General FAQ

What is UNcathlon?
UNcathlon is a UNique team challenge that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power of teamwork, bringing awareness to Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA). The event will be UNified, UNconventional & UNforgettable! Teams are UNified; meaning each team pairs Special Olympics athletes with representatives from law enforcement, corporate partners, student athletes and donors. Participants will be challenged both physically and mentally; and will be tasked with the additional challenge of raising funds in support of 13,000 PA athletes.
How does UNcathlon support the mission of Special Olympics PA?
The UNcathlon event embodies SOPA’s mission: Inclusion and acceptance through sport. Similar to a Special Olympics Unified Track & Field competition, this unique event consists of track and field events, with an additional element of fundraising! Since the UNcathlon is a fundraiser benefiting SOPA, the final ‘event’ is FUNDRAISING! The funds raised help to provide training and sport competitions, free of charge to thousands of deserving athletes.
When is UNcathlon?
The Pittsburgh UNcathlon is Sunday, October 2, 2022. Event day registration/check-in begins at 10:30 AM. The competition begins with opening ceremonies at 12:00 PM.

The Philadelphia UNcathlon is Saturday, October 8, 2022. Event day registration/check-in begins at 10:00 AM. The competition begins with opening ceremonies at 12:00 PM. The event will end at approximately 2:30 PM.

Where is UNcathlon?
The Pittsburgh UNcathlon is at Peters Township High School in McMurray, PA.

The Philadelphia UNcathlon is at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, PA, located just minutes off the Ft. Washington exit of the PA Turnpike.

What are the events?
The events include shot put, long jump, javelin, erg rowing, individual running, four-person shuttle relay, plus a mystery event that will be revealed on the day of the event. The final “event” is fundraising, as the total money raised by each team will count towards the team’s points in the competition.
Are spectators allowed?
Spectators are welcome and encouraged to come cheer on the competitors! There will also be entertainment on-site.
Are there volunteer opportunities?
Yes, there are volunteer opportunities. Areas of need include: Scorekeeping, event set-up, registration & refreshments, site managers, event breakdown, and more.


Will food and beverages be provided?
Healthy food and beverages provided to participants. Non-participants are permitted to bring in outside food and beverage. There will be no concession sales.
Can I support/donate without competing?
Yes, you can donate directly through the event sites. For more information email

Pittsburgh: Andrew Cader acader@specialolympicspa.org

Philadelphia: Jon Blitzer jblitzer@specialolympicspa.org

Is parking available on-site?
Yes, complimentary parking is available on-site.
Is the event accessible for those with physical disabilities?
Yes, the school facility is fully accessible.

Participant FAQ

How do I participate?
If you wish to organize/sponsor, we require teams of 4 that will be paired with a Special Olympics athlete.
Is this event open to all SOPA athletes?
Yes, but on a first-come first-served basis. For inquiries:

Pittsburgh: Andrew Cader acader@specialolympicspa.org

Philadelphia: Jon Blitzer jblitzer@specialolympicspa.org

Will restrooms and changing areas be available on-site?
Yes, restrooms and changing areas will be available in the school.
Is the event indoors or outdoors?
The event will be both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting).
Will there be EMTs on-site?
Yes, EMTs will be on-site for the events.
How does scoring work?
Points are distributed based on standings in each event. The team with the most points at the end will be declared the winner.

Sponsor FAQ

Are sponsorships available for this event?
Yes, sponsorship information can be found here:


Can I sponsor the event without having a team?
Yes, the participation in the events is optional but included as part of your sponsorship.
Does my sponsorship of the event count towards my team results?
Yes, up to a certain threshold.