Achilles’ mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem, and lower barriers, a mission Jody fully supports.
Jody, who had just learned to run on her prosthesis the day prior to the event, was nervous, but up to the challenge. “I knew a lot of the participants had done events like this before, so I was just focused on finishing the race. It really helped knowing that everyone else there was going through similar challenges that I was going through.”
Little did Jody know, she would not only be finishing the race, but she would be finishing 3rd in the Women’s BK division!
“It was such a good feeling crossing the finish line, I was so proud of myself for doing what I set out to do!” said Jody.
Although this was Jody’s first time to participate in a race as an amputee, it will not be her last. Jody plans to continue to participate in events that challenge herself and her peers so she can inspire those around her and serve as that life continues after amputation.
Keep up the great work, Jody!