It’s A Two-Way Street
Volunteers and Guides are a very important part of the Achilles community and take on numerous roles, such as:
- Helping disabled runners become familiar and proficient with special equipment
- Participating in weekly or bi-weekly workouts
- Providing guidance and running advice during races and marathon
- Guiding for training and rave events
- Helping out with race-day logistics
While their general role is to accompany disabled runners during the course of a workout or race, on any given day an Achilles Canada volunteer will function as a member’s eyes, ears, guide, and motivator. But ask any Achilles volunteer why they do it, and you’ll hear the same answer, over and over:
I get back as much as they give, and more!
Walking as a Volunteer with Achilles Canada makes you a better person. The first time I ran with a visually impaired athlete during a training run in mid-town Toronto, I was able to tell my athlete about the areas we were running by. The birds and the scenery. I had the vision but missed what he heard by running with me. I have since learned to take better notice of the beauty in everyday life. We learn that you can accomplish whatever you want, there are only abilities no disabilities in life, you just have to take advantage of them.