With more than 400,000 athletes in US Programs, and athletes representing over 140 countries throughout the world, Track & Field also known as athletics is Special Olympics’ most popular sport. Track & Field events combine both running and track and field competitions.
Special Olympics Athletics events range from the 100 meter dash to the marathon, from hurdles and high jump to the shot put, long jump and relays. For athletes of lower levels of ability there are walking events and throwing events, and for physically impaired athletes, wheelchair events and motorized events.
At the 1995 World Summer Games, over 1,300 athletes from countries around the world competed in Athletics. The marathon was contested for the first time producing a winning time of 2 hours, 59 minutes and 18 seconds.