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May 2019 - Tim Parker

Congratulations to our May Volunteer of the Month, Tim Parker! Tim has been a volunteer with Atlanta Track Club for the past three years. Since then, he's been volunteering with the Club over 20 times a year as well as 10 to 15 other races a year. He describes the energy of these events to be incredible. However, his favorite time of year is the All Comers Track & Field Season where you'll find Tim volunteering throughout the month of May and June.

Do you remember your first time volunteering? What brought you back again?

I think my first time volunteering was at the Decatur Dekalb 4 Miler. I had been considering volunteering for a while and just never got around to it, but I met another Atlanta Track Club volunteer at a technology conference in Monterrey, California, of all places. After that I signed up, and it was great fun. I was really appreciated by all the runners, from first to last.

What is your favorite Atlanta Track Club event? Why?
Do you have a favorite volunteer assignment?

All Comers Track & Field Meets are my favorite. I don't know of another event where you can see five year-olds run and jump for fun and challenge, a close race with four minute miles, and Ms. Betty set a world record all in the same night. The Wingfoot XC Classic would be a close second.

What is one of your best memories from volunteering at any race?

I handed out medals at a half-marathon in August and it was impressive to see the lead runners come in so fast in the heat; but, it was clearly a huge personal challenge for many of the later participants, and being able to see them finish and hand them a medal and a bit of assistance if needed was an amazing experience.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Atlanta Track Club? What brings you back?

I really believe that exercise and improving fitness is one of the best ways to improve lives and well being, and walking to running is one of the most accessible ways to do that. For most runners, the Club and other races are the main events driving their fitness goals for the year, or are a great way to have fun in a big group run. Either way, I have fun helping them keep safe and have fun.

Cone Crew. It's a really important part of any race. We usually end up near the start to cheer the runners off, and it's a really great workout!

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Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for any new Atlanta Track Club volunteers?

Stay safe and have fun helping the runners stay safe and have fun! Also, make sure you know the locations of the restrooms, the start, and the finish, as well as what time the race starts. As soon as you put on the volunteer vest, one of your job assignments is "Ask Me" no matter what your main assignment is.

What organizations do you volunteer with beyond Atlanta Track Club?

I volunteer for runningnerds and Run Social Atlanta events, as well as the Girls on the Run 5Ks.

Runningnerds is an organization I'm involved with because they are a great group obsessed with running and having fun with it. Girls on the Run encourages fitness from a young age. Dedicating time to that is one of the best things any of us can do.

What do you do for a living?

I'm a Principal Research Scientist at Georgia Tech in the area of organic electronic materials, but being a professional volunteer would be nice!

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I've lived in a lot of the regions of the country: the midwest, southern California, the desert southwest, the pacific northwest, and now Atlanta. This is a great city with amazing and in all ways diverse people, and Atlantans should really be proud of that.

Volunteer of the Month Update

Volunteer of the Month

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Previous Volunteers of the Month

"Volunteer of the Month" began in March of 2015 with the launch of our new website as a way to honor and recognize our amazing Atlanta Track Club volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month and thank you for all that you do!

April 2019 - Deborah Wright

March 2019 - Shannon Parris

February 2019 - Lisa Obser

January 2019 - LaTashia Hill

December 2018 - Roberta McQuade

November 2018 - Susan Jones

October 2018 - Sylvia Chambless

September 2018 - Cartersville High School Wrestling Team

August 2018 - Cindy Patton

July 2018 - Dan and Mary Reed

June 2018 - James Bryant

May 2018 - Tomica Holmes

April 2018 - Linda Bode Phinney

March 2018 - Jess and Walter Kolis

?February 2018 - Marylyn Sabol

January 2018 - Jennifer Grunbaum

December 2017 - Carol Dell

November 2017 -Nisa Sommers

October 2017 - Susan Porteous

September 2017 - Carol Gsell

August 2017 - Sandra Smith

July 2017 - Bill Royston

June 2017 - Shirlene Stafford

May 2017 - Lacey Phillips

April 2017 - Craig Sprinkle

March 2017 - Mike Cook

February 2017 - Virginia Harris

January 2017 - Bill and Dana Zavatky

December 2016 - Dr. Robert Albin

November 2016 - Kathryn Welden

October 2016 - Bill Strickland

September 2016 - Ann Bentsen

August 2016 - Dinnie Rogers

July 2016 - Betsey Kidwell

June 2016 - Diana Watson

May 2016 - Eileen Fannon

April 2016 - Roosevelt Thomas and Thomas Baker

March 2016 - Mike Idacavage

February 2016 - Dennis Burgess

January 2016 - TJ Hadley

December 2015 - Cee Cee and PJ Johnson

November 2015 - Sheila Ball

October 2015 - Alta Urtarte

September 2015 - Gary Hosmer

August 2015 - Joseph and Patricia Scruggs

July 2015 - Mike Toulouza

June 2015 - John Wallace

May 2015 - Amy Malcom

April 2015 - Sherri Madore

March 2015 - Vanessa Bennett