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

NEW PROCEDURES for NYCM: All civilian athletes with disabilities who wish to be included in the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon on Nov. 3 must log in to the NYRR website and apply by Feb. 14! You will need to enter a valid credit card number and that isn’t all. Please read through the new requirements before making your decision. Please forward your order summary to your program director. Civilian Handcyclists, Pushrim, and Ambulatory Athletes are included. Not Freedom Team athletes.

The runDisney weekend sponsored by Cigna brought Freedom Team athletes and chapter athletes to Orlando. Most ran the Half Marathon, but a few went Dopey.

Thanks to all who donated to Achilles on NYCharities, or sent a check in our year-end Lakin Challenge. Your generosity means a great deal.

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. 


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.

In this episode of Gotta Run With Will, Achilles founder Dick Traum is interviewed by Nicoletta Nerangis who leads Achilles Brooklyn.

Alan Kaufman was an Achilles Marathon Guide 13 times. After beating cancer, he crossed the finish line at the NYC Marathon for the 25th time - this time as an Achilles athlete and guided by his closest friends. 

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 page. 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!

MEET OUR SPONSORS

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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Achilles Official Celebration Sponsor

 
 
 
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