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Special Olympics Manchester Track and Field

Athletics events offer a wide range, from the 100 meters and hurdle events to the marathon, from the high jump to the long jump, shot put, relays, and wheelchair events. Click here for suggested practice plans for running and field events.

In addition, Special Olympics 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.

Athletes can also participate in Unified Sports® relay events. Unified Sports® is a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition. On a Unified Relay team, a relay team would consist of two Special Olympics athletes and two partners.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to events, ability level, age, and gender.

Special Olympics Athletics Events

Track Events 

  • 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1,500 Meter
  • 4 x 100 Traditional and Unified Relays
  • 400, 800, and 1,500 Meter Walks
  • Field Events
  • High Jump
  • Running Long Jump
  • Shot Put


  • Pentathlon (100 Meter, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400 Meters)

Wheelchair Events

  • 10 and 25 Meter Wheelchair
  • 30 Meter Wheelchair Slalom 
  • 30 and 50 Meter Motorized Slalom 
  • 25 Meter Motorized Wheelchair Obstacle
  • 100 Meter Wheelchair

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

  • 50 Meter 
  • 10 Meter Assisted and 100 Meter Walk
  • Softball and Tennis Ball Throw 
  • Standing Long Jump 

For more information about Special Olympics Manchester, please contact Kim Duchane at kaduchane@manchester.edu or call (260) 982-5382.

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