Ed Arpawong Assistant Coach

I started running in 2007 and some things happened: I dropped 20 pounds, the pain in my knees and feet disappeared, hot weather didn’t bother me anymore, and my cholesterol profile greatly improved. It was one of the best things I’ve picked up and I think everybody who can should be running too!

My history with WeROCK

My two older kids were both 3-year WeROCKers and now run Cross Country and Track at ANHS. Training to run marathons is not easy and one of my favorite things to see in WeROCK is to see how kids are taught to encourage each other. They encourage each other while running, cheer teammates as they finish races, and sometimes the faster runners will even go back and help other teammates finish their runs. Kids from different grades and different schools all help each other. I believe WeROCKers will be able to run for the rest of their lives to be fit, learn important social skills, and be part of the healthy running community. My youngest son is now a first-year WeROCKer!

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

Each year, my wife, her sister, and my brother-in-law have our tradition to run the half-marathons at Long Beach, Surf City, OC, and Laguna Hills. By the end of 2019, I will have run 38 half-marathons, but no full marathons… yet! In a few years, a few friends and I will reach a half-century mark and plan to meet in Europe and run a full marathon.

Favorite WeRock Race

They’re all good! The first race of the season is always exciting. Same with the first half-marathon. If I had to pick a race, my favorite is the OC. It’s the culmination of all the kids’ hard work and about a hundred kids finish a full marathon. The day starts with an extra-early wake-up to meeting near the start line when it’s still pitch black. The kids do the usual morning warm-up run and stretches, like they’ve done all season long, but it’s different. When they’re are all warmed up, they walk to the starting line of a full 26.2-mile marathon. There’s nothing as amazing as seeing them all come in!