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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.

Events range from the 100-meter and hurdle events to the marathon, from the high jump to the long jump, shot put, relays and wheelchair events. We also offer events for lower ability level athletes to train and compete in basic athletics skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to longer competitive events.

If you are an athlete or coach interested in participating in athletics, select your county on the right to find your area program.

The culminating event for athletics takes place at the State Summer Games in Mt. Pleasant at the beginning of June.

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