Achilles Hope And Possibility 4M Race, As Local Harlem Resident Puspa Prepares!

June 21, 2023

Celebrate disability inclusion at the 21st annual Achilles Hope & Possibility® 4M Presented by TD Bank.

On Sunday, nearly 7,000 runners and walkers of all abilities will participate in our Achilles Hope & Possibility 4M Presented by TD Bank. Race celebrates diversity and disability inclusion.

One of those athletes is Puspa Poarangan, a longtime Harlem resident, who has never let her disability define her. Originally from Indonesia and born with a congenital neuro defect, Puspa learned the importance of perseverance from an early age. A physician assistant, Puspa joined Achilles last year and it transformed her life. She never thought she could be an athlete but quickly learned how to handcycle.

Last year’s Achilles Hope & Possibility was her first-ever race and it reframed her perspective – completing the race proved she’s stronger than she thinks. Achilles has empowered Puspa to push outside her comfort zone and accomplish things she never thought possible. This will be her second Achilles Hope & Possibility.  

Since 1983, Achilles International has been empowering youth, adults and veterans living with disabilities to participate in adaptive running and endurance sports.

This race leads into July’s Disability Pride Month and the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Kids Can Run Too

The Achilles Hope & Possibility Kids Races with Rising New York Road Runners welcomes your child to participate in the race-day fun. Registration is free and open to ages 2 to 11. Learn more by visiting the Rising New York Road Runners youth events page.

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Why Race with New York Road Runners?

When you run with NYRR, you do more than compete in a world-class race—your support and participation play a role in fulfilling their mission to help and inspire people through running, and benefit NYRR’s free youth and community programs, including Rising New York Road RunnersNYRR StridersOpen Run, and more.

All finishers will receive a medal from Achilles International to commemorate their run.

Achilles International

Achilles International empowers all people living with disabilities to participate in adaptive running and endurance sports. They build a supportive community to break down barriers to the start line and beyond.

Their vision is a world where everyone can run, walk or roll together. We reframe what’s possible whether it’s in the park, on the race course or in everyday life.

For more information about volunteering as a guide runner, joining as an athlete with a disability or making a donation, visit

Photo credit: New York Road Runners.

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