Achilles International Houston

The Houston Chapter of Achilles International welcomes all people with disabilities to the wonderful world of RUNNING! To us, running means any form of forward locomotion - conventional running, walking, wheeling, or swinging through crutches!

Our mission is to enable people with disabilities to participate in mainstream running in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.

In 1983 Dick Traum 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. Seeking to provide that same opportunity to other people with disabilities, Dick created the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International.

Today, this non-profit organization has chapters and members in over 65 locatio... See More
General Information
Achilles is a non-profit organization that partners able-bodied runners (VOLUNTEERS) with physically-challenged athletes 

Our goals are to welcome Achilles athletes to the wonderful world of running, promote camaraderie, encourage and build self-confidence, and have FUN!

Membership is absolutely free.

VOLUNTEERS: As an Achilles volunteer, you function as a member’s eyes, ears, guide, and motivator. You can participate in many ways, and commit as much, or as little, as your schedule allows.
If you are interested in becoming a VOLUNTEER GUIDE, on ANY level, please contact Bernie Tretta: or Paola Ferrari:

ATHLETES: We encourage everyone with a disability or physical challenge to participate 
• Challenges include, but are not limited to, amputation, cerebral palsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis, organ transplants, paraplegia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment. 

Hours Notes: 
VA Disability Rating Requirement: 
No Disability Requirement
Discharges Allowed: 
No Minimum Discharge