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Achilles Kids Advanced Training Program – It’s Not Too Late To Sign Up!

Sorry, the Top Ten is coming out tomorrow – I guess I got a little carried away in my reviews of our favorite restaurants around the city. In the meantime, I thought I would pass this information along (for all of you Saturday morning early birds):

Achilles Kids Advanced Training Program Update!
Dear Michaela,

Thanks to everyone  for joining us at the first Achilles Kids training run! We had 15 kids run 1.66 miles! We are so excited to work towards this five mile goal! We will be meeting again on Saturday March 17. We will also be meeting on Saturday, March 24. The next JCC workout is March 31.

 

For the Central Park training program, please RSVP to Megan at mlombardo@achillesinternational.org if you plan to attend. In addition, please note some new information:

 

* Please come right to Central Park at 90th Street and 5th Avenue at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start.  (no more meeting at NYRR – we found that to be confusing)

 

* Come dressed to run in comfortable clothes and sneakers. Note that your child will probably warm up as they run, so it may be best to put them in layers they can easily remove.

 

* The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is on Saturday.   The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11:00 am and marches up Fifth Avenue to 86th Street, where the parade finishes at around 4:30 – 5:00 pm. Be aware that traffic may be an issue.

 

Thank you so much for joining us on this exciting adventure!!

 

All the best,

Megan, Janet, and Karen

Halloween Fun Run, Turkey Trot and More!

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment
Happy Halloween from Achilles Kids!
Achilles Kids Halloween Fun Run
Saturday, October 22
JCC (334 Amsterdam Ave. @ 76th Street)
9:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Join us for a SPOOKTACULAR event and ghoulishly good time!!!  
Come in costume (or come as your favorite runner!). 

***There will be plenty of running, so no long flowing costumes, please!

Directions: #2, 3 train to 72nd St. Walk NORTH 4 blocks on Amsterdam Ave to 76th Street.

For more information, please call 212.354.0300 or email us at kids@achillesinternational.org

Achilles Kids MINI-Marathon
Saturday, November 5
JCC
9:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Achilles Kids Turkey Trot Fun Run
Saturday, November 19
JCC
9:30 AM – 12:15 PM
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NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile and More Achilles Events!

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment
ACHILLES INTERNATIONAL
UPCOMING 

NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile
Saturday, September 24th
Fifth Avenue & 82nd St.
(at steps in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Registration: 8:30 am 
RACE START: 9:10 am SHARP
AGES 8 – 14 years ONLY*!

PLEASE NOTE:

1. The NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile is a very exciting ONE MILE RACE down Fifth Avenue. It can be walked, but it IS one mile. Fifth Avenue will be lined with spectators cheering for the kids – so it’s a great event for our older kids to experience.

2. This world class race is a New York Road Runners event with NUMEROUS race heats for various age groups throughout the morning. That being the case, NYRR sticks to a very tight schedule and the races go off like clockwork.

PLEASE allow extra time so you can get there early or you WILL miss the race.
(and we DO NOT want THAT to happen!)

3. *We sincerely apologize for the age-restriction. Normally, we do NOT participate in events that are not open to ALL of our members. But this is a very exciting WORLD CLASS race – and is a tremendous opportunity for our older kids to experience. We hope to see you ALL at our next event on Saturday, October 1st (see below for all the FUN details).

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 212.354.0300
or email us at kids@achillesinternational.org

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

NYRR Grete’s Troll Stroll

Saturday, October 1st
Central Park – MID Park (Band Shell area)

Registration: 9:30 am

Race Start: 10:30 am

Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research 
Saturday, October 15th
Central Park
(W. 67th St. & West Drive)
Registration: 8:30 am
Race Start: 9:30 am 
Achilles Kids Halloween Fun Run 
Saturday, October 22nd  JCC
(334 Amsterdam Ave @ 76th St.)
9:30 am – 12 pm  
Achilles Kids
42 West 38th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10018
T: 212.354.0300  |  F: 212.354.3978  |  E: kids@achillesinternational.org
www.AchillesInternational.org

More Fun Achilles Events and Races – September and October 2011

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment


Achilles Kids
Back to School & Heroes Fun Run
Saturday, September 10th   9:30 am
Jewish Community Center

334 Amsterdam Ave. @ 76th Street
Start off the school year with a backpack full of school supplies!
Join us THIS Saturday for a fun-filled event!

