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!

Achilles Volunteer Application Form

This form is a General Volunteer Form. It is NOT a valid application for the ING NYC Marathon.

Achilles Member and Volunteer Handbook


Achilles has some of the most amazing volunteers, many of whom have been with us for years! We want to recognize them here every month. To nominate someone, please email Fiona.  

This month, we highlight volunteer Marni Kazer!

How and when did you first hear about Achilles?

I first heard about Achilles through New York Cares. I became a guide in May 2011. Achilles was exactly the type of organization I was looking for and I’m grateful for the experience.

What has that experience been like for you?

It has been fantastic! I feel honored to be a part of this wonderful, supportive community of guides and athletes. Achilles serves as a constant reminder that no matter the challenge, it can be overcome. It is an amazing experience to be able to help others achieve their goals.

Describe one or two special memories being an Achilles volunteer.

The memory that sticks out to me is the first Achilles workout in New York City after the Boston Marathon bombings. The comraderie that was felt that night among guides and athletes was really special. Achilles is a family and we were able to come together after an awful event.

Please name one or two athletes you have guided.

To list a few, I have had the pleasure of guiding Anthony Butler, Carmelo Puccia and Tom DeRosa.

Is there anything you would like to bring to the public's attention about being a guide for Achilles?

Achilles is a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Instant friendships are formed as guides and athletes partner to achieve impressive goals.
Mention a little about your own background.

Mention a little about your own background.

I grew up in Westchester County and have been living in NYC for ten years. I work in Human Resources and am also an avid Yankee and Broadway fan.