We Change Lives Everyday.

The mission of Achilles International is to empower people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement.

Specialized programs include the Achilles Freedom Team which serves wounded military personnel and veterans; Achilles Kids which provides training, race opportunities, and an in-school program for children with disabilities; the Achilles Para-triathlon Team which expands our running program into biking and swimming; Achilles Chapter workouts, plus our signature race Hope & Possibility® which takes place in several cities worldwide. 

Achilles International brings the largest field of athletes with disabilities (AWD) to the TCS NYC Marathon and is the recognized authority in shaping  AWD divisions in marathons nationwide.

While our programs focus on running, the truth is, running is simply the tool for accomplishing our main objective: to bring hope, inspiration, and the joys of achievement to all.

What's Happening

what's happening

After 37 years with Achilles, Dick Traum has decided to retire. Achilles’ athletes, board, employees, volunteers and members have profound gratitude for his vision and decades of service to its mission.

Dick informs us that one of his first projects in retirement is a book with the tentative title What Achilles Meant to Me. He would appreciate hearing accounts of others whose lives have been changed by Achilles.

We are excited to partner with Dan Bremnes on the premiere of his brand new video, "Up Again" featuring Achilles athlete Jay Denning. Have a look, take a listen, like it and share it!

Looking for your favorite athlete to support in the Achilles NYC Marathon 2019 Team Challenge? Make a donation and help that person go to Disney in January!!!

Achilles Freedom Team is on its way to Michigan to take part in the 42nd running of the Detroit Free Press Marathon.

Our Members

meet our members

Order the new book - “The Courage to Go Forward” - by Achilles Founder Dick Traum and Cigna CEO David Cordani. Many Achilles athletes are profiled in this collection of inspiring stories which hit USA Today’s bestseller list.

The irrepressible David Alejandro of Achilles CT chapter, won't let loss of eyesight stop him from running. Here is his pre-Hartford Marathon interview on Channel 3. Good Luck David!

Eight Achilles Athletes with Disabilities -- both runners and handcyclists -- registered for the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon as charity entrants supporting Achilles. Read their stories... Hannah DeFelice, Torsten Gross, and Qudsiya Naqui.

In NYC this coming Saturday? Join us for the Saturday morning workout in Central Park. Click link for info on time and location of Saturday morning workout.

Our Volunteers

Meet our volunteers

Yes, you’ll get fit! Yes, you’ll have fun! But the biggest reason to join Achilles International as a runner, a guide, or support volunteer is the people you’ll meet! They will move you! Take Jessie and Anthony, for example.

ABC7's NYC Marathon pre-race coverage included a great piece on Achilles NYC athletes Mel and Alison! They both crushed a couple of big PRs on Nov 4 in NYC and are both members of Michelob’s Team ULTRA!

Best way to get to know us is to LIKE our FACEBOOK pages. You'll get updates on all we do in your news feeds.

The Achilles Heel -- our most recent newsletter is online. See if your photo made the cut!

Be an Achilles Angel and raise funds to help us continue the good fight. A limited number of fundraising entries are available for several hot ticket races. 

Thanks to all who donate to Achilles, or send gifts in support of Achilles fundraising campaigns on Crowdrise. Your generosity means a great deal.


We could not make it to the start line without the continued support of our generous donors and corporate sponsors! Thanks to all of you! View a list of Achilles Sponsors.

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