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 Virtus or Paralympic events. Please contact us for more information.


Upcoming Events:
2022 Virtus World Cross Country Championships (San Diego)
2023 Virtus Global Games France

Athletes Without Limits will be selecting US National Track & Field Teams to compete at the first Virtus Americas Regional Championships in Brazil in late 2022 and at the 2023 Virtus Global Games France. Virtus events are open to athletes with International Level Eligibility in three Virtus eligibility groups:

• II-1 Intellectual Disability IQ 75 or lower (Called T20/F20 in Paralympics)
• II-2 Additional Impairment or  Tri21 Down Syndrome and
• II-3 Autism+ (IQ 76 or higher)

Note: There may be opportunities for athletes with National level eligibility to participate in the 2022 Virtus World Cross Country Championships we are hosting in San Diego in our Inclusion event categories – interested athletes with both International or National Level eligibility should complete the US Athlete 2022 Virtus Cross Country Registration Form. Athletes can check their eligibility status on our updated US Track & Field Master List.

Past Athletes Without Limits US Track & Field Team Trips:
2019 Virtus (Inas) Global Games (Brisbane)
2018 8th Virtus (Inas) Half-Marathon World Championships (Portugal)
2016 Virtus (Inas)-Sanctioned Half-Marathon and 5k (New York)
2015 Virtus (Inas) Global Games (Ecuador)
2014 Virtus (Inas) Cross Country & Half-Marathon World Championships (Poland)
2011 Virtus (Inas) Global Games (Italy)

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

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

Virtus competitions are open to athletes in all three Virtus eligibility groups and offer a full program of individual Track & Field events to athletes with II1-Intellectual Impairment, and an increasing number of events for athletes in the new Virtus II2 Group (Intellectual Disability with Additional Physical Impairment or Trisomy21 Down Syndrome and the trial Virtus II3 Group (Autism+ w/IQ of 76 or higher)

Paralympic Athletics (Track & Field)

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) and others.

The Paralympic class for Track and Field athletes with intellectual impairment is T20/F20
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 Virtus II-1 eligibility criteria for Intellectual Disability, which is managed by Athletes Without Limits, the US Member of Virtus.

Note that Virtus II-2 and Virtus II-3 eligibility groups are not a part of Paralympics, however, athletes with Down Syndrome who meet the IQ and Adaptive Behavior criteria for the Virtus II-1 group may be eligible to compete as T20/F20 athletes.

To clarify, athletes with Autism and IQ of 75 or below are Virtus II1-eligible and therefore eligible for Paralympics, while athletes with Autism and an IQ of 76 in the Virtus II3 group are not Paralympic-eligible but may compete at Virtus hosted 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 Virtus or Paralympic events. Please contact us for more information.