- Published on 02 March 2015
Snowshoeing is very similar to athletics and shares the same excellent cardiovascular workout as cross country skiing. Special Olympics Snowshoeing offers events for athletes of every ability level. Individual events offered in sSnow Shoeingnowshoeing range from the 100 meter races to the 5K. In addition to these traditional events, Special Olympics offers events for
lower ability level athletes to train and compete in basic snowshoeing skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to longer competitive events.
Special Olympics snowshoeing has training and competition opportunities for individual and teams of Special Olympics athletes; as well as Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams. Special Olympics Unified Sports is a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition. In Unified Sports snowshoeing, relay teams ar made up of two Special Olympics athletes and two Unified Sport partners. The competitor order in the relay is up to the decision of the coach..
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
Special Olympics snowshoeing was inaugurated at the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Toronto, Canada.
The 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, hosted 104 athletes from seven countries in snowshoeing.
Snowshoeing was contested at the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
Today 741 Special Olympics athletes from MENA Programs compete in snowshoeing.
100 Meter Race
200 Meter Race
400 Meter Race
800 Meter Race
1600 Meter Race
4 x 100M Special Olympics Relay Race
4 x 400M Special Olympics Relay Race
4 x 100M Unified Sports Relay Race
4 x 400M Unified Sports Relay Race
The following events provide meaningful competition for those athletes not yet able to compete in the other events/distances offered.
25 Meter Race
50 Meter Race