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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.

Participants will be divisioned by Special Olympics South Dakota by gender, age, and qualifying time and/or distance for each event.

This sport offers a Unified option. This gives individuals both with and without intellectual disabilities a chance to compete on the same team. 

Competition Season

Athletics (Track & Field) competition season takes place from March through May.

Events

Track Events

100 Meter Dash, 200 Meter Dash, 400 Meter Dash, 800 Meter Run, 1500 Meter Run, 3000 Meter Run, 4 X 100 Meter Relay (Traditional or Unified), 4 X 400 Meter Relay (Traditional or Unified)

The following are events for athletes with lower ability levels to provide more meaningful competition:

50 Meter Dash

50 Meter Walk

10 Meter Race – Device or Assisted

25 Meter Race – Device or Assisted

50 Meter Assisted Walk

Multi-Events

Pentathlon (100 Meter Run, Running Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, and 800 Meter Run)

Field Events

Running Long Jump

High Jump

Shot Put

Mini-Javelin

The following are events for athletes with lower ability levels to provide more meaningful competition:

Softball Throw

Tennis Ball Throw

Standing Long Jump

MATP Tennis Ball Throw

Wheel Chair Events

100 Meter Wheelchair Race (motorized and non-motorized)

200 Meter Wheelchair Race (motorized and non-motorized)

10 Meter Race (motorized or non-motorized), 25 Meter Race (motorized or non-motorized), 30 Meter Slalom Race (motorized or non-motorized), 2 X 25 Meter Wheelchair Relay 

Upcoming Athletics (Track & Field) Events

2025 State Summer Games

icon of a track runner.May 29, 2025 - May 31, 2025
University of South Dakota – Vermillion
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, 57069
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