Trina Carpenter Assistant Coach

I am Coach Trina!! This is my second year as an assistant coach for DJAMS. I say that I got jumped into WeRock in the summer of 2018. I was attending a summer race for my daughter and heard they were looking for another coach to join the DJAMS team. I asked more about the opportunity and was invited to join a summer running group that was training for the Long Beach 1⁄2 Marathon. I went and ran with the group and never left. Before this I was a bike rider and had no real experience running beyond a few 5Ks. In fact, I never considered myself a runner before and over the last year have grown to love the sport. It has been amazing to watch these kids grow and achieve potential they never knew they had in them. Being a second grade teacher I have loved working with kids in a different capacity outside of the regular classroom. This program is so much more than a running program it helps teach valuable life skills.

What is my history?

I had heard about WeRock when my daughter was in second grade. We ran into Coach K at the OC Kids Marathon and she told us more about it. So when my daughter started sixth grade I made sure to sign her up. I was so impressed with the program and how it helped my daughter. I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to join. I started off running 1 mile like all the kids and then worked my way up in miles. In the 2018- 2019 season I ran all of the WeRock races. This past summer I had the privilege of helping coach the summer trail running program. I am excited to be back for my second year.

What is my favorite race?

My favorite race is the Surf City 5K which was the first race that I ran with WeRock. Running at the beach is the best location for any race. It has been amazing to see the kids grow as runners from this race ending with the OC Marathon.