athletics: Track and Field

March – June

Athletics: Track and Field was an event at the first Special Olympics International Games held in Chicago, Illinois in 1968.  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.

A major difference of Special Olympics Athletics is that all athletes go to a final. Special Olympics also requires that all athletes give their best effort at all times. An athlete at Special Olympics can adjust their qualifying time to obtain a better grouping in a future running heat. Additionally Special Olympics Athletics modifies the heights in the high jump, conduct 10, 25, and 50 meter runs, walks and wheel chair events. These events don’t exist in International Association of Athletics Federations competitions.


Training Schedule


Thomas Edison High School (151 W Luzerne St, Philadelphia, PA 19140)

Start Date
March 14, 2020
March 14 – June 6
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Miguel Diaz

**Training site recommended for all athletes, but especially for younger athletes, ages 8-15 years

Competition Schedule

April 27, 2019 
  • Philadelphia Spring Games (William Penn Charter / Philadelphia University – Philadelphia, PA)
May 4, 2019
  • Eastern Spring Sectional (Kutztown University – Kutztown, PA) 
    Qualifier for State Summer Games
June 6-8, 2019
  • Summer Games (Pen State College – State College, PA)

Rules and Regulations