Ed Arpawong Assistant Coach

I started running in 2007 and this happened: I dropped 20 pounds, knees and feet pain disappeared, hot weather didn’t bother me anymore, and my cholesterol profile greatly improved. It was one of the best things I’ve started and I think everybody 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 the kids encouraging each other. They say “good job!” as they come across each other, cheer teammates as they cross finish lines, and faster runners often go back and run alongside teammates who have not finished yet. Kids from different grades and different schools all help each other. I believe WeROCK participants 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 second-year WeROCKer.

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

Each year, a small group of us have a tradition together running the half-marathons at Long Beach, Surf City, OC, and Laguna Hills. I’ve run over 40 half-marathons and earned my name on a plaque in Long Beach as a 10-year participant.

Favorite WeRock Race

They’re all exciting! If I had to pick a race, the OC because it’s the culmination of about a hundred kids’ hard work in running over 500 training miles. The race starts very early when it’s still pitch black. The kids do their usual morning warm-up run and stretches, like they’ve done all season long, but it’s different. They walk to the starting line of the full 26.2-mile marathon. When they finish, there’s nothing as amazing, fulfilling, and heartwarming as seeing them each come in!