Our Mission

We Run Orange County’s Kids is a nonprofit, public-service corporation that provides after-school intervention programs for Middle and High School students in the Orange County, California area.

Based on the idea that life is like a Marathon, the mission of We ROCK is to teach our community’s teenagers the important life skills of goal setting, self-reliance, discipline and self-confidence through the design and delivery of instructional programs focused on the proper training for, and completion of, a marathon.

Our Vision

As an organization, We Run Orange County’s Kids is committed to providing:
  • Education and ongoing exposure to the most up to date health, nutrition and physical fitness information available via the latest in medical research.
  • Training for our runners, staff and volunteers to ensure that our participants carry these life lessons with them into, and throughout, adulthood.
  • Support for our teams by involving the families and community members of the participants in the training, mentoring and motivation of our runners.
  • Encouragement to empower Orange County’s youth to accomplish goals well beyond the scope of a 26.2 mile run.

from the blog

We ROCK: A program that trains kids for marathons, teaches life lessons

June 12, 2015

If you have seen our colorful shirts around the OC and wondered who we are and what we do? There is no better explanation than to hear it from a few We ROCK alumni interviewed …read more

OC Register Interviews Coach K about taking on Badwater for We ROCK

June 12, 2015

As the 2015 Badwater race approaches Check out Coach K’s Badwater OC Register Interview! “The power of continually putting one foot in front of the other is an exercise in discipline and courage, Kooiman said, a …read more

Peter’s Canyon Summer Trail Series 2/3

June 12, 2015

Don’t miss out on this amazingly fun trail race series with a post event BBQ! Register for race 2/3! Get out and hit those hills! Event hashtags: #SummerTrailRun #RenegadeRace #WeRock