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 Torie Johnson!

How and when did you first hear about Achilles?

I first became aware of Achilles when I noticed athletes and their guides running the 2015 NYC Marathon. I immediately became a volunteer.

What has that experience been like for you?

Incredible! It is amazing to be part of such an inspiring group of people.

Describe one or two special memories being an Achilles volunteer.

Waking up around 4 AM several days a week to train for the 2016 NYC Marathon with Anthony Butler will always be a special memory for me. That and occasionally failing as a guide by running him into low hanging branches, etc.

Please name some athletes you have guided.

I’m flexible so I’ve run with a lot of athletes on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. I’ve run races with Anthony Butler, Ryan Nevins, Patrick Miller, and Ray Murphy

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

I wish people would be more aware while running races and while running/walking in the park. It is far easier when people don’t wear headphones and are able to hear us.

Mention a little bit about your background.

I’ve lived all over. But I’ve been in New York City for the last three years. I’m a Nurse Practitioner working in Pediatric Oncology at Children’s Hospital of New York (CHONY). My hobbies include running and volunteering, so Achilles is really the perfect place for me!

Anything else you would like to add?