Who We're Running With: Philly Achilles

Running in the Philadelphia area continues to grow and grow. From the races to beautiful trails and places to run to great groups, we consider ourselves very lucky to be surrounded by such a wonderful running community. Here's who we're running with this week! 


By Holly Lynch

There are many remarkable things that can be said about the Philadelphia Chapter of Achilles International.  Let’s see if we can share with everyone in summary of WHO we are, WHAT we do, and most importantly WHY this organization is vital to the Philadelphia running community.

A little cold weather can’t take away the smiles from athlete Chris Lynch with his guides Bob Brown & Rick Cayer

A little cold weather can’t take away the smiles from athlete Chris Lynch with his guides Bob Brown & Rick Cayer

WHO

Informally, our chapter is known as “Philly Achilles.”  We are a part of a global non-profit organization (Achilles International) with chapters that span over 65 countries. Philly Achilles was founded in September 2012 and since its establishment the chapter has grown exponentially. With an initial membership of only a handful of athletes and volunteers, the chapter now has a membership of approximately 100 athletes and volunteers.

Philly Achilles first athlete, Bruce Linsky with running partner Nate Russell

Philly Achilles first athlete, Bruce Linsky with running partner Nate Russell

WHAT

The global mission is to promote physical fitness through running, build self-confidence, and promote a sense of team camaraderie. Philly Achilles fulfills this mission through providing a safe and fun environment for our members. Our chapter has the means but more importantly, we have the compassion to help athletes with diverse disabilities achieve their individual fitness goals.  

  Volunteer Rick Cayer going for a Saturday morning run on the SRT with athlete, Kinzey Lynch

 

Volunteer Rick Cayer going for a Saturday morning run on the SRT with athlete, Kinzey Lynch

WHY

In the simplest of forms, we do this because we enjoy running and we love helping those with disabilities turn their physical fitness goals from the impossible into the “I DID IT!” There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing an athlete who thought they couldn’t walk a mile, run their first race and being a part of that journey.  

Athlete Jaime Hooker approaching the finish line of her first 5k with guides Holly Lynch & Joanna Craney

Athlete Jaime Hooker approaching the finish line of her first 5k with guides Holly Lynch & Joanna Craney

WHEN & WHERE

If you are an athlete seeking encouragement and support in reaching your fitness goals, please contact us! If you are a runner (regardless of your pace) with an aspiration to volunteer within your community, we encourage you to get involved - we want you! No experience needed.

Athlete Matt McAvoy and guide Cedric Edwards after a nice run through the city of Brotherly Love

Athlete Matt McAvoy and guide Cedric Edwards after a nice run through the city of Brotherly Love

Philly Achilles meet every Saturday at 9 am (rain or shine) at 1601 Chestnut Street; 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA. For additional information visit our website at www.phillyachilles.com or e-mail: Melissa@phillyachilles.com.

Athlete Mark McCowan with his guides during Philadelphia Marathon weekend.

Athlete Mark McCowan with his guides during Philadelphia Marathon weekend.