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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 wheelchair events. These events don’t exist in the International Association of Athletics Federations competitions.
Thomas Edison High School (151 W Luzerne St, Philadelphia, PA 19140)
|12:00 – 2:00 pm
**Training site recommended for all athletes, but especially for younger athletes, ages 8-15 years