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. If you reside in the United States, please complete the online Volunteer application. If you live outside the U.S., you can download a pdf of the paper form below and fax or mail it to us.

Achilles International
42 West 38th Street
NYC 10018
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!


2014 ING New York City Marathon Volunteer Guides

Remember to mark your calendars! The specific NYC Marathon Guide Applications will go live Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (right here on our website under the volunteer section) and the deadline to submit will be some time toward the end of August. 

We have limited guide positions so I encourage everyone who is truly interested in joining us as a guide to get your NYC Marathon Guide Application in as soon as possible once it becomes available.

Thank you for your interest and positive energy.


(Miss) Russell Koplin
Director, Event Volunteers