As runners lined up in their corrals before the start of the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5-Mile, singer Gloria Gaynor delivered a message of encouragement to all athletes present: “Remember: It’s not the fastest, but the one who endures to the end who wins the race.”
She mentioned that her hit song “I Will Survive” is a favorite among Achilles International members, commenting, “It speaks to the tenacity of its participants,” before telling the crowd, “So when it gets tough, hum the tune, sing the words, and you’ll get through it."
Gaynor’s words reflected well on the theme of the race—enduring through trials toward accomplishing one’s goals—and many athletes in the field personified that spirit of persistence
This Sunday marked the 11th year of the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5-Mile in Central Park, and the event celebrated 30 years of cooperation between Achilles International and NYRR
The club was founded in 1983 by Dick Traum, the first above-the-knee amputee to finish the New York City Marathon, and offers athletes with physical and mental disabilities opportunities to participate in athletic events.
This race, founded in 2003 with help from Trisha Meili, the “Central Park Jogger,” gives athletes of all abilities the chance to test themselves over the five-mile course.