2015 Hope & Possibility 5-Miler
EVENT DATE: Jun 29, 2015
Achilles International's Hope & Possibility 5-Miler celebrates the coming together of disabled and able-bodied runners, walkers, and wheelers. Hosted in Central Park, the race is running its 13th year! This beautiful day in the Park is truly a symbol of the hope and possibility Achilles provides to disabled adults, children, and wounded military around the world.
This race was inspired by Founding Board Chair Trisha Meili, also known as the Central Park Jogger. In 1989, Trisha was beaten unconcious, bound, gagged, raped, and left for dead in Central Park. After suffering a traumatic brain injury and making a brave recovery, she joined Achilles. In 2003 she established the first annual Achilles Hope & Possibility race inspired by her book I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility.
Today Achilles International enables tens of thousands of disabled athletes around the world to compete alongside their able-bodied comrades in mainstream athletics. Achilles has over 75 chapters in the United States and abroad with the same mission: to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.
In addition to chapters, Achilles programs include its FREEDOM TEAM, Achilles Kids and Advanced Kids Training workouts, a kayak team, and a paratriathlon team. We have found that the sense of confidence that accompanies achieving an athletic goal spreads to other areas of life, thus inspiring people with disabilites to believe in the possibility of all they can become.