12th Annual Hope & Possibility 5-Miler
FUNDRAISER SET UP DEADLINE: Jun 29, 2014
Achilles International's Hope & Possibility 5-Miler celebrates the coming together of disabled and able-bodied runners, walkers, and wheelers. Hosted in Central Park, the race is running its twelfth year! This beautiful day in the Park is truly a symbol of the hope and possibility Achilles provides to disabled adults, children, and wounded veterans around the world.
This race was inspired by Founding Board Chair Trisha Meili, also known as the Central Park Jogger. In 1989, Trisha was beaten unconcious, bound, gagged, raped, and left for dead in Central Park. After suffering a traumatic brain injury and making a brave recovery, she joined Achilles in its earlier days. In 2003 she established the first annual Achilles Hope & Possibility race. Her book is titled "I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility".
Today Achilles International welcomes tens of thousands of disabled athletes around the world to compete alongside their able-bodies comrades in mainstream athletics. Achilles operates over 75 chapters. We works in athletic training, advocacy, and education to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life. In addition to our track club chapters, Achilles hosts the Freedom Team of Wounded Vets, Achilles Kids workouts, a kayak team, and a paratriathlon team. We have found that the sense of achievement that comes from reaching an athletic goal can spread to other areas of life, thus encouraging people with disabilites to believe in the possibility of all they can become.