Join the Special Olympics Spectator Triathlon (No Training Needed!)

This summer, Special Olympics Virginia is celebrating 50 years of creating more inclusive communities with a Summer Games celebration that will be one for the record books.

Join us June 8 – 9 in Richmond. Whether you RUN, PLUNGE or CHEER (or do all 3!), it’s a Spectator Triathlon – but don’t worry, no training is needed!


Join 100+ law enforcement officers for the Final Mile and RUN with the Flame of Hope through the University of Richmond and into Robins Stadium to light the Olympic Cauldron.


Go for cold at our first-ever SOLAR PLUNGE, Saturday during Summer Games. Cool down after a hot day (and we promise it will be hot on many levels!) in our above-ground pool outside of the Robins Center at the University of Richmond.


Volunteer to CHEER for 1500+ athletes at our Opening Ceremony, complete with birthday treats, fireworks, the Final Mile, and a special performance by SPARC and Susan Greenbaum.

Every part of the Spectator Triathlon is family-friendly. Come out to the Opening Ceremony at 7:30 pm Friday at Robins Stadium, enjoy the competitions and Solar Plunge Saturday or spend the weekend with us. Saturday’s activities at Robins Stadium also include free ice cream sandwiches for fans thanks to Southland Dairy, free popcorn and snow cones, Olympic Town crafts, a gaming trailer, Mad Science, face painting, clowns, outdoor games, inflatables, souvenirs for sale, and more!

Summer Games is the largest state-level competition offered by Special Olympics Virginia. This year’s event will include more than 1,500 athletes going for gold in five sports, as well as our Healthy Athletes and Young Athletes programming, and an inspiring Opening Ceremony. Tune in to our Facebook page,, for more details as the event approaches.

We can’t wait to celebrate 50 incredible, inspiring years with you.


About Special Olympics:

At Special Olympics, we envision a world in which people with intellectual disabilities lead healthy, vibrant lives grounded in ongoing sports and physical activity, sound nutrition and a deeply held conviction to improve, compete, achieve and demonstrate their personal best to themselves and their community.

With approximately half of the world’s population under the age of 25, young people are critical to addressing many of society’s most pressing issues. This new generation brings creativity, energy and an openness to change, and Special Olympics seeks to harness this power. As catalysts for change, youth with and without intellectual disabilities are vital owners of the inclusion revolution, and when empowered and unified by veteran supporters of our movement, they will be unstoppable.

No longer is it enough to provide a place for people of all abilities to come together through sport. It is time to demand uncompromising inclusion— in school, employment, healthcare, social activities and yes, sports, too. For our uprising to succeed, we need more rebels, heroes, and fighters like you. Join us.

Content for this article was provided by Special Olympics Virginia.