This spring I will be running the 2020 Queens Marathon in support of the Achilles Kids program in NYC. I had an amazing experience running the 2019 Berlin Marathon as a charity entrant for Achilles International. In March, I'll be trading one of the World Major marathons for a local race that's close to home and cause that's still close to heart.
I've been volunteering with the non-profit group Achilles International in NYC for about a year, primarily helping with the kids group. It's been a perfect opportunity to combine my passions for running and being of service to others. Helping establish an environment that's safe, encouraging, and welcoming provides a remarkable sense of fulfillment and purpose. On a nearly weekly basis, I've happily committed countless hours to help young athletes improve their fitness, build confidence, achieve impressive goals, and of course to simply have fun. Beyond weekly workouts, I've also trained and raced with several of these incredible kids in a variety of distances from 1 mile to a half-marathon.
The mission of Achilles International is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement. The coordinating, organizing and facilitation of the outstanding kids program is driven by the tireless efforts of the phenomenal staff and fellow volunteers, including Angie, Karen, Carolyn, Lindsey and so many more. Though my availability to help as a guide is limited through the spring, I look to assist this program in any way possible.
Please consider donating to this extraordinary program through this campaign. No amount is too small, every contribution is deeply appreciated. Simply sharing this link is in itself invaluable. Many employers also offer matching gifts, which go directly to the non-profit.
Achilles core programs include the Hope and Possibility Races; Achilles Kids; the Marathon Tour; the Freedom Team; National and International Chapters; and the New York City Marathon. Achilles has seen throughout the year that working hard towards an ambitious goal can change the lives of people with disabilities and create a more inclusive community around the world. The signature cheer heard often at workouts and races all around NYC, "Go Achilles!”
For more information about Achilles programs around the US and the world, please visit https://www.achillesinternational.org/