Track & Field Opportunities

Athletes Without Limits is looking for talented athletes with intellectual disability to represent the US at national and international track & field, half-marathon and cross country events.

Interested US athletes should work with Athletes Without Limits to complete the athlete application to determine eligibility for INAS or Paralympic events. Please contact us for more information.

ATHLETES WITHOUT LIMITS & INAS ATHLETICS

Upcoming Events:

Global Games LogoINAS Global Games Brisbane 2019
Athletes Without Limits has selected our US National Track & Field Team competing in Brisbane this October. The Track & Field competition at this event is open to athletes with International Level Eligibility in three Inas Sport Classes: II1 Intellectual Disability (T20/F20), II2 Down Syndrome and II3 Autism+. Learn more about the event at: http://www.athleteswithoutlimits.org/globalgames.

Athletes Without Limits US Track & Field Team Trips
2018 8th Inas Half-Marathon World Championships (Portugal)
2016 Inas-Sanctioned Half-Marathon and 5k (New York)
2015 Inas Global Games (Ecuador)
2014 Inas Cross Country & Half-Marathon World Championships (Poland)
2011 Inas Global Games (Italy)

About INAS Athletics (Track & Field, Cross Country, Half-Marathon)

Inas competitors are an elite group of athletes from around the world making great achievements in Athletics. Annual Inas-hosted events include World Championships in Track &Field, Cross Country, Half-Marathon and every four years the Inas Global Games. Athletes Without Limits organizes US National Teams and Trips to Inas events. View our event calendar for upcoming opportunities.

Inas competitions are open to athletes in all three Inas eligibility groups and offer a full program of individual Track & Field events to athletes with  II1-Intellectual Impairment, and an increasing number of events open to athletes in the new II2-Additional Disability/Down Syndrome and II3 Autism (w/IQ of 76 or higher) eligibility groups.


Paralympic Athletics (Track & Field)

About
Following the 2009 vote to re-include athletes with intellectual impairment into Paralympic competition, Track & Field became one of three inclusive sports, managed internationally by World Para Athletics and in the United States by U.S. Paralympics. Eligible athletes with intellectual impairment have the opportunity to qualify to compete in U.S. Paralympic meets and to try to earn a spot on Team USA to compete at the Paralympic Games and other World Para Athletics events.

Athletes Without Limits is proud to have managed the eligibility process for several T20 Paralympic Team Members, including Mike Brannigan (Gold Medalist Rio 2016), Briana Clark (Gold Medalist Rio 2016), Michael Murray (Rio 2016, London 2012) and Tysheem Griffin (Rio 2016).

The Paralympic class for Track and Field athletes with intellectual impairment is “20.” The Prefix T to the class denotes Track events (e.g. T20) while “F” denotes Field events (e.g. F20).

Who’s Eligible
The first step toward step toward Paralympic classification is meeting INAS II1 eligibility criteria for Intellectual Impairment, which is managed by Athletes Without Limits, the US Member of Inas. While separate Inas II2 and Inas II3 eligibility groups are not a part of Paralympics, athletes with Down Syndrome who meet the IQ and Adaptive Behavior criteria for the Inas II1 group may be eligible to compete as T20/F20 athletes. To clarify, athletes with Autism and IQ of 75 or below are Inas II1-eligible and therefore eligible for Paralympics, while athletes with Autism and an IQ of 76 in the Inas II3 group are not Paralympic-eligible but may compete at Inas events.

Individual Events
Note that while developmental meets may offer a full program, in high-level Paralympic competition there are a limited number of individual events open to athletes with Intellectual Impairment. In Track & Field these currently include:

  • 400m T20 (Men/Women)
  • 1500m T20 (Men/Women)
  • Long Jump T20 (Men/Women)
  • Shot Put F20 (Men/Women)

For the most up-to-date list visit the Tokyo 2020 website.

Interested US athletes should work with Athletes Without Limits to complete the athlete application to determine eligibility for INAS or Paralympic events. Please contact us for more information.