Congratulations! You are taking the first step towards becoming a member of Achilles International.
Achilles membership is free, and we welcome anyone with a disability who wants to run. To proceed, simply read the information below.
Membership forms are processed on the first and fifteenth of every month. At that time you will receive an official Achilles t-shirt and welcome letter. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get started. Find a route that you are comfortable running, walking, or rolling; set at least two times a week to hold workouts; encourage neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family members to join you; and begin looking for local races in which you can compete. Being active, having fun, and improving your health and fitness are the immediate goals!
Your long term goals may include joining hundreds of your fellow Achilles members in the ING New York City Marathon. Unlike the average runner, who must run nine New York Road Runner road races within the year, raise $3,000 or enter a lottery in which only 20% are successful, being an active Achilles member offers the privilege of guaranteed entrance. To justify this privilege, we need to know your progress as an Achilles member.
Please note: You must be enrolled with Achilles by October of the year preceeding the year of the NYC Marathon you are targeting. For example, if you join Achilles in October 2013, you are working towards guaranteed entry into the 2014 NYC Marathon; if you join Achilles in January 2014, you are working towards entry into the 2015 NYC Marathon.
Attached to the application form is the Achilles International Annual Progress Report. Please compile your race history for the past year and include pictures of you racing in your Achilles shirt. This must be submitted to Achilles by April 1 to be considered for entrance into that year’s ING NYC Marathon. The form and pictures should be mailed to Achilles at 42 West 38th Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10018.
Feel free to keep us updated about your running activities throughout the year. Post racing photos to the Achilles International Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-354-0300. Your stories can also appear in our quarterly online newsletter. We love to get to know our members and hear how you are doing!
If you reside in the United States, you may complete your membership application online or click on the below link if you prefer a paper application. Athletes who live outside the U.S. must complete the paper application and return it to us.
For further and more detailed information you can download the PDF of our Member & Volunteer Handbook below.