Rachael Gallardo Volunteer Coordinator
Hi to all the wonderful parent volunteers, coaches, and our inspiring student runners! As the aid station coordinator, my goal is to encourage all parents to get involved with our Saturday practice runs and cheer on our runners as they achieve a new milestone every Saturday for the next 7 months. WeROCK is grateful to all of those who volunteer their time, energy and encouraging words. We couldn’t do this without you.
My history with WeROCK
Several years ago, I encouraged my son to join this running program called Students Run LA (SRLA) where I met Coach K as an energetic and passionate parent volunteer with a dream! My son was not thrilled to run a marathon but wanted to be part of something great, so he teamed up with Coach K and provided Saturday bike support to all the student runners including his mom! It was my first marathon. 5 years later, my daughter joined the WeRock team. I volunteered and finished 3 marathons with my daughter. She will forever be known as a Legacy Runner at her middle school. What an accomplishment! Fast forward 3 more years, my daughter moved onto Cross Country in High School, but I continued to volunteer as the aid station coordinator and the (unofficial) Saturday sweeper. This is a wonderful program, and I am grateful to be part of this amazing WeROCK family.
It’s always fun to hear a coach’s race history!
Before WeRock, I was proud to be a short distance runner and formed a small running club at my workplace. We ran during our lunch hour and participated in local 5ks and 10ks. With the support of WeRock and Coach K, I have completed 8 full marathons (and counting) and several 1/2 marathons.
My favorite race that WeROCK will run
My favorite race is the Surf City 1/2 marathon. We are halfway through the training program and the crowd is energetic with the Super Bowl Fever!