EVENT NOW VIRTUAL FOR 2021!
Do your run or walk anytime between March 1 and March 31, 2021
ACHILLES ST. PATRICK’S DAY RUN!
As a result of us all not being able to again get together in 2021, the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day Event will run as a virtual event this year.
Register any time and run as far as you can from March 1st to March 31st and share your results.
Just get out there and keep adding up your distances and compete for Awards as a individual or team for your total millage for the month.
I think we will all be amazing at how far we can all go throughout the month in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and in support of Achilles Canada.
Put on your shoes, get out there and walk or run and far as you can throughout the month.
Go Team Go!
Achilles St. Patrick’s Day Races Benefits Achilles Canada
The Achilles St. Patrick’s Day Events sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewing and HomeEquity Bank benefits Achilles Canada – a non-profit organization that provides people with various disabilities an opportunity to receive the physical, psychological, and communal benefits of running. The club offers training and support by able-bodied members to its Achilles athletes of all ability levels.
Raise Funds For Your Charity
While the monies raised through the event fund the activities of Achilles Canada, it also offers other charities across the city the opportunity to raise funds for their programs. If you form a team, your team pays to enter the race, but 100% of the monies raised through pledges goes to your organization. It’s as easy as that! Last year, more than $230,000 was raised by other charities who partnered with the event.
Who Is Achilles Canada?
Achilles Canada is a member of an international non-profit organization, Achilles International, whose mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem, and lower barriers. Established in New York City in 1983, Achilles currently has over 140 chapters worldwide.
Achilles athletes participate in weekly Achilles Run Clinics, where coaches help novice and experienced runners alike reach their own personal training goals.
Achilles volunteers provide encouragement and support to Achilles athletes during workouts and at races as a running guide. Depending on the needs of the Achilles athlete, the volunteer member essentially runs the race next to the athlete. For example, a runner who is blind may require the use of a tether or just to have the running guide to run side by side with him or her. On the other hand, wheelchair athletes require running guides or cyclists who can stay with them at differing speeds and is adaptable to the erratic pace of a wheelchair.
Able-bodied members are vital in making a run possible for the Achilles athlete. Not only do they provide training to the athletes, they provide both physical and emotional support to the athletes during a race.
Sharing the same goal of crossing the finish line at the end of the race, barriers between the disabled and the able-bodied are broken down by the sheer joy and sense of achievement that participants share together.
Our volunteers also help with fundraising, publicity, and other organizational activities.