Join Us

Congratulations! You are taking the first step towards becoming a member of Achilles International.

Achilles membership is free, and we welcome anyone with a disability who wants to run. To proceed, simply complete the appropriate application below.

Membership applications for our athletes with disabilities are processed on the first and 15th of every month. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for a response.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get started. Find a route that you are comfortable running, walking, or rolling; set at least two times a week for workouts; encourage neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family members to join you; and begin looking for local races in which you can compete. Being active, having fun, and improving your health and fitness are the immediate goals!

Your long term goals may include joining hundreds of your fellow Achilles members in the TCS New York City Marathon. Unlike the average runner, who must run nine New York Road Runner road races within the year, raise $3,000 or enter a lottery in which only 20% are successful, being an active Achilles member in good standing offers the privilege of guaranteed entrance for ambulatory and pushrim wheelchair athletes; while Achilles members who are handcycle competitors are guaranteed entrance into a drawing for coveted handcycle slots. To justify this privilege, we need to know your progress as an Achilles member.

Please note: You must be enrolled with Achilles by January 15, 2020 to be considered for entry into the 2020 NYC Marathon. If you join Achilles on Feb. 1 2020, you are working toward entry into the 2021 NYC Marathon.

If you live near an Achilles International chapter, your chapter leader will refer you for the NYC Marathon; but if you do not live near a chapter, please compile your race history during the year and include pictures of you racing in your Achilles shirt. This must be submitted to Achilles regularly to be considered for entrance into the TCS NYC Marathon. The form and pictures should be mailed to Achilles at 42 West 38th Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10018 by the first of the year. 

Feel free to keep us updated about your running activities throughout the year. Post racing photos to the Achilles International Facebook page, email or call 212-354-0300. Your stories can also appear in our quarterly online newsletter. We love to get to know our members and hear how you are doing!

U.S. resident membership application

Non-U.S. resident membership application

Achilles Member Application Paper Form

Tips on running

  • Start with a good pair of running shoes to properly support your feet.

  • Get socks specifically made for running. Cotton socks can chafe and lead to blisters.

  • Race day isn’t the time to try out those new shoes or new clothing.

  • Use a lubricant like Vaseline to keep socks and clothing from rubbing and chafing.

  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Run for yourself and set your own goals.

  • Progress comes in fits and starts, but it comes. There will be some tough days, but there will also be great days. Focus on the great ones.

  • Hydrate. Make sure you drink water throughout the day.

  • To feel the best after a run, make sure you eat and drink in the hours immediately after your run.

  • Do not run two hard days back-to-back

  • A package of frozen peas makes a great icepack for aches and pains.

  • For races longer than 5k, start out slower than you think you should

  • It’s OK to take walk breaks and there’s no shame in walking.

For further and more detailed information you can download the PDF of our Member & Volunteer Handbook below.

Achilles Member and Volunteer Handbook