Two short years ago I started a low-cost youth running program for the Whittier area. I hoped to develop strong, tenacious runners who might someday compete against the best in the region and the country, but I knew this would be a process that would take time.
Imagine my pride and excitement when, two short years later, four young Whittier runners qualified