In 1976, Dick Traum became the first amputee runner to complete the New York City Marathon. Years later, Dick Traum founded the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International.
Achilles International is a ‘community of support" for athletes with disabilities. The group has chapters and members in over 65 locations in the United States and abroad. Able-bodied volunteers and disabled runners train together in an environment of support and community.
Achilles International has developed specialized programs for children and veterans…Achilles Kids and Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.
From the Achilles International website: “While our programs focus on athletics, the truth is, sports are simply the tool for accomplishing our main objective: to bring hope, inspiration, and the joys of achievement to people with disabilities.”
Achilles International’s signature event is the “Hope & Possibility Five-Miler” a race where able-bodied and disabled athletes participate side-by-side.
If you would like to donate to Achilles International, please go to: www.achillesinternational.org