In 2012, Melissa Wilcox had a vision to start the Philadelphia Chapter of Achilles International, after guiding a visually-impaired athlete during the Disney World Marathon. Melissa’s commitment to form the Philadelphia chapter continues to grow in numbers and provide disabled individuals with an avenue for becoming physically fit.
Today “Philly Achilles” has a diverse range of disabled athletes and over 60 dedicated volunteers who travel from all over the Delaware Valley and New Jersey demographics to participate in our group workouts and support our growing number of athletes. The non-profit group pairs disabled athletes with compassionate and trained guides who place an emphasis on safety to ensure that our disabled athletes reach their optimal fitness potential. Since the inception of the Philadelphia chapter in 2012, the organization has completed numerous races from 5ks to marathons. When one athlete succeed at achieving a milestone, we all succeed!
While the physical fitness aspect is the most obvious, Philly Achilles builds self-esteem and promoting team camaraderie. This Philadelphia based organization provides encouragement, support, friendship, and the inspiration to be experienced is bountiful.
Whether you are a disabled athlete (walker or runner) or a volunteer, we invite you to join us at 1601 Chestnut Street at 9 am on Saturday mornings to workout with us.