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

Order our new book - “The Courage to Go Forward” - from Achilles Founder Dick Traum and Cigna CEO, David Cordani!  Many Achilles athletes are profiled in this inspiring collection of stories demonstrating the power and triumph of the human spirit. It also provides valuable insight into the importance of micro communities, tight-knit groups of like-minded people who can empower individuals to achieve the unimaginable.

Being a volunteer marathon guide can be life changing! The application to guide in the 2018 NYC Marathon is live until July 31, 2018.  Click for more.

We could not be more excited about this partnership!  TeamULTRA and Achilles International in the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon!!  

Upcoming Hope & Possibility events:  Achilles CT's annual H&P on July 22 in Bloomfield, CT.; Achilles Nashville's 5th annual H&P on Oct. 20. Sign Up!!! 

Joe Turcotte of Achilles Pikes Peak is running across the U.S. to raise funds for two worthy charities. See his Crowdrise page for Achilles International and follow Joe on Facebook.  

Karen Lewis did five marathons in five weeks' time to garner donations for Achilles Kids! See her Crowdrise page! Thanks to all who gave so generously! 

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 tickets. 


Our Members

meet our members

Inside Edition: Meet Evelyn Rodriguez, whose true self blossomed in Triathlon.

See our Annual Awards page honoring Alberto Arroyo, Steven Fastenberg, and others.

VIDEO: Never Stop, a short by Antonello Velez and featuring Achilles athlete Billy Davis won top honors in a competition among filmmakers of the Ghetto Film School sponsored by Cigna. 

The NYC running community knows him. Now you can meet The Ultimate Running Machine John Pierre. Oh, the other fellow in it is our founder Dick Traum.

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.

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

Our Volunteers

Meet our volunteers

This ABC news piece captures the unique bond of friendship formed by running with Achilles. Abby and Tessa's friendship epitomizes what happens here! 

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.

Take part in WALK A WHILE IN MY SHOES, a social media challenge and campaign creating awareness of and compassion for people with disabilities.

See how it all began! Take a look back at the history of Achilles and the Hope & Possibility Race in this retrospective video.

Achilles International events and deadlines can now be found right here in our Calendar.


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.