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

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Fall 2013
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. 
With marathons from coast to coast, exciting news from our chapters across the country AND around the world, and our 11th Annual Hope & Possibility 5 Miler in June, the past few months have been a very busy and amazing time for the Achilles family.
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 TraumWhen Achilles began 30 years ago, we were so proud of our six members that we hoped one day to put on an annual race to showcase their talents. Several years later, as we grew nationally and internationally, we suggested a marathon around (and around!) Central Park to the former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, who indicated that given our lack of experience in staging races, we should begin with an event in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  Read more...
New York City Chapter News
null The NY Chapter and Paratriathlon team have enjoyed an unprecedented year of community growth and athletic achievement. With a dedicated group of some 50 plus members attending twice weekly workouts throughout the year, the Chapter is bursting at the seams with joy and accomplishment. Some of our member's accomplishments are spotlighted...
Achilles Chapter Update
null Our Achilles-Boston chapter was dormant until the 2013 marathon was ended by horrible  explosions which killed three and injured more than 250 people. Donors who know the difference Achilles can make gave generously. We are particularly grateful for a grant from Newman's Own Foundation. We set up an advisory board, named directors, bought handcycles, and began twice weekly workouts in Revere, MA., a neighborhood north of the city. Mery Daniel, Boston marathon survivor, came to New York City to witness the Hope & Possibility 5-Mile Race and decided to make the switch "from spectator to participant," completing the 5-mile course in a handcycle....Read more...
Freedom Team
L.A. Marathon 
On March 17, 42 Achilles athletes including  
several wounded servicemen from Balboa Naval Hospital participated in the 2013 L.A. Marathon. We enjoyed a St. Patrick's Day-themed pre-race celebration, during which Balboa recreation therapist Marla Knox presented Achilles staff with a plaque on behalf of patients at the hospital thanking us for our efforts in serving wounded veterans. We were very touched by the acknowledgment! Read more... 
Achilles Kids - Kids Korner
The Achilles Kids Weekend Program enjoyed a full season of running and fun! Seventeen
Achilles Kids All Stars participated in our Hope &
Possibility 5-miler, and despite the muggy weather, many of them had their best race times yet!  We are so proud of their commitment to Central Park training runs twice a month since February, their determination to reach the finish line and their contagious, positive attitudes. Read more...

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