Sometimes it takes a village to run a marathon. (See the attached video.) That's no problem with Achilles International, which pairs athletes with different abilities with volunteers to accomplish all manner of amazing feats -- among them the Boston Marathon, the Ironman, the New York City Triathlon, and the world famous New York City Marathon. Meet team member Sarah Heller, backed by a training village that includes Achilles "family members" Amanda Prentice, Herb Pinder, Martina Crane, and an ever-changing cast (Neal Klausner, Anna Mercatili, Suzanne Lorio, and many others). Sarah's running the New York City Marathon Nov. 3, because, in her words, "it's really, really fun." Sarah's team is also raising money to help athletes with disabilities tear down boundaries, reshape expectations, and set new limits. A tip about Achilles: It is not just about the running; it's about gaining confidence, getting healthy, and making some amazing friends. Hear it from Sarah, as she addressed a group of running friends and strangers in Manhattan: "Hi, My name is Sarah. Thank you for having me. I have TBI or traumatic brain injury from a car accident when I was 9. I joined the Achilles International NYC chapter  years ago. They welcomed me with open arms and cheered for me on my first day. I train with Achilles 2 times a week and have met the greatest people and friends. They even use their spare time to help me train. Now I am a member of the triathlon team. Achilles has really changed my life. ... We have so much fun and celebrate our accomplishments. ...With the Achilles team we have competed in Montauk, Disney, Rye play land, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston, New Jersey and the greatest city in the world NYC!! Being apart of Achilles international has really me feel like I can do anything! We are like a big family. Thank you. " Anyway, please give if you can. We'll also gladly accept your cheers marathon Sunday. -- With Love, Team Sarah
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.