46 min

Achilles International, with Ellie Cox-Nihill Running Anthropologist

    • Sports

In this episode we discuss all things Achilles with US Chapters Development Director Eleanor Cox-Nihill, and she shared magical stories: including their work with athletes of all abilities, empowering athletes with disabilities and supporting relationships between individuals. Ellie has been in many positions with Achilles, including her start as a volunteer local club member guiding an athlete from Central Park in NYC! Both participants learn and grow as a result of these partnerships, athletes and volunteer guides (also athletes themselves). The magic begins is in the local clubs, the practice, hard work and fun together throughout the year building up to a major event, like NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon, local races or Disney!

Ellie has a great deal to share too, as she has been with the organization since 2008, and since 2011 was in charge of US Chapters development and the online virtual clubs who meet for those who do not have local chapters. I am the direct beneficiary of this new virtual space, and connect with athletes from across the country learning to run through a training program, and inspiring one another. I might add that volunteers learn as much if not more from the experience, and as anyone who has been a guide will tell you: it transforms their run/walking and their relationship with the sport.

Ellie also shares about the history of Achilles, how she became inspired by her local New York City chapter, and what she has learned along the way supporting athletes for over a decade, thru events many dream of completing. What some thought was unimaginable are empowered to line up toe to toe with the elite athletes of the world, and learn from each other, overcoming challenges and sharing joy and hope! This success is carried through into everyday life and challenges faced therein with renewed confidence; Everyone has their own “Achilles” to cope with in life, and the parallels are not lost by Ellie in this interview. This episode is special as Achilles bids her a gradual fond farewell as she retires from her full time position this spring, and we know her legacy and positivity will carry forward to many!

Among the many resources mentioned in the podcast, one can learn more, find out how to get involved, or contribute at www.achillesinternational.org ———Below are the essentials, at a glance about their mission and programs:

“Achilles International, a global organization operating in 18 countries including the US, transforms the lives of people with disabilities through athletic programs and social connection. Since our founding in 1983, we have empowered over 150,000 athletes of all ages and ability levels to participate in endurance events around the globe.”

Reach out to us with questions or share your own stories of running culture and inspiration, at our blogsite: www.RunningAnthropologist.com - or on Facebook or Instagram @runninganthropologist

In this episode we discuss all things Achilles with US Chapters Development Director Eleanor Cox-Nihill, and she shared magical stories: including their work with athletes of all abilities, empowering athletes with disabilities and supporting relationships between individuals. Ellie has been in many positions with Achilles, including her start as a volunteer local club member guiding an athlete from Central Park in NYC! Both participants learn and grow as a result of these partnerships, athletes and volunteer guides (also athletes themselves). The magic begins is in the local clubs, the practice, hard work and fun together throughout the year building up to a major event, like NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon, local races or Disney!

Ellie has a great deal to share too, as she has been with the organization since 2008, and since 2011 was in charge of US Chapters development and the online virtual clubs who meet for those who do not have local chapters. I am the direct beneficiary of this new virtual space, and connect with athletes from across the country learning to run through a training program, and inspiring one another. I might add that volunteers learn as much if not more from the experience, and as anyone who has been a guide will tell you: it transforms their run/walking and their relationship with the sport.

Ellie also shares about the history of Achilles, how she became inspired by her local New York City chapter, and what she has learned along the way supporting athletes for over a decade, thru events many dream of completing. What some thought was unimaginable are empowered to line up toe to toe with the elite athletes of the world, and learn from each other, overcoming challenges and sharing joy and hope! This success is carried through into everyday life and challenges faced therein with renewed confidence; Everyone has their own “Achilles” to cope with in life, and the parallels are not lost by Ellie in this interview. This episode is special as Achilles bids her a gradual fond farewell as she retires from her full time position this spring, and we know her legacy and positivity will carry forward to many!

Among the many resources mentioned in the podcast, one can learn more, find out how to get involved, or contribute at www.achillesinternational.org ———Below are the essentials, at a glance about their mission and programs:

“Achilles International, a global organization operating in 18 countries including the US, transforms the lives of people with disabilities through athletic programs and social connection. Since our founding in 1983, we have empowered over 150,000 athletes of all ages and ability levels to participate in endurance events around the globe.”

Reach out to us with questions or share your own stories of running culture and inspiration, at our blogsite: www.RunningAnthropologist.com - or on Facebook or Instagram @runninganthropologist

46 min