For more information, please call 212.354.0300 or email us at kids@achillesinternational.org

Directions: #1, 2 or 3 train to 72nd St.
Walk NORTH four blocks on Amsterdam Ave to the JCC.

NYRR FIFTH AVENUE MILE
Saturday, September 24th
Fifth Avenue & 82nd St.
(at steps in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Registration: 8:30 am 
RACE START: 9:10 am SHARP
AGES 8 – 14 years ONLY!

PLEASE NOTE:

1. The NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile is a very exciting ONE MILE RACE down Fifth Avenue. It can be walked, but it IS one mile. Fifth Avenue will be lined with spectators cheering for the kids – so it’s a great event for our older kids to experience.

2. This world class race is a New York Road Runners event with NUMEROUS race heats for various age groups throughout the morning. That being the case, NYRR sticks to a very tight schedule and the races go off like clockwork.

PLEASE allow extra time so you can get there early or you WILL miss the race.
(and we don’t want THAT to happen!)

NYRR GRETE’S TROLL STROLL
Saturday, October 1st
Central Park: 72nd Street, Band Shell Area
Registration: 9:30 am
Race Start: 10:30 am

Directions:
FROM EAST SIDE: #6 train to 68th Street. Walk to 5th Avenue, enter park at 72nd St. Walk towards the middle of the park along 72nd st. CROSS East Drive and follow the 72nd St. Transverse across the park til you see the Bethesda Fountain on your right. Entrance to the Band Shell area will be directly opposite the fountain, on your LEFT.

FROM WEST SIDE: #1 to 66th St or 2, 3 to 72nd St. Enter park at W. 67th St. Cross West Drive and follow path (just to the north/left of Sheep Meadow) across the park to Band Shell area.

Achilles Kids
42 West 38th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10018
T: 212.354.0300
F: 212. 354-3978
email: kids@achillesinternational.org
www.achillesinternational.org

No Food, Gum, or Pens! But We Managed To Sneak In Some Summer Fun

So today was our second trip to Highbridge Pool, and as it often goes we arrived with much lower expectations and had a much better time overall. I still feel certain that we would not be making the trip for the 30 minute lesson. The instructors seem nice, James seems to enjoy it and receives a decent amount of attention in the water, but the fact remains that the lesson includes 50 other special needs children so it is chaotic in its best moments. I appreciate that James is getting comfortable in the water with other children splashing nearby, but I feel that we could have just as much, if not more fun in the pool on our own.

And today we did. After the lesson we stayed for nearly 2 hours in the enormous 1-2 ft. wading pool and all 3 kids had a blast, especially James. He would’ve stayed all day if my 9 month old wasn’t falling apart, and I wasn’t completely sunburned (always the sunscreener, never the sunscreened).  The locker rooms were clean (bring your own lock) and the pool was not too crowded. Because James had trouble going through the men’s locker room alone, someone went and got him and let him go through the women’s locker room with me, which was a pleasant change from other pools we have been to.

My only complaint is that the security was pretty intense. Though we had been in the pool for his lesson, we were made to exit and re-enter for the free swim. I handed my bookbag, which had already been in the pool area, to the security guard and spent the next 5 minutes watching her go through it as though I might be smuggling explosives. By the end of her search she had removed all of the food and drink, gum and writing utensils from my bag. Yep, apparently pens and markers are banned from the pool and locker room – wrap your mind around that one. When I asked if I had to get rid of it all, she held up a pack of gum and asked, “Want to eat this right now?” She thought she was being smart, but her smirk faltered a little when I wrapped everything, including my markers in a plastic bag and set it on the ground next to the pool entry. “Can I leave this here and come back for it later?,” I asked. “The kids will want a snack after they’re done swimming.”

Let me change gears for a minute – I wanted to give a shout out to “Coach Bill,” who went above and beyond at Thomas Jefferson Park earlier this week. On Tuesday we tried out the Adaptive Track & Field program that I recently mentioned in a post, and I’m so glad we went! The session was mainly filled with typical children which is not at all what I was expecting, but Coach Bill introduced himself and quickly put me at ease. The very first class started on time and was well-organized, even with 30-40 kids participating. James spent most of the time right by Coach Bill and was able to try relay races, the javelin throw and even hurdles with his support and guidance, in a large group of typical peers (those of you who know James know how impressive this is)! Bill said he got along well with the other kids and James seemed pretty proud of himself on the way home. In the meantime, there was a nice playground right next to the track so the babies were kept busy in the shade while we waited for James to finish – a far cry from wrestling my toddler away from the water!

