Want to Guide an Achilles athlete in the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon?

Being a volunteer marathon guide can be a life-changing experience!  If you would like to guide in the NYC Marathon on Nov. 4, 2018, please complete this application between July 1 and 31, 2018.  If you have questions, please email Jenna Goretzki at jgoretzki@achillesinternational.org


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 CHAPTER 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 an application for the NYC Marathon. 

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 Patti Patrissi!

How and when did you first hear about Achilles?

I first heard of Achilles when I started running races. I would see the athletes with their guides. It was always inspiring, and hearing everyone calling out to cheer Achilles, reinforcing what the running community is really about. That has always been a favorite part of races for me.

When did you first become a volunteer/guide?

I became a guide in July of 2017.

What has that experience been like for you?

It has been incredible! I tell everyone that they should consider volunteering for Achilles. You meet the best people, get to run with inspiring athletes, and get to share something really meaningful. 

Describe one or two special memories being an Achilles volunteer/guide.

Last season, John Pierre (“JP”) - the Ultimate Running Machine - went through a deep personal loss. The way his Achilles family came together to support him is something I will never forget. So many people went above and beyond for him. Finding so many people with such heart and caring is really special.

Please name one or two athletes you have guided.

I guided JP, the Ultimate Running Machine, for the NYC marathon in 2017.

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

I am someone who enjoys running on a team and that is what being an Achilles guide is - a team. I know some people worry about commitment or are intimidated by what they imagine guiding will be like. I would want them to know that all they have to do is show up with their personality and their talents and join a family that will appreciate them!

Mention a little about your background.

I grew up in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and moved to Staten Island when I was in high school. I was not a runner growing up, I didn't do anything remotely athletic! I am a high school librarian. I guess my other interest is learning, because I just started my third Master's program.  

Anything else you might like to add?

I am so honored that JP nominated me. =)