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November 2020 - Sabra Black

Congratulations to Sabra Black, our November 2020 Volunteer of the Month! Sabra is an active Atlanta Track Club volunteer and member. Not only is she a Run Lead who helps our In-Training participants accomplish their goals, she also takes on a variety of volunteer assignments to help make race days a success. We thank you, Sabra, for your continued and vital support of Atlanta Track Club's mission!

How long have you been volunteering with Atlanta Track Club?

I started in 2016 as a Run Lead for In-Training for Peachtree. I had such a good experience as a participant that I felt I needed to give back and help other participants accomplish their goals. I also had the encouragement from another Run Lead which helped push me out of my comfort zone. However, I didn't stop with just being a Run Lead. I volunteer at several events every year.

Do you have a favorite volunteer assignment?

I don't have a favorite. I have volunteered in positions at Packet Pickup, Start line, Setup/Takedown and Course Monitor, along with being a Run Lead. I believe it takes a village to put on these events and I want to do my part to help make them successful. I'll even volunteer for races that I'm running out of town if it works with my schedule.

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

My favorite memory isn't from a race, but from an In-Training for Peachtree training session. We were close to the end of the training cycle and were doing 3 miles. My participant told me that she told her husband that they were doing 3 miles that day and she said "No problem." She told me that at the beginning, the thought of going 3 miles was impossible. Now, it was "No problem." I love that I helped her obtain that "impossible" goal.

What is your favorite Atlanta Track Club event?

My favorite Atlanta Track Club event is the Resolution Run. My running partner and I have run it for several years now (through all kinds of weather) and it just starts our year off right. A close second is the AJC Peachtree Road Race. I love how the community supports all the runners and walkers. Even with the tough hill, passing the Shepherd Center always brings tears to my eyes, along with the high fives.

Do you do any volunteering in the community beyond Atlanta Track Club?

I'm very active in my church - I am chair of our Worship Committee and play in the Handbell choir among other things. I also serve as President of my sorority's local alumnae association.

What do you do for a living and tell us something interesting about yourself?

I am an accountant and work in the corporate office for a manufacturing company. I've been with the company for over 35 years. I'm an avid reader and have recently gotten back into doing counted cross stitch. I've only been running since 2012. I'd walked several 5k and just decided to try running. I started with completing a Couch to 5k program (with Zombies) and then discovered Jeff Galloway's Run/Walk method. I still continue using the Run/Walk method for all of my races. My current goal is a Half Marathon in every state. So far I have 5 states and Canada.

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

My words of advice for any new volunteer - just do it. Don't feel like you won't make a difference because no matter what job you take, it will help make the event a success.

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!

October 2020 - Nicole Lock

September 2020 - Samantha Andrews

August 2020 - Sue Landa

July 2020 - Taylor James

June 2020 - Chrystal Akor

May 2020 - Tiffany Addison

April 2020 - Courtney Strosnider

March 2020 - David Henry

February 2020 - Jane Burke

January 2020 - Bob Wells

December 2019 - Svetlana Dimova

November 2019 - Megan McGuigan

October 2019 - Jay Hallman

September 2019 - Komlan Tamatekou

August 2019 - Jamie Howard

July 2019 - Barbara Carroll

June 2019 - Larry McDaniel

May 2019 - Tim Parker

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