Achilles Hope & Possibility (5M)


This event, which brings together athletes with disabilities and able-bodied athletes, is a celebration of running with a very special flavor. Cash prizes (details below), free T-shirts for kids, and more all promise a great day in the park. Kids’ races traditionally include many participants with disabilities as well.

Event hashtag: #GoAchillies—use it in your tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts!

Live unofficial results are available during the race at Features include leaderboards, map tracking, and an individual runner search that can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Tell your friends and family to follow your progress, and because the system works great on mobile devices, you can get unofficial results right after the race!

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If you bike to the race, please follow our bike parking guidelines.

All race information is subject to change.

**Please note that this event is not a TCS New York City Marathon-qualifying race; it does not count toward guaranteed entry to the 2015 or 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.**

Course Info

Mile 1: Start on Central Park’s West Drive near 67th Street and head south along the southern edge of the park.

Mile 2: Bear left and run north on East Drive, climbing Cat Hill (about 600 meters) between 72nd and 78th streets.

Mile 3: Continue north on East Drive on a straight, flat section, then downhill to a left turn onto the 102nd Street Transverse. Continue downhill to West Drive.

Mile 4: Turn left again on West Drive and run a series of three rolling hills between the Transverse and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Mile 5: Run downhill for about a half-mile, then turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse for the final two-tenths of a mile. Finish on the Transverse near West 69th Street.

Accepted forms of payment include: credit card, check, and money order. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept cash payments.

Entry Fees

Feb. 25-Mar. 10Mar. 11-June 27Event Day
NYRR Members$18 $23$25
Jr./Sr. Members$10$15 $20
Armed Services Veterans Members$10$15 $20
Active Duty Military Members$10$15 $20
Jr. Non-members$15$20$25

Kids' Races

Check out our guidelines for NYRR kids' races before race day.

Achilles kids' races are free and open to able-bodied children and children with special needs, ages 2-12. The races begin at 10:30 a.m. and the distances range from 50 to 400 feet, depending on age. Kids will corral on the sidewalk on the east side of West Drive; each kid should enter the corral next to the sign that displays his or her age. Please note that parents of children age 7 and older will not be permitted to enter the corrals; they can meet their children after their races in the reunion area.

Please register at number pick-up/registration (times and locations listed below), or by printing and mailing the application found here.

Number Pickup & Registration

Numbers (which include your tag) and T-shirts may be picked up at NYRR (9 East 89th Street) on:

  • Thursday, June 25 1:00–7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 26 1:00–7:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 27 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Shirt size is subject to availability; please note that shirts may not be available at race-day pickup. Please pick up on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to avoid crowds. On race day, pickup will be at Race Day Central in Central Park (see course map) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. (adults' five-mile race) and from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. (kids' races). If you pick up on race day, please be sure to allow yourself enough time to get from Race Day Central to the start.

If you're unable to pick up your race materials, a friend or family member can pick them up for you; the person will need to know your full name and date of birth. 

Donate your gently used clothing and shoes to our partner Goodwill! Bring donations to Number Pickup & Registration at NYRR (not to the race site on race day, please) and drop them in the Goodwill bins—and thanks.

Code of Conduct | Rules of Competition

Post-Race Festival

Plan to attend the post-race festival. Details of activities are coming soon.


Awards will be available to the top three men and women overall, as well as in age and gender groups as explained in this article. A list of all award winners will be posted in the results for each race.

Award winners that wish to receive an award plaque should complete our online claim form.

Provided a minimum of seven participants finish in each of the following categories, cash prizes will be awarded after results are finalized:

  • Pushrim Wheelchair
  • Handcycle
  • Power Chair
  • Ambulatory Disabled
  • Above Knee Ambulatory
  • Below Knee Ambulatory
  • Double Amputee
  • Visually Impaired
  • Open (Able-bodied)

Participants may not pass the lead vehicle, which will maintain a consistent pace.

Sunday, June 28, 2015 9:00am


5 Miles

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Both Men and Women
Finisher Medals



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Registration will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, June 25.


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