We Change Lives Everyday.

The mission of Achilles International is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement.

Specialized programs include the Achilles Freedom Team which serves wounded military personnel and veterans; Achilles Kids which provides training, race opportunities, and an in-school program for children with disabilities; the Achilles Para-triathlon Team which expands our running program into biking and swimming; Achilles Chapter workouts, plus our signature race Hope & Possibility which takes place in several cities worldwide. 

Achilles International brings the largest field of athletes with disabilities (AWD) to the TCS NYC Marathon and is the recognized authority in shaping  AWD divisions in marathons nationwide.

While our programs focus on running, the truth is, running is simply the tool for accomplishing our main objective: to bring hope, inspiration, and the joys of achievement to all.

What's Happening

what's happening

We are pleased to announce the return of the LAKIN Challenge. For the past many years, the Lakin Foundation has matched year-end gifts 100% up to $50K. If you have been waiting to make your annual donation, now is the time! Please be sure to indicate "Lakin Challenge" on your check or online gift. Please help us reach our goal.

A new study funded by Cigna Foundation and conducted by Achilles International and New York Medical College finds

Achilles founder and CEO Dick Traum was inducted into the NYRR Hall of Fame! Since its creation, the Hall of Fame honors legendary figures in the sport of running, who through their triumphs and contributions have made NYRR and the TCS New York City Marathon what they are today.

Our Members

meet our members

In NYC this coming Saturday? Join us for the Saturday morning workout in Central Park. Click link for info on time and location of Saturday morning workout.

The Achilles Heel -- our most recent newsletter is online. See if your photo made the cut!

Achilles International events and deadlines can now be found right here in our Calendar.

Our Volunteers

Meet our volunteers

Donna Liquori ran the TCS New York City Marathon as an Achilles International guide for Mike Lloyd. Read Donna's take on what it's like to be a volunteer guide.

This ABC news piece captures the unique bond of friendship formed by running with Achilles. Abby and Tessa's friendship epitomizes what happens here! 

Best way to get to know us is to LIKE our FACEBOOK page. You'll get updates on all we do in your news feeds.


We could not make it to the start line without the continued support of our generous donors and corporate sponsors! Thanks to all of you! View a list of Achilles Sponsors.