Achilles Athletes

Achilles Nashville is one of the 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:

Athlete Member Application ONLINE

Athlete Member Application PRINT

Handbook:

After becoming a member of Achilles, please read our handbook. We hope to see you soon!

Achilles International-Nashville Member Athlete, Member Volunteer Guide, and Volunteer Handbook

Athlete’s Corner: 

Guide Brandon Bradford (left) and Athlete Ricky Jones (right)Ricky Jones, an Achilles athlete shares his thoughts regarding his experience in the Philapdelphia Half Marathon 2016.

Click here to read Ricky’s testimony.