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January 2019 - LaTashia Hill
Congratulations to our January Volunteer of the Month, LaTashia Hill! Tashia has been volunteeting with Atlanta Track Club since her term as an Ambassador in 2015. Ever since, she has been involved in the Club, volunteering at more than 20 events each year. As a Run Lead and a Pace Lead, she has helped others reach their running goals. LaTashia says the energy of the Club is what brings her back volunteering time and time again.
Do you remember your first time volunteering with Atlanta Track Club?
The first time I volunteered with Atlanta Track Club was as an Ambassador in 2015 to 2016. That led me to volunteering at my very first event, the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K. Being an Ambassador brought many great opportunities. As part of the program, I enjoyed promoting the benefits of Atlanta Track Club membership and events and meeting people along the way. After my tenure concluded, I became more involved with the Club as a Run Lead. It feels great to help others meet and exceed their goals.
What is your favorite Atlanta Track Club event? Why?
My favorite event to run is the Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. In 2015, this event was my very first at the distance. The crowd is so great and supportive along the way with goodies on the route. The previous year I'd run the 5K, and I remember captioning the picture of me with my medal vowing to run the half marathon distance the following year. I ran the half marathon 34 weeks pregnant. This was not only my first half marathon, but my baby's first half marathon as well.
What is one of your best memories from volunteering at any race?
One of the best memories from volunteering was when my mom and I volunteered together at the Wingfoot XC Classic in Cartersville. This was her first time volunteering with Atlanta Track Club. The Club was so welcoming to her and she really enjoyed herself. While driving home, she thanked me for signing her up for it. Now, she too regularly volunteers with the Club.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Atlanta Track Club? What brings you back?
Meeting new people is my favorite thing about volunteering with the Club. The vibe is like no other. It's refreshing. What brings me back is the energy
My favorite volunteer assignment is handing out race packets for the AJC Peachtree Raod Race. I love seeing the excitement on the participant's faces. Whether it's their 20th Peachtree or their first, it is still an exciting moment. I am very excited to see what the 50th AJC Peachtree Road Race brings. It's going to be epic!
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for any new Atlanta Track Club volunteers?
First, thank you to all the new and existing volunteers of Atlanta Track Club. Thank you for giving your time and energy to this great organization. My word of advice would be to always put your best foot forward. It's amazing to see that a small act of kindness can put a huge smile on a participant's face and in their heart.
What organizations do you volunteer with beyond Atlanta Track Club?
Besides volunteering with Atlanta Track Club, I am a volunteer captain for Superbowl XLIII.
What do you do for a living?
I work for one of the largest Group Benefits Disability Insurance Company, Hartford Insurance. I currently work as a Customer Care Analyst. I have been working with the company for almost five years.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
After I finish completing my EMT certification, I plan to become a volunteer firefighter.
Volunteer of the Month Update
Mizuno strives to be Atlanta's essential and reliable running brand, and in 2018 they're making a commitment to YOU, the essential and reliable volunteers who make our 30+ events and programs possible. Beginning in January, they'll provide the Volunteer of the Month with seasonal apparel and discounted footwear to make all those hours spent on your feet more comfortable. We can't wait for next year!
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!