Still looking to fill some gaps this summer? I was told that it is very casual as far as attendance goes for special needs children, and that there will be a big track meet at the end of the season on August 17th on Randall’s Island. If you are at all interested, I sincerely encourage you to bring your special needs child to a practice to try it out – the program meets all over the city, but we have been going to the one at Thomas Jefferson Park, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-noon.

Leave your pens at home and come meet us on Thursday for a swim!

Achilles Kids – Upcoming Free Events, July 2011

Independence Day Collage
Achilles Kids 2011 Independence Day Fun Run!
Achilles International Logo
Achilles Kids
Independence Day Fun Run
Saturday, July 9th
Jewish Community Center GYM
334 Amsterdam Ave. @ 76th Street
9:30 AM – 12:15 PMDirections: 1, 2, 3 train to 72nd St. Walk NORTH 4 blocks on Amsterdam to 76th Street.

For more information, please call 212.354.0300 or email us at kids@achillesinternational.org!

 

Achilles Kids  Under the Sea Fun Run

Saturday, July 16th

Jewish Community Center GYM

334 Amsterdam Ave. @ 76th Street

9:30 AM – 12:15 PM

 

Achilles Kids
Shoot for the Stars Fun Run
Saturday, July 23rd
Jewish Community Center GYM
334 Amsterdam Ave. @ 76th Street
9:30 AM – 12:15 PM

 

Achilles Kids
42 West 38th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10018
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Achilles International – Racing, Running, Walking, Rolling, Biking, Kayaking and Other Fun Exercise For All Ages and Abilities

Activities that combine fun and exercise for James are always appealing to me. One thing that stands out about Achilles is that family members, including non-disabled siblings, can join in, too. Below are some excerpts from their website about the running, tandem and Achilles Kids programs in NYC, though I encourage you to visit http://www.achillesinternational.org to find out more about their wounded vets, marathon and kayaking programs. I would love for those of you who are already involved with this organization to leave your personal experiences in the comments section!

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Achilles International is a non-profit organization that has chapters and members in over 70 countries. 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.

Over the years, Achilles has also developed specialized programs for children and war veterans. Achilles Kids provides training, racing opportunities, and an in-school program for children with disabilities, while our Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans program brings running programs and marathon opportunities to disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

While our programs focus on athletics, the truth is, sports are simply the tool for accomplishing our main objective: to bring hope, inspiration and the joys of achievement to people with disabilities. Nothing illustrates this more than our signature event, the Hope and Possibility Five-Miler. In this race, able-bodied and disabled athletes participate side-by-side and, with several  disabled award categories, it puts a first place win within the grasp of all runners.

Running – Achilles Track Club

The Achilles Track Club is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage people with disabilities to participate in the sport of distance running. ATC provides support, training, and technical expertise to people at all levels and with a variety of disabilities. Founded in 1983 in New York City, ATC now has 35 chapters in the United States and more than 100 chapters internationally.

ATC members affirm their ability—not disability—by participating with able-bodied athletes. ATC encourages and supports athletes regardless of speed or capability.

People with any physical disability are eligible to join ATC. Some members use crutches; others participate in wheelchairs. Some are experienced athletes; others are exercising for the first time. No previous athletic experience is required. Members are encouraged to participate in races.

ATC membership is free and includes racing fees, coaching, workouts, ATC team T-shirts, and a newsletter, The Achilles Heel.

Informal workouts are held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays when there are no NYRR races. Participants meet at NYRR, 9 East 89th Street, New York City, and work out in Central Park.

Volunteers are needed to assist ATC members at workouts and to serve as guides in NYRR races, including the ING New York City Marathon. Volunteers are matched with ATC members of similar pace and ability.

For more information about volunteering, membership, or starting a new ATC chapter, please call 212.354.0300.

Achilles Kids is a FREE running/walking/rolling program for children with all types of disabilities (and their non-disabled siblings), ages 2-21. Our aim is to promote the joy of running/walking/rolling and to encourage all kids to participate at whatever level they can. Our emphasis is on FUN and all we ask is that the kids do their best.

Achilles Kids Workouts are held year-round – during the warmer months, in Central Park, and in the winter we meet indoors at a gym on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Children are paired with volunteers who run/walk with them and provide training assistance, encouragement and support. In addition to doing laps and training for races, we also have time for “free play” which makes our workouts FUN. There has been DRAMATIC improvement in the majority of the children over the past few years. Children who could not run/walk 50 yds are now doing a mile or in many cases, much more (in several cases TEN MILES!) and in all cases, doing much more than they ever thought possible. In addition to the obvious improvement in their health and fitness levels, the children have received an incredible boost to their self-confidence and self-esteem which can have a far-reaching impact in their lives.

