Andrea Kooiman Co-Founder | Executive Director | DJAMS Head Coach

Hi, I’m Coach K and I LOVE to run!  I have completed more than 100 marathons and more than 50 ultramarathons. Running has taken me to some of the most beautiful mountains and deserts in the United States as well as other countries. I am excited to share my passion with all of you!

My history with WeROCK

I am one of the founders of WeROCK and have been coaching for more than 17 years.  My coaching journey began when my son, a 6th grader at the time, wanted to run a marathon with me. Little did I know that my passion for running and his interest to challenge himself would turn into this program.  I am currently the Executive Director of WeROCK as well as Head Coach at DJAMS.

It’s always fun to hear a coach’s race history!

I have run over 100 marathon/ultra races.  Some of my race accomplishments include the Boston Marathon, LA Marathon, Chicago Marathon, the Grand Slam of Ultra (running the 4 oldest trail 100’s within an 11 week period of time), Badwater 135 3x, HURT 100 and the Mt. Gaoligong Ultra in China. Although my favorite place to run is on trail, the fact is, anytime I have the opportunity to lace up my shoes and run outside, I feel lucky.

Favorite WeROCK Event

It’s so difficult to choose a favorite because each race is so fun and unique.  However, I would have to say that the OC Marathon is the day that I look forward to the most.  It was my first Marathon back in 2006 and now years later, I get to witness as hundreds of kids experience the same feeling of victory as they cross over that glorious finish line!  Months of hard work and determination have paid!  It’s a great day!