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Achilles International Spring 2013 Newsletter
A Message from the President
NYC Chapter News
Achilles Chapter Update
Freedom Team
Achilles Kids
Spring 2013 Achilles Newsletter 

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Spring 2013
2012 NYC UnMarathon
Dear Achilles Enthusiast!

Below are just a few brief blurbs and photos from our latest newsletter which covers some of the amazing events, accomplishments and triumphs from the past few months. 
From the post-Sandy NYC "UN-Marathon", to the Detroit, Chicago, Marine Corps, Philadelphia, and Palm Beach Marathons, to the exciting news from our chapters in Nashville, Philadelphia, Houston and many other places near and far, it's been a very busy and amazing time for the Achilles family.
Now that spring is upon us, plans for our 11th Annual Hope & Possibility 5M, the Paratriathlon season and many other exciting races and events are in full swing. The next few months promise to be very exciting!
We hope you will enjoy and be inspired by the tremendous accomplishments of our athletes and the dedication and devotion of our volunteers.
Thank you for being a part of the Achilles family.


Go Achilles!
A Message from the President
Dick Traum

It is early Friday afternoon, November 2nd, and I am leaving the Achilles office knowing it will be the busiest weekend of the year. My desk is relatively clean and ready for the surge of marathoners who will come by on Monday to say hello and discuss the weekend's New York City Marathon. I make some notes outlining my meetings for the weekend and take off for my first event, the annual get-together of our international chapter leaders. 


The meeting is progressing as expected when someone interrupts and exclaims that the New York City Marathon has been cancelled. Is it a joke? It seems impossible. Then a second, and a third, person reiterates that, yes, the New York City Marathon has been cancelled. 

New York City Chapter News
NYC Fifth Ave Mile

Fifth Avenue Mile

Congratulations to the following athletes who participated in this fast paced race along prestigious Fifth Avenue: Cathy Beaudoin: 9:51; Ricardo Corral Hand-cyclist: 2:53; Crista Earl: 11:51; Sarah Heller: 9:49; Jose Montanez: 9:07; Kareem Nisbett: 7:53; John Pierre: 7:34; Carmelo Puccia: 10:13; Irwin Ramirez: 8:12; Evelyn Rodriguez: 11:55; Ben Simmons: 7:42; Leol Williams: 8:24; Keith Wright: 7:54.


Thank you to NY Medical College physical therapy students for hosting yet another successful race featuring Achilles athletes and their guides. This year over two dozen Achilles members drove to the beautiful grounds of this Valhalla school where they were treated like VIPs for the day by students and staff alike. Read more .... 

Achilles Chapter Update
Philly Achilles at Disney

Six U.S. chapters launched in 2012, Houston and Pittsburgh launched this year, and three additional charters were recently signed. It is a pleasure to have chapter leadership in so many U.S. cities and states! The synergy among chapters was most evident at the January Disney Marathon weekend when Cigna sponsored Achilles athletes from key markets. 

Representing U.S. chapters were: Erin Spaulding from Connecticut; Brooke Voss from Greater Phoenix; Theresa Khayyam from Nashville; Fiona McKinney from New York; Francine Prescott from South Florida; David Finland from Metro DC; plus Bruce Linsky and Kinzey Lynch from Philadelphia. Read more ....

Freedom Team
Freedom Team at Detroit Marathon

In a moving reflection of remembrance a team of over seventy active duty members of the military from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and other locations across the United States embarked on a 172 mile journey to honor every New Jersey service member killed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. NJ Run for the Fallen began on Friday September 28 in Cape May and ended at the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Holmdel on National Gold Star Family Day, Sunday September 30, 2012. Each mile is dedicated to an individual NJ Hero and their family. The run team stops at each Hero Marker to present a flag and personalized biographical card with the goal of creating a memorial trail through New Jersey.  

Read more ....

Achilles Kids - Kids Korner
Achilles Kids at Disney 5K

It's been a very busy year for our Achilles Kids school program. We have welcomed several more chapters to the fold - two new programs in Roanoke, Virginia and outposts in Mantua, New Jersey and Phoenix, Arizona. There are also new chapters blooming in NYC and so as we get closer and closer to spring, Achilles Kids continues to blossom! 


Not only are the number of chapters growing, but the number of miles our students are racking up is soaring. Since the addition of new intermediate goals (and awards!) to our program this year, we have seen a dramatic rise in the number of miles and in how quickly the members are reaching those levels. Read more .....

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