U-Haul Presents Achilles Nashville 8th Annual Hope & Possibility® In-Person Race

Athlete Tony Rossi (left) Athlete Trish Meili (middle) Olaf Wasternack (right)

Join us as we come together to celebrate hope! With hope anything is possible!

Hope & Possibility® (founded in 2003 by Trisha Meili, author of I Am the Central Park Jogger, A Story of Hope and Possibility) is the signature race of Achilles. The Hope & Possibility® Race, welcomes athletes of all abilities, from elite runners to walkers to wheelers. This race is founded on the belief that sport competitions, such as running races, unite people of all abilities, all colors, and all backgrounds, an important belief for today’s times. Since its founding in 2012, Achilles Nashville has empowered over 300 athletes with disabilities to participate in mainstream running events. We celebrate and honor those who have overcome enormous challenges and will continue our work to move towards a more inclusive tomorrow.  

Achilles Nashville is proud to have U-Haul as our Title Sponsor for our 7th Annual Hope & Possibility® Virtual 5-Miler and 1-Miler, and the U-Haul Keep It Moving Challenge on Saturday, September 12. A summary of the race options are below:

Virtual 1-Miler or 5-Miler: Run, walk, or roll anytime from Saturday, September 12 to Saturday, September 19 to participate in our first ever virtual run. For local participants you may choose to run the route posted on our website or select your own route. Participants outside the community can also choose their own route. You can submit your time for the 5-Miler virtual run only.

U-Haul Keep It Moving Challenge: An additional feature of this year’s race is the U-Haul Keep It Moving Challenge. This challenge brings together 3 of our Achilles Chapters: Connecticut, Nashville, and New Jersey. This virtual challenge, presented by U-Haul, occurs over the course of three days with a:

  • 5k virtual race with Connecticut Chapter on Friday, September 11
  • 5-mile virtual race with Nashville Chapter on Saturday, September 12
  • 4-mile race with New Jersey Chapter on Sunday, September 13

This triple challenge (12.1 miles total) can be done across the three days (September 11-13) or you can do the combined challenge in one day. However you choose to do it, we celebrate the hope of our community in this virtual challenge. We triple dare you! For this triple challenge no race results will be posted. Your personal satisfaction is enough, along with the swag (i.e, koozie, neck gaiter, 2 medals, and a beautiful finisher certificate!).

This year’s virtual event provides individuals with disabilities and all runners access to a mainstream sporting event while maintaining physical distance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon registration, participants will simply choose their distance, 1-Miler, 5-Miler, or the U-Haul Keep It Moving Challenge.

Hope & Possibility® is more than just a race—it’s a way to connect with one another, to unite and to celebrate through sport. Achilles Nashville is particularly proud to partner with U-Haul a leading employer of persons with disabilities in the U.S. Hope & Possibility® reflects the possibilities of what could be—a world that values all people.

For questions, please contact Amy Harris (Achilles Nashville Director) at achillesnashville@gmail.com

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