Achilles in the News

August 7, 2020

Athlete Amy Saffell, Matt Davis, Sara Solomon talk about the importance of the ADA and how Achilles Nashville supports them.

Read this article on Fleet Feet here

July 21,  2020

this beautiful article about Achilles, highlighting some of the Achille’s athletes and guides, including Nashville Achilles athlete,Theresa Khayyam. Theresa was our very first athlete and our Nashville Chapter could not be more proud of her and all of her accomplishments. We are also so thankful for our partnership with our local

Fleet Feet Nashville stores and all that they do for Achilles Nashville.

guide William and Athlete Theresa

December 18, 2018

Fleet Feet Nashville has been very generous and they are donating all proceeds from the spring training program to seven different nonprofits. Achilles was selected to be one of them.

Read here to see what Fleet Feet is doing and to learn more about Achilles 

Mackenzie, Dana, Scott, Lizzy, Lauren and Minna

October 8, 2018

Style Blueprint featured Theresa Khayyam and her story of her vision loss.  They also featured Achilles as an inclusive organization.

Read the article here

From left to right Guide Kimi Dement on left Athlete Theresa Khayyam Guide John Lavey on right

May 18,  2018

372WN wrote an article to see how we run. This article gives insight on the relationship between guides and athletes.

Read the article here

November 20, 2017

Our Vanderbilt guides get inspired by our athletes everyday. Read about some of their most inspiring stories at  A special thank you to Vanderbilt for sending such amazing guides.

From left to right Rachel Boehrer, Amanda Hachey, KatieAnn McMillin

October 1, 2017

Achilles Nashville guides and athletes share their  running experiences and stories about friendship in this interview done by Nashville Fit Magazine.  Read about the camaraderie of Achilles Nashville at  A special thanks to Lindsey Miller for writing the article and Ryan Freebing for featuring our amazing group.

Top Row from left to right : Athlete Ricky Jones Guide Brandon Bradford Athlete Annie Donnell and Annie's Guide Dog Hikari Bottom row from left to right: Olaf Wasternack, Sara Solomon, Amy Harris

July 15, 2017

Stephanie Zundel became the first Achilles Nashville blind athlete to qualify and complete the Boston Marathon. Please read her incredible story in Nashville’s Breaking Ground Magazine. Note that the first picture is not Stephanie…it is guide Melanie Yappen. 

Guide Harvey Freedman (on left), Athlete Stephanie Zundel (in the middle), Guide Amy Harris (on right

Breaking Ground Article PDF

Breaking Ground Article Screen Reader Friendly Doc

May 18, 2017 

Wendy Wilson, Senior Reporter from The Tennessee Star—an online news site based in the Nashville area—did a feature story on Achilles International-Nashville. Wendy spent a Wednesday evening at an Achilles practice interviewing athletes, guides, and volunteers to capture this story. This article was posted online on May 18, 2017.
Sara Solomon getting in her handcycle

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 April 17, 2017

On Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 17, 2017, Achilles International – Nashville athlete, Stephanie Zundel ran in the 121st Boston Marathon. Stephanie was guided by two Nashville Chapter guides, Amy Harris and Harvey Freeman. Click on the links for the news stories below to learn more about Stephanie’s Boston Marathon!

Stephanie Zundel getting a medal at the Boston Marathon

February 12, 2017

Channel 4 aired a feature on one of our ABLE Youth participants and Achilles athletes, Jay Denning (known as Jrod to many!) on their Inside Sports Sunday show. This segment centered around him being a member of his middle school wrestling team wrestling against all able bodied students despite having spina bifida and no leg function.

Jrod holding his medal

For the full segment:

Jrod’s Story

January 16, 2017

Look who made the front page of the Houston Chronicle in January—

Sara “Lizzy” Solomon. Lizzy participated in Houston International marathon weekend January 14-15, completing the 5k on Saturday, followed by her first ever half marathon Sunday. Lizzy was guided by Achilles International – Houston guides and some other Achilles friends.

Sara Solomon on the cover of the ?Houston Chronicle