Melanie Smith Assistant Coach

Hi, I’m Coach Melanie and I used to think runners were crazy. I didn’t understand why my daughter, Lexi (Coach, too), wanted to run every day. After several years of making excuses as to why I couldn’t run, I finally gave it a try and joined her.

Shockingly, running wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. New clothes, great company, more snacks and bragging rights. What’s not to love? Plus, the running community is full of phenomenal roll models for our children. It’s a win-win.

I’ve had the pleasure of running races with the WeRock crew for nearly two years and ran my first marathon in May (virtual with WeRock) alongside my oldest and youngest children. What an honor and forever memory.

My favorite race was running the Surf City half marathon with my youngest son, Chuck. While it rained for 8 miles, we did it together and finished strong with a crowd of people handing us snacks and medals. In our family, running is more than a sport; it’s a way to connect, practice perseverance and learn that sweating and working hard can’t kill you. In fact, it makes you better.

For the past eight years, I have worked full-time with athletes with developmental disabilities. This experience continually challenges me to view activities, even running, from different perspectives.

I’m excited to coach with WeRock and look forward to an amazing year.