HISTORY

1976

Dick Traum, an above-the-knee amputee, completes the New York City Marathon, the first amputee to do so

1977

An article about Dick Traum appears in Runner's World. The story inspires Terry Fox, a young Canadian amputee suffering from cancer, to embark on a cross country run across Canada to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Terry ultimately lost his battle to the disease in 1981 but his legacy lives on in a series of Terry Fox races.

1983

Dick founds Achilles Track Club, and six members complete the NYC Marathon

1984

The Vermont Chapter is founded, the first chapter outside New York

1985

The first International Chapter, New Zealand, is founded

1988

The first Achilles Handicap 10K Race in Central Park

1991

Achilles hosts its first annual Tribute Dinner

1995

Achilles Kids is founded, kicked off with the “Race Around New York” virtual marathon

2001

The inaugural Achilles Marathon in Brooklyn

2003

Achilles launches the Hope & Possibility 5 mile run, a race that gives awards for achievement in multiple disabled categories and includes both able-bodied and disabled runners. The event’s name is taken from Achilles founding Board Chair, Trisha Meili’s book, “I Am the Central Park Jogger – A Story of Hope and Possibility”

2004

Dick Traum & Mary Bryant visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. to speak to the first group of Freedom Team runners. Later that year 34 wounded veterans came to New York City to run the 5 mile Hope and Possibility race. 

2006

The first Hope & Possibility race outside NY takes place, in Minneapolis, MN 2006 - Founding of 'Skills for Positive Change', a program for people living with diabetes.

2007

Achilles celebrates participation in 25 years of the NYC Marathon.

2008

New York Governor David Paterson runs in the Hope & Possibility race, guided by Trisha Meili.

2010

Prince Harry of Wales, Cindy and Megan McCain, and Heather Mills join over 5000 participants in the 8th Annual Achilles Hope & Possibility. It was also the 1st year the H&P was an ING NYC Marathon Qualifying Race.