Our Mission

At South Fulton Running Partners, our mission is to inspire and empower individuals to live a healthy and active lifestyle through running. We believe that running is not only a physical activity but also a way to build mental strength and foster a sense of community. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive space where runners can come together, support each other, and achieve their personal best.

Explore South Fulton’s Scenic Routes

South Fulton is home to some of the most breathtaking running trails and routes in the region. From lush green parks to scenic waterfront paths, there’s a route for every runner’s preference. Lace up your shoes and get ready to take in the beauty of nature while breaking a sweat. Join us on our regular running sessions as we explore the best routes that South Fulton has to offer.

Experienced Coaches and Mentors

Our team of experienced coaches and mentors is dedicated to helping you achieve your running goals. Whether you’re aiming to complete your first 5K, improve your race time, or train for a marathon, our experts will provide you with the guidance and support you need. They’ll share their wealth of knowledge, offer personalized training plans, and motivate you every step of the way. Get ready to crush those running goals!

Fun Social Events

Running is not just about the physical activity; it’s also about creating lasting friendships and enjoying the journey together. That’s why we organize fun social events for our members to connect and unwind. From post-run brunches to themed costume runs, we make sure that every run is an opportunity to build camaraderie and make memories. Join us for our next event and let’s have a blast while running!

Access to Exclusive Gear and Discounts

As a member of South Fulton Running Partners, you’ll have access to exclusive gear and discounts from our partner brands and retailers. From high-performance running shoes to stylish activewear, we’ve got you covered. Our partnerships enable us to provide our members with quality products at discounted prices, ensuring that you have everything you need to perform your best and look great while doing it.

Executive Board

Meet our executive team!

General Coordinator: Janelle Alexander, member since 2017

From: Boston Massachusetts the birthplace of musical legends like New Edition and New Kids on the Block!

Favorite race: The Allstate 13.1 holds a special place in my heart – it was where I discovered the love of running and began my running life with Black Girls Run. Allstate was one of my first half marathons and brings back fantastic memories. 

Hobbies: You’ll likely find me outdoors. I’m a big fan of swimming and anything that gets me moving under the sun. Recently, I’ve been diving into the fascinating world of cricket (thanks to my new cricket machine!). I also love getting my hands dirty planting flowers in my ever-growing hydrangea garden and orchards.

What do you eat before you run? What gets me moving, I don’t need any fuel beforehand, but for those epic runs over 8 miles, you better believe I reward myself with a delicious Egg McMuffin!

Assistant General Coordinator: Chris Milton, member since 2013

From: Atlanta, GA

Favorite race:  SweetH20 Sweetheart Half Marathon 

Hobbies:   Reading and volunteering. 

What do you eat before you run?  Cream of wheat with nuts and blueberries.

Treasurer: Shannon Golden, member since 2011

From: Savannah, Georgia

Favorite race? Selma to Montogomery race. In 2023, I ran the first leg and the final leg to secure the SFRP team’s epic second-place finish. I love to run any 5K-marathon distances.   

Hobbies: I enjoy many different activities but reading, other athletic ventures, and finding the best margarita stand out the most.

What do you eat before you run? For the usual Saturday club runs up to 15K races, I do not eat anything. For Half marathons and Marathon races, I will occasionally eat fruit and continue to hydrate.

Membership Coordinator: Jill Perry Croom, member since 2009

From: Pennsylvania

Favorite distance to run? 10k/6 miles

Hobbies: Exploring different restaurants around Atlanta and the world, hanging with family and dog, fashion.

What do you eat before you run? Water and energy drink.

Secretary: Felicia LeRay Turk, member since 2015

From: Felicia was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i, on the island of O’ahu, which is also known as “The Gathering Place.” She spent most of her youth in New York State, attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996.

Favorite Race: Her favorite race was the ING Georgia Marathon in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 30, 2008. Now, she prefers to run shorter distances.

Hobbies: When she is not spending time with the SFRP, Felicia enjoys traveling domestically and abroad, watching Oscar-worthy movies, swimming, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Assistant Secretary: Janita Poe, member since 2005.

From: Former Air Force brat mostly raised in Atlanta.

Favorite Race: Ironman Chattanooga 2016

Hobbies: Cooking, visiting adopted family in France and other travel, Sporcle trivia showdowns.

What do you eat before you run?  Water, coffee with creamer, peanut butter and wheat bread or oatmeal and banana.

