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. 

Achilles International
42 West 38th Street
NYC 10018

Phone: 212-354-0300 

fax: 212-354-3978
e-mail: volunteers@achillesinternational.org

*NYC VOLUNTEERS! Please click here to find out about all the local Achilles workouts and events!

Achilles Volunteer Application Form

This form is a General Volunteer Form. It is NOT a valid application for the NYC Marathon. See below to learn about the application process for the NYC Marathon...

The deadline to apply to guide in the NYC Marathon has passed. If you would like to be considered for 2018 please mark your calendar for July 1, 2018. The application is only up for a few short weeks so if you're serious do not miss the deadline. You will find the application right here under the volunteer section.

If you did apply to guide before the deadline and completed Part 1 you have already been sent the directions for Part 2. You have until August 7th, 5pm EST to make sure you complete the steps. Do not wait until 4:50pm EST on the 7th to ask questions if you are having a problem. Contact Russell Koplin now if you need assistance: rkoplin@achillesinternational.org.

Achilles Member and Volunteer Handbook


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 Tiffany Chou!

How and when did you first hear about Achilles?

I joined Achilles towards the end of 2012. I was volunteering at a Hurricane Sandy cleanup and met a girl who was already volunteering. When she told me about Achilles I realized that’s what I had been looking for.

What has that experience been like for you?

Achilles has become my family in New York City. It doesn’t feel like volunteering or guiding… it feels like I’m just hanging out with my closest friends.

Describe one or two special memories being an Achilles volunteer.

Guiding my first NYC Triathlon was quite intimidating, but Sarah Heller (Achilles athlete with TBI) made everything fun and easy-going. She made the triathlon an experience I will never forget.

Please name some athletes you have guided.

I guided Sarah Heller in three triathlons in 2016. We had such a great time that I had the idea to create a short series of videos about our adventures called “BFFs”. It is a show about friendship, the power of show tunes, living to laugh, and getting to the finish line. As an actor in NYC I am aware there aren't too many roles for people like Sarah and me. This was also a driving factor in creating the series. Diversity is a big issue in the entertainment industry and I hope one day that changes. I also train with Abigail Lanier and Evelyn Rodriguez and ran with Todd Irby for Hope & Possibility® 2013. 

Here is the link to BFFs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWKioosga1ztzZrN-QeDqg

Is there anything you would like to bring to the public's attention about being an Achilles guide?

You won’t regret it!

Mention a little bit about your background.

I grew up in Maui, Hawaii and have been in NYC since 2008. My younger brother is autistic and that is sort of what drew me to Achilles. I am an artist and freediver which means I can dive down to 50 feet on one breath.