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.

Joanne ane BisonMembership 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 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)



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

Achilles Nashville Athlete Member Handbook 2018

Athlete’s Corner: 

Sarah Dwaine and Randy

This year our Chapter lost 2 of its long time members, Mike Moberg and Peter Pressman. At our annual Holiday Party on December 12, 2018 a special award in honor and in memory of these two people went to one athlete and one guide.

Mike Moberg was one of the original Achilles athletes. He was an avid hand-cycler who dedicated his life to health and fitness following an accident in 2009 that left him paralyzed from waist down.

The transformation that fitness and Achilles made to Mike’s life is an incredible story. (see Remembering Mike Moberg)

We have an athlete who exemplifies the qualities we all think of when we talk about Mike. This athlete also began with Achilles early on as one of the original athletes. This athlete, like Mike, was a bit over his ideal weight and not overly athletic. However, things changed for him over the past couple of years as he trained hard, dedicated his time and energy towards fitness and reaching new goals. Despite some medical complications during training, he persevered, focused and determined to complete the NYC Marathon. This award, the 1styear of the Mike Moberg Athlete of the Year Award goes to Dwaine Jones, an athlete and a champion in our eyes!