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Welcome to the Achilles Ottawa home page. Achilles Ottawa is a national capital-based running club which provides runners who are blind and visually impaired with a community of support. Athletes with a visual impairment of all levels and backgrounds are encouraged to train and compete alongside sighted guide runners in a supportive team environment. By bringing together athletes who are sighted and visually impaired, we hope to support runners in pursuing their potential as athletes and as individuals, and to leverage running in promoting a vision of inclusion.

Achilles Ottawa Athletes Brave the Rain for a Summer Celebration

Grey skies and a rainy forecast didn’t deter Achilles athletes from gathering in Vincent Massey Park on Saturday morning, August 16. What brought them together was, at least on the day, more powerful than the allure of physical exercise. For weeks, the ongoing joke among our members has been that Achilles Ottawa is becoming a …

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Gaston’s Marathon Run

This is an article that was published by The Ottawa Citizen about one of our runners and his quest to run the Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon.   For Gaston Bédard, who is both deaf and blind, running in his first marathon in 30 years will be a team effort. The 61-year-old from Aylmer, Que., is …

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