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.
42 West 38th Street
*NYC VOLUNTEERS! Please click here to find out about all the local Achilles workouts and events!
This form is a General Volunteer Form. It is NOT a valid application for the ING NYC Marathon.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
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 Hannah Feder!
How and when did you first hear about Achilles?
I first found out about Achilles through New York Cares.
When did you first become a volunteer?
I started guiding in the spring of 2014.
What has that experience been like for you?
Being a part of Achilles has been an incredible experience for me. It provides such a sense of community and inspiration. I love seeing familiar faces at the workouts, meeting visiting athletes from other chapters, and introducing new guides to the group. At first, I thought of Achilles as volunteering. Now, I just see it as my running group. I feel like I get just as much out of it as the athletes do (if not more).
Describe one or two special memories being an Achilles volunteer.
One of my favorite things about running with Achilles is the support from the broader running community. I can’t think of a single workout where we didn’t get cheered on from other runners shouting, “Go Achilles!” It’s like having a personal cheering team on every run.
Please name one or two Achilles athletes you have guided.
Lamar Brown and Eleanor Chapman.
Is there anything you would like to bring to the public's attention about being a guide for Achilles?
It’s easy to join! I signed up for the first time through NYCares. It is super low-key. I love that Achilles is casual. Come when you can, and don’t sweat it when you can’t.
Mention a little bit about your background.
I’ve lived in New York for a little more than 5 years. I currently work for Cadillac in the marketing department and have a background in digital marketing and analytics. While I love running and have run several marathons, I really love any activity that takes place outside. Hiking, biking, or sitting in a hammock all qualify as favorite activities.