What is Achilles Canada?

What is Achilles?

The Achilles Canada is a non-profit organization that encourages people with disabilities to participate in running.

Running is accessible to all, inexpensive, breaks down barriers between people with disabilities and able-bodied participants, and enhances health. The club provides support, training, and technical expertise to runners at all levels.

Volunteers are always needed and sponsorship is greatly appreciated. Achilles welcomes people with all disabilities such as visual, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, arthritis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, amputation, cystic fibrosis, or those who suffer from stroke, cancer, traumatic head injury, and many others.

Runners participate with crutches, in wheelchairs, on prostheses, and without aids. From the beginner to the advanced, there is a range of program levels available to suit all personal requirements. This ensures that members remain challenged while continuously improving and realizing their potential.

Goals and Objectives

  • Establish training programs for the disabled including organizing weekly running activities, long-distance wheelchair workouts and individual coaching.
  • Encourage and provide assistance to disabled athletes to participate in running events including marathons organized by the Achilles Track Club of Canada or other affiliated Achilles Track Club chapters.
  • Encourage and provide an opportunity for the non-disabled athletes and disabled athletes to participate in a run together.
  • Establish and maintain a world-wide network of chapters that together, encourage and assist members of Achilles Track Club to participate in mainstream running events such at the annual New York City Marathon, the St. Patrick’s 5K Run and the Canadian International Marathon.
  • Develop training and running programs that are suitable for the needs of disabled children, adults and seniors.