2020 Fall Games Sports & Fitness Challenge
As Special Olympics Indiana continues to prioritize the health and safety of all athletes, volunteers, and families during this nearly unprecedented pandemic, in-person competition and events continue to be limited even as governmental restrictions are beginning to ease. Our County Programs are slowly returning to regular activity at their discretion and on a case-by-case basis, but our annual EKS Games scheduled for September will not go on as planned.
Instead, building upon the momentum generated by a successful Virtual Summer Games, you’re invited to be #UnifiedByHope once more for a similar event this fall: the 2020 Fall Games Sports & Fitness Challenge, promoting continued at-home exercise and hydration while celebrating a return to select sports including golf, softball, volleyball and distance run/walk.
Read on to find out how you can earn a gold medal this fall — along with a finisher medal for participating in the Lilly 1,000 Mile Challenge — and contact your County Coordinator with questions.
State Tournaments: Softball, Volleyball, Golf, Distance Run/Walk
Thousands of athletes across the state are itching for a return to in-person Special Olympics competition, and we’re excited to announce that our sport-specific protocols will allow for an in-person 2020 State Tournament for softball and volleyball! Additional state-level competitions will be held remotely in golf and distance run/walk, where scores will be recorded during a local gathering and reported by County Programs before awards are distributed by the State Office. Corn Toss competition will take place at the County level only (no state awards), while Flag Football and Equestrian competitions will not be held this year.
Again, please note that all County Programs are returning to in-person competition at their discretion and only when necessary safety precautions are in place. Contact your local County Management Team for more information about local and state competitions this fall.
Virtual Competition: September & October Challenges
Among the highlights of our 2020 Virtual Summer Games was the incredible way in which our athletes took charge of their health and fitness and found creative ways to stay active while earning points. So, whether you’re ready to get back into the in-person action this fall or not, ALL Special Olympics Indiana athletes and Unified partners are invited to compete in a pair of virtual challenges in September and October where the goal is simple: to develop and maintain healthy habits.
Athletes and Unified partners were challenged in September to stay active and to continue drinking plenty of water, competing to earn points on an individual basis each day. More than 800 participated in this new virtual challenge, earning plenty of medals and ribbons along the way.
SONA STRIDE CHALLENGE (October – December)
Special Olympics Indiana is participating in the Special Olympics North America Stride Challenge, an eight-week distance challenge to walk, run, or roll in a wheelchair as far as you can between October 19 and December 13, 2020. All participants in the challenge will use the Strava app to track their distance. Learn more and find out how to join Special Olympics Indiana’s Strava club here.
Tracking Results & Earning Awards
Results from the SONA Stride Challenge must be tracked on an individual basis.
- Participants are encouraged to use Strava for tracking, but any fitness tracker may be used. Download a manual tracking sheet here.
- All results will be submitted via e-form at tinyurl.com/sonastride. Results from the previous week are submitted every Monday.
- The Indiana leaderboard will be hosted on Strava. If using another tracker, mileage must be transferred to Strava in order to show on the leaderboard.
Participants in the SONA Stride Challenge can earn up to four awards by reaching certain milestones (you can earn all four!). Awards will be presented by Special Olympics Indiana.
- Ribbon #1 @ 25 miles
- Stride Challenge Medal @ 50 miles
- Ribbon #2 @ 100 miles
- Ribbon #3 at 150 miles
- Week 1 (Oct. 19 – 25): Special Olympics Spirit Week
- Week 2 (Oct. 26 – Nov.1): Halloween/superheroes
- Week 3 (Nov. 2 – 8): Sports teams
- Week 4 (Nov. 9 – 15): Tie dye
- Week 5 (Nov. 16 – 22): Pet appreciation
- Week 6 (Nov. 23 – 29): Family turkey trot
- Week 7 (Nov. 30 – Dec. 6): Crazy socks
- Week 8 (Dec. 7 – 13): Ugly sweater
How to Use Strava
Lilly 1,000 Mile Challenge: Walking our Way to Orlando
In partnership with our friends at Eli Lilly and Company and in recognition of Lilly’s 2020 Global Day of Service, Special Olympics Indiana is proud to host a special event in conjunction with the 2020 Fall Games Sports & Fitness Challenge: the Lilly 1,000 Mile Challenge, a virtual step contest running Sept. 24 – Oct. 31.
Open to all Lilly employees and Special Olympics athletes who are participating in Fall Games, this new challenge invites Unified teams of up to 10 to attempt to cover a combined 1,000 miles — approximately equal to the distance from Indianapolis to Orlando, site of the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.
Athletes who participate in the Lilly 1,000 Mile Challenge will automatically earn 10 bonus points toward the September Challenge. Additionally, all teams that reach the 1,000 mile mark will earn custom race finisher medals, while members of the team that logs the greatest total distance will earn $100 Finish Line gift cards.