team for next year's games in the States. “It is with great pride that we stand ready to host our 2014 Special Olympics Malawi games. Please join us in supporting our athletes as they compete for the honour of representing our great nation at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles where our athletes will compete in athletics," Special Olympics Malawi director Felix Chisowa said. Apart from the usual Special Olympics activities, the national event will also feature a national unified sport where we combine people with and without intellectual disabilities to play. During the recent Special Olympics World Summer games that took place in Athens Greece from June 19, 2011 to July 4, 2011, Malawi was represented by five athletes who competed in athletics/track and field (long and high jump. 400, 200 and 100 meters racing) and won three gold medals, one bronze and three Silver medals. The Malawi team will be hoping to replicate the incredible success of 2011. The two sporting activities that the athletes will compete at the 2015 Would Summer Games include athletics, and table tennis. Ends.

About Peter Kanjere: I am a sports journalist, 35, based in Malawi, Africa. I am also president of Sports Writers Association of Malawi.
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October 25, 2014

Fall Sports Fest

Join us on 10 October 2014 for our annual Fall Sports Festival in Emmitsburg, Maryland as athletes and Unified partners from around the state will compete in various sports competitions. Events will include: Cycling – 500m time trial, 1k time trial, 2k time trial, 5k road race, 10k road race; Flag Football – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition; Long Distance Running – Traditional 800m run/walk, traditional 1500m run/walk, Unified 1500m run/walk, 3k race, 5k race, 10k race; Power Lifting – bench Press, dead Lift, combination (bench Press and dead lift); Tennis – individual skills competition, traditional singles, traditional doubles – level 2 and level 5, Unified doubles competition – level 2 and level 5. For schedule details, please refer to the link below.
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Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road

Emmitsburg, Maryland

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu

Jun 5 - 7 2015

2015 Maryland Summer Games

Join us 5-7 June 2015 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as our athletes compete in 3 days of exciting summer sports competition. Events will include: Aquatics – traditional individual events and team relays, Unified team relays; Athletics – traditional and Unified track, mini-javelin, high jump, long jump, pentathlon, softball throw, shot put, standing long jump, tennis ball throw; Bocce – singles, doubles, Unified doubles; Cheerleading – traditional and Unified team competition; Softball – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition. For schedule details please refer to the link, below.
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Towson University
8000 York Ave

Towson, Maryland

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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2014 European Summer Games

The Special Olympics European Summer Games featured 10 sports and 58 delegations, making the 2014 Games one of the largest ever. See stories and results

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.

2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.

2014 Southern California Summer Invitational Games

Special Olympics athletes from Southern California and from around the world competed in Los Angeles. See results and teams.

2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.

2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.

How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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