Chaplain: Charles Ross, member since 2017

From: His birth state is Virginia via of Phoenix, Arizona to Atlanta, Georgia area which he now proclaims as home.

Favorite Race: 2019 Peachtree Road Race. It was one year after he had been diagnosed and treated for cancer a second time. He admits to three dreaded words you never want to hear your doctor say “you have cancer”. There has been a divine intervention for him in his life and he’s so grateful. He says that good health is his TOTAL WEALTH…without it, nothing else matters and he would absolutely have nothing.

Hobbies: Wood working, making epoxy projects, kayaking, ocean fishing, bicycling and of course running with the SFRP’s. He absolutely loves retirement.

What do you eat before you run? On the day or night before any run or distance walks, usually he tries to load up on pasta because of its carbohydrates. It provides a slow release of energy that allows him to walk or run longer distances.

Parliamentarian: Michael Ibidapo. member since 2009.

From: Born in Nigeria, west Africa but have lived in Atlanta since 1988.

Favorite Race: The Race.

Hobbies: Watching good movies.

What do you eat before you run? Usually don’t eat before a run. I might need to change that.

Beginners Friendly

Don’t worry if you’re new to running or haven’t been active for a while. Our running club welcomes beginners with open arms. Our experienced coaches will guide you through the basics and help you build your running stamina at a pace that suits you. With a supportive community of fellow beginners, you’ll be motivated and inspired every step of the way. Let’s start this running journey together!

Regular Group Runs

Looking for running buddies? Join us for our regular group runs and meet like-minded individuals who share your love for running. Whether it’s a social jog, tempo run, or interval training, our group runs cater to different running levels and preferences. You’ll never have to run alone again, as you’ll always have a supportive team cheering you on. Let’s lace up and hit the trails together!

Personalized Training Plans

Ready to take your running to the next level? Our coaches will design personalized training plans tailored to your goals and abilities. Whether you’re aiming for a specific race or simply want to improve your overall fitness, our customized plans will help you get there. With a structured training program and expert guidance, you’ll maximize your potential and unleash your inner champion.

Membership Benefits

Become a member of South Fulton Running Partners and unlock a whole range of benefits. From priority race registrations to exclusive event invitations, you’ll be part of an amazing community that supports your running journey. We also offer discounts on running gear, access to educational workshops, and opportunities to connect with fellow running enthusiasts. Take your running experience to the next level with our membership benefits.

Welcome to South Fulton Running Partners!

At South Fulton Running Partners, we believe in the power of running. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or just starting your fitness journey, our club is here to support you every step of the way. Join us and discover a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for running and a healthy lifestyle.

Discover the Benefits of Joining SFRP

Personalized Training Plans

Our experienced coaches will create tailored training plans based on your goals and fitness level. Whether you’re training for a marathon or just trying to improve your pace, our personalized approach will help you achieve your objectives.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Train in style at our modern facilities equipped with the latest running equipment and technology. From treadmills with virtual race simulations to indoor tracks, our facilities are designed to optimize your training experience.

Community Support

Running is better together. Join our community of passionate runners who will motivate and inspire you every step of the way. Whether it’s sharing training tips, organizing group runs, or cheering each other at races, you’ll find endless support within our tight-knit community.

Social Events and Workshops

We believe that running should be fun! That’s why we organize regular social events and workshops where you can connect with other members and learn from industry experts. From themed fun runs to nutrition workshops, there’s always something exciting happening at South Fulton Running Partners.

Expert Coaching Staff

Our team of experienced running coaches will provide you with expert guidance and support on your fitness journey. Whether you need advice on proper running form, injury prevention, or race strategy, our coaches are here to help you reach your full potential.

Race Day Support

When it’s time to put your training to the test, we’ll be there to cheer you on. From local 5Ks to marathons, our club will provide race day support, including pre-race warm-ups, organized transportation, and post-race celebrations. You’ll never run alone with South Fulton Running Partners.

Exclusive Discounts

As a member, you’ll enjoy exclusive discounts on running gear, apparel, and accessories from our partner brands. From top-of-the-line running shoes to high-performance clothing, we’ve got you covered with the best deals in town.

Online Community Platform

Stay connected with fellow runners through our online community platform. Share your training progress, seek advice, and participate in challenges to keep yourself motivated. The South Fulton Running Partners community is here to offer support and encouragement whenever you need it.