Contact Persons
Tricia Graf, Program Coordinator
(212) 354-0300
Tgraf@achillestrackclub.org
Karen Lewis
(212) 354-0300
kids@achillestrackclub.org

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Tandem Program

For 25 years, the Achilles Track Club has provided disabled athletes with opportunities to engage in healthy athletic competitions and events throughout the city. The Achilles Tandem Bike Program expands on the programs that Achilles offers and serves as a forum where disabled athletes can learn the skills needed to participate in quintessential New York events such as the Five Boro Bike Tour. Tandem cycling is a wonderful way for people with disabilities to exercise, have fun and bond with able-bodied friends or loved ones.

The Achilles Tandem Bike Program was inspired by Artie Elefant, a 63-year-old Achilles athlete who lost most of his vision due to retinitis pigmentosa over twenty years ago and was diagnosed with chronic lymphoncytic leukemia. In spite of these obstacles, Artie continues to train and compete in various endurance events, including marathons, triathlons, and bike tours with the assistance of volunteer guides from Achilles.

“I am a visually challenged 63 year old male, but nearly 20 years ago my loss of vision forced me to stop riding my bike,” said Artie. “Thanks to the Achilles Track Club’s Tandem Bike Program, I am back on the road again enjoying the feel of the wind in my face and the open road. I am now able to create an entirely new set of memories and experiences, which is why tandem biking can be so great for a visually challenged person such as myself or any other person with adaptive sports needs.

There really isn’t anything as rewarding as feeling the terrain of the road and the smell and sounds of the world as you ride through it. These are feelings that I have only recently rediscovered through the joys of tandem biking.”

Achilles owns 10 tandem bicycles which are stored in Central Park, and its program of bi-weekly rides will be available for Achilles members of all ages, fitness levels, and abilities. If you are interested in trying a tandem as an Achilles Member or as a guide, please contact Anthony Green anthony.green@concepglobal.com

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Next weekend Achilles International is holding a Hope and Possibility 5M race in Central Park (details below):

9th Annual Hope & Possibility is set for Sunday, June 26, 2011 in Central Park

Wheelers Start: 8:50a.m. – Open Start: 9a.m. – Kids Fun Run Start: 10:30a.m.

REGISTER ONLINE ~

Our signature event, a five-mile race for able-bodied and athletes with disabilities, is held annually with great joy in New York City’s Central Park. It is the largest of its kind. In 2010, special guests Prince Harry, Cindy and Meghan McCain, Governor Paterson, and Heather Mills joined Achilles athletes, volunteers, supporters, and spectators in this celebration of the human spirit.

Your bib will get you a 20% discount off running gear at Urban Athletics on Madison Avenue.

Achilles looks forward to making the upcoming 9th Annual Hope & Possibility the most memorable one yet. Proceeds support Achilles International programs.

Please help us spread the word. This 2011 Hope & Possibility flyer can be attached to an email message and sent to your contacts or printed out and posted to community bulletin boards.

Hope & Possibility 5-Mile Award Categories

Open/Able-Bodied
Pushrim Wheelchair (P)
Power Chair (R)
Ambulatory Disabled (M)
Visually Impaired (V)
Other (X)
Above-knee amputee (A)
Below-knee amputee (B)
Double amputee (D)

All of the above categories receive awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Male and Female finishers. Power Chair participant awards are for place only (no gender awards).

Prize Money

Prize money is awarded to 1st place Male and Female winners in each category, provided there are seven participants in the category. One Power Chair prize for 1st place – male or female, provided there are seven Power Chair participants.

See Photos Press from last year’s Hope & Possibility event.


Hope & Possibility Kids Fun Run

Kids ages 2 – 16 years of age can run, walk, or wheel a 100 yd, 200 yd or 400 yd dash. OR if you are over 10, you can run/walk the 5 mile race with a parent. Stay for FUN post-race activities!

Medals for ALL finishers; free race day t-shirt for all participants (while supplies last).

To Register for the FREE Kids Fun Run, download the application, fill it out (don’t forget to sign it!) and return it to:

Achilles Kids
42 W. 38th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Or fax it to us at 212. 354.3978.
For more information, please call 212.354.0300.
Hope to see you there!