OUR HISTORY & MISSION
In 1976, Dick Traum, an above the knee amputee, found himself approaching middle age and out of shape. After joining a local YMCA, Dick began running – small distances at first and then, eventually several miles. Within a year, Dick became the first amputee to run the New York City Marathon. The experience was life changing, bringing a powerful sense of achievement and self-esteem. In 1983, seeking to provide that same opportunity to other people with disabilities, Dick created the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International.
Today, Achilles International is a non-profit organization with chapters and members in over 65 locations within the United States and abroad-including Connecticut. Every day, in parks, gyms, and tracks all over the world, Achilles provides athletes with disabilities with a community of support. Able-bodied volunteers and disabled runners come together to train in an environment of support and community. Within this community, runners gain measurable physical strength and build confidence through their sense of accomplishment, which often transfers to other parts of their life.
The mission of Achilles International is to enable people with all types of physical and developmental disabilities and medical conditions to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement and lower barriers to living an active and fulfilling life.
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