As Hope and Possibility quickly approaches, I had the pleasure of interviewing Soo W Lee, a woman who’s participating in this year’s race. Lee is a 31-year old native New Yorker who has Cerebral Palsy and has been involved with Achilles International for a number of years.
How did you get involved with Achilles International?
I started my involvement with Achilles four years ago. I was sick in late 2009, early 2010, and after recovering I wanted to try something different and get involved with something physical. I had heard of Achilles, but I initially didn’t think it was for me. It was only after I started attending training sessions at IWD that I changed my mind, and started becoming more involved.
What’s your favorite part about racing?
My favorite part about racing is the process that’s involved when preparing for the race. The training, getting my body ready for the race.
What separates Hope and Possibility from the other races?
Usually in preparation for a race, there’s focus on previous racing times and improving your time; one of the best aspects of Hope and Possibility is that it’s a race for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of racing experience or you don’t, it’s a great event for everyone involved to come together and see old friends, make new ones, and just have a great time at the race.
Do you have any racing goals for this year’s race?l
I don’t have any specific racing goals for Hope and Possibility. I want to enjoy the race, enjoy the day and just have a great time.
This year’s Hope and Possibility Race is on June 29th at 9am in Central Park.