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. Athletics Programs in Washington State include individual skills, sprints, walking, long distance runs, jumping events, field competitions and more.

Athletics programs and competitions are offered in all 16 of Special Olympics Washington’s areas, and provide opportunities for athletes of all ages and abilities.

Athletics was an event at the first Special Olympics International Games held in Chicago, Illinois in 1968.

Local Community Contacts

Capitol Area Director
Mark Barker

Columbia River Area Director
Elizabeth Francis

North Central Area Director
Stephen Opland

North King County Area Director
Mike Quinn

Northeast Area Director
Stephen Opland

Northwest Area Director
Lavonne Olsen

Olympic Peninsula Area Director
Sandy Hall

Snohomish Area Director
Punkie Doyle

South Central Area Director
Ken Martinson

South King County Area Director
Justin Kautz

Southeast Area Director
Lori Landrus

Upcoming Athletics Events