A Two-Way Street

Volunteers are an important part of the Achilles community and take on numerous roles, such as:

  • Helping disabled runners become familiar and proficient with special equipment
  • Participating in weekly or bi-weekly workouts
  • Providing guidance and running advice during races and marathon
  • Helping out with race-day logistics.

While their general role is to accompany disabled runners during the course of a workout or race, on any given day an Achilles volunteer will function as a member’s eyes, ears, guide, and motivator. But ask any Achilles volunteer why they do it, and you’ll hear the same answer, over and over: they get back as much as they give, and more.

"Walking as a Volunteer with Achilles makes you a better person. The first time I walked with a visually impaired athlete during the Achilles Marathon in Prospect Park, she was able to tell me about the areas we were walking by.  The birds and the open fields. I had the vision but missed what she heard by walking with me. I have learned to take better notice of the beauty in everyday life. We learn that you can accomplish whatever you want, there are only abilities no disabilities in life you just have to take advantage of them."   - Achilles Volunteer

How to Volunteer

To become an Achilles volunteer you must complete a volunteer application form. Download a pdf of the paper form below and fax or mail it to us. 

Achilles International
42 West 38th Street
NYC 10018

Phone: 212-354-0300 

fax: 212-354-3978
e-mail: volunteers@achillesinternational.org

*NYC VOLUNTEERS! Please click here to find out about all the local Achilles workouts and events!


This form is a General Volunteer Form. It is NOT a valid application for the ING NYC Marathon.
To Guide in the ING NYC Marathon you must complete the application in the section further below!


2015 TCS New York City Marathon Volunteer Guides

The deadline to apply to guide in the NYC Marathon is August 14th. If you would like to be considered to be a guide mark your calendar now. The application will appear on our website here under the volunteer section beginning July 15, 2015 and will come down on August 14. We do not accept applicants for subsequent marathons so please do not email us asking to be put on any list.


Applicants who are waiting to hear if they will be used as a guide in the upcoming 2015 TCS New York City Marathon should receive an email by September 17th stating if they have been selected as a guide and the name of the athlete they will be guiding as well as other pertinent information. Stay tuned and keep your eyes open for an email.

Thank you!
Russell Koplin