• Athletics was the first
Special Olympics sport offered
in North Carolina. It is a term
used to refer to track and field
events. Since its introduction
in 1970, it has grown into the
largest sport offered by SONC,
and is a cornerstone event in the SONC Summer Games.
• Various events are held on both days of competition at
the state level. The relay has preliminary rounds on the
first day and finals on the second day.
• Each race on the track is a heat, but within that heat
there may be multiple divisions, or groupings, of
athletes competing against each other. A lane may be
left empty to indicate different divisions.
All awards are given as each race or field
event concludes. Athletes report directly to
an awards area after each event.
How many events can an athlete do?
All athletes have the opportunity to
compete in three individual events and, for
some levels, the 4x100 meter relay.
Only athletes and
are allowed in the
and on the track.
Track events include distances as short as 10-meter assisted
walk and as long as the 1500-meter run.
Field events include:
Tennis ball throw (which is a lead up to softball throw)
Softball throw (which is a lead up to shot put)
Standing long jump
(which is a lead up to running long jump)
Running long jump
Do You Know…
The finish line is never moved for race lengths.
The starting line is always adjusted.