Athletics (Track & Field)

Athletics was the first Special Olympics sport offered in North Carolina. 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.

SONC offers competition in 26 different athletics events, ranging in distances from 10 meters to 1,500 meters, as well as multiple field events. This range of events allows athletes of all ability levels the opportunity to train and compete successfully to the best of their abilities.

Developmental Events
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10m/25m Assisted Walk
Tennis Ball Throw (same as the softball throw)
10m/25m Wheelchair Races
30m Wheelchair Slalom
25m Wheelchair Obstacle
30m/50m Motorized Wheelchair Slalom

Lead-Up Events
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25m/50m Dash
25m/50m Race Walk
100m/200m Wheelchair Races
Wheelchair Shot Put
Standing Long Jump
Softball Throw

Traditional Events
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100m/200m/400m Dash
100m/400m Race Walk
800m/1500m Run
Running Long Jump
Shot Put
Mini-Javelin (similar set up for softball and tennis ball throw)
4 x 100 Relay

SONC Summer Games takes place in Raleigh typically the first weekend in June.  Some local programs are beginning to host invitationals in the spring. Check out the listing of invitationals offered on this page. For programs looking to host an invitational, please contact the sports department at

The Penn Relays – April 27th, 2018

The Penn Relays is the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country held every April at the University of Pennslyvania. There are two events in which a limited number of Special Olympics athletes are allowed to compete – the 100 meter dash and the 4×100 relay. If you are interested in taking athletes to the Penn Relays, please fill out the google form by March 16th, 2018:

Orange County Athletics Invitational – April 28th, 2018

Orange county will be hosting a athletics invitational on Saturday, April 28, 2018.  This event will be held at East Chapel Hill High.  More registration information to come!

Sport Development Team

These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the athletics sport development team, contact one of the members below or Andrea Stamm, SONC staff liaison.

Rick Gemereth
Matthews, NC

Tony Wayne
Raleigh, NC

Find out which sports are offered in your community


All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.

Summer Games Sport Registration Forms

Local program coordinators should submit entries along with the remainder of the Summer Games registration.  Click here for a full list of Summer Games registration forms. Sport registration forms are as follows:

Athletics Individual Registration Form
Athletics Relay Registration Form

Athletics Improved Performance Form – This form will be posted after May 15, and it is due May 22, 2018 to

Certified Clinician

In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.

Mini-Javelin Kits

The makers of the Turbojav have a kit available for purchase that includes six Turbojavs, 1 training DVD, and a carrying bag for $180 (plus shipping). A great deal for programs just starting to introduce this event to athletes! Please contact Leigh Petranoff with Throwing Zone Athletics.

  • State you are with Special Olympics North Carolina and your County
  • Number of kits you would like to order
  • Number of 300 gram (females & males age 15 and under)/400 gram (males age 16 and older)

Local programs are responsible for the cost of these kits.