HELP SUPPORT TEAM ULTIMATE RUNNING MACHINE for this year's 2019 TCS New York City Marathon!! Team Ultimate Running Machine is, of course, John 'The Ultimate Running Machine' Pierre and his two guides, Rachel Belmont and Mark Shortliffe. They have been training all summer and fall, eating many many miles for breakfast and can't wait to hit all five boroughs on November 3rd!!!
JP started running with his Achilles Family in 2012 and has done hundreds of races since. You can always find him in his many capes at every race, a true superhero of the running world!! This will be JP's 6TH NYC Marathon and he is thrilled to be using it to help raise money for Achilles to help others in need to get help being active, participating in races and events, and having the amazing family community that Achilles offers all over the world. That's why he got his amazing Achilles tattoo this year!!!
He is also running in memory of his beloved Ultimate Mom Rosemarie Pierre, who sadly passed away two years ago shortly before the marathon. She always told JP to run and be happy; his Achilles family and running success always made her so happy. The whole team trains and races for her and can't wait to cross the start line and finish lines together in Novemeber!!!
About Achilles International: OUR MISSION IS TO EMPOWER 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. ACHILLES HAS SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND VETERANS. ACHILLES KIDS PROVIDES TRAINING, RACING OPPORTUNITIES, AND AN IN-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, WHILE THE FREEDOM TEAM BRINGS RUNNING PROGRAM AND MARATHON OPPORTUNITIES TO OUR WOUNDED, INJURED AND ILL VETERANS. When you watch the NYC Marathon and see athletes using their arms to propel pushrim or hand-crank wheelchairs through the course, those are Achilles athletes. The people running with a tether between them? Those are visually impaired or blind Achilles athletes. Amputees, people with Multiple Sclerosis or Cerebral Palsy, those recovering from organ transplants, or living with diabetes -- all are Achilles athletes. While Achilles programs focus on athletics, the truth is, sports are simply the tool for accomplishing the main objective: to bring hope, inspiration and the joys of achievement to people with disabilities. Achilles has more than 90 chapters in over 40 countries worldwide. Your contribution helps us continue this important work.