Joe earned his Doctorate in Educational Technology and Leadership. He has been working in the NJ Public schools for over 20 years. He is married to Chrissy, who encouraged him to join Achilles. Joe also serves on the Achilles New Jersey Board and enjoys running with his wife and two boys.
We've been extremely lucky to work with Hellah on our first season of the podcast. Each week Hellah would lay out the program for aspiring run streakers that listen to our podcast all while maintaining his own streak and social media content. He is a busy guy, but he still said yes to us. We are grateful. This first season we focused on Achilles International. We heard many great stories from athletes and guides who all LOVE running. Now we focus on Hellah and how he started his journey in running and what really motivates him to run. Spoiler alert! He is a selfless, kind, and unique person that we can all learn from whether it is in running, or just in his outlook on life. Thank you Hellah Sidibe for being uniquely you. Thank you for gracing us with your presence as a trainer and guest on our first season of I Run BeCause. --- Support this podcast:
Annie Donnell is the leader of the St. Louis chapter of Achilles. Let's just say she races in the 20-24 age group and is a force to be reckoned with. She started running with the Nashville chapter (listen to Lizzy and Amy from the Nashville chapter) in 2017 when she was a sophomore. When she graduated from college and returned to St. Louis it didn't take long for her to start up the new chapter. Take a listen to Annie and how she has grown to 15 athletes and 40 guides and growing!  And don't forget, as usual, WHY she runs.  --- Support this podcast:
Michael Anderson joined Achilles as the Director of the NYC Chapter in May of 2017.  Michael has competed in over 350 races in the U.S. and around the globe, has completed eleven consecutive Boston Marathons and has run over 25 marathons including five World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, and NYC).  After running his first NYRR race in 2000, Michael was moved by the power of Achilles and has been an admirer ever since. He credits the accomplishments of Achilles athletes as a factor in pushing himself on race day and for toughing it out in the grueling final miles of each marathon he has run. Before joining Achilles, he spent several years as an event manager and freelance writer. --- Support this podcast:
Welcome to Rebecca Lindenbaum who is a board member of Achilles International and a guide as well.  Many athletes will recognize Rebecca from her position at the NYC Marathon finish line greeting them as they crossed the finish line. She recalls her first year when 250 athletes plus their guides participated. It was an emotional moment for her. Running an organization like this requires members to be athletes, but also requires guides. Additionally, there is a business aspect to running an organization and it needs funds to operate. When Rebecca first started getting involved with Achilles she went into their office to learn why people weren't huge or giving more money. She decided that day to host a fundraising event at her home. That was her start. "When I think about Achilles, I have to just say,  it's the family. It's everyone helping everyone. And no matter what kind of disability you have, or don't have, everyone is really there for each other. So, I just feel like I need to say that, because to Mary and Francesco, my weeks were so filled with such incredible people in my life and it's just, it's just made my life so much fuller." --- Support this podcast:
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