Achilles International

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.

Company Overview
Bernie Tretta- Executive Director, Houston
Paola Ferrari- Director Emeritus, Houston

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. 

If you (or someone you know) might enjoy or benefit from becoming an Achilles ATHLETE, please contact Bernie Tretta: or Paola Ferrari:

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Bernie Tretta