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The Achilles Track Club New York and Dick Traum

As a young able bodied man in May 1965 he was rammed by a car at a gasoline station.

2005-08-21

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The Achilles Track Club New York – a special kind of club – the brainchild of Dick Traum
In an unusual way, his misfortune became a triumph for humanity.

The Achilles Track Club is a special kind of club. One must read the history of its development in order to understand what this club represents and what role models it offers for the sport, the athletes, and its fellow men.  It should also serve as a role model for many other organisations.

The author participated in the New York City Marathon in 1984 with a broken arm resting in a sling. The situation seemed somewhat scurrile when about 90 minutes after the start I suddenly passed runners with their legs in casts — I started to question my own running abilities. These runners belonged to the Achilles Track Club, however, and they were allowed to start a few hours before the rest of the field.


Read about the development and history of the Achilles Track Club in the following report by Toby Tanser — and maybe some day you too will be asked to offer your services as a volunteer.

Horst Milde


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