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

Cascade Area Director
Punkie Doyle

Columbia River Area Director
Barry Gill; Elizabeth Francis;

North Central Area Director
Donnie Bagwell

North King County Area Director

Northeast Area Director
Brenda Devine

Northwest - Now part of Cascade Area Area Director

Peninsula Area Director
Rebecca Fry

South Central Area Director
Luke Wall

South King County Area Director

Southeast Area Director
Lori Landrus

Upcoming Athletics Events