Achilles Athletes

Achilles Nashville is one of over 65  chapters of Achilles International, which is based in New York City. Achilles provides the opportunity for athletes with disabilities throughout the state to return to or enter mainstream athletic events.

Membership to Achilles is free and open to anyone with a disability, including but not limited to persons affected by amputations, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, autoimmune diseases, cancer, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, vision impairment, paraplegia, quadriplegia,  and stroke.

 How Does Achilles Work?

Achilles athletes are paired with a guide for weekly runs, practices. Practices are held Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. You can attend one or both. Guides assist the athlete in meeting their individualized training plans, tailored specifically to each athlete’s unique physical capabilities and personal goals. The guide-athlete relationship is important for training and support on race day, and out of this relationship trust and friendships are built as well.

Do I Need Any Experience?

No experience necessary!  Really!! Whether you are an accomplished athlete or just beginning, there is a place for you as an Achilles athlete. Our chapter participates in numerous races throughout the year with members walking, running, or handcycling their way to a personal best at each event. Achilles has certified coaches on hand at each training to assist athletes in meeting their training goals.

 

How to Join Achilles Nashville

To become a member of Achilles International Nashville, email achillesnashville@gmail.com for more information or complete the form below either online with the link or print the Read-only Document  and bring it to the first practice you attend:

Achilles Athlete Membership Application (ONLINE)

Achilles Athlete Membership Application (PRINT)

Handbook:

Once you have become an Achilles member read the handbook! Hope to see you soon!

Achilles Nashville Athlete Member Handbook 2018

Athlete’s Corner: 

from left to right Athlete Dwaine Jones and Guide Randy Hodge

Athlete Dwaine Jones  completed the California International Marathon Relay in December. He will be running with guide Randy Hodge for the New York Marathon in November.

Read Here Dwaine’s  highlights for the California International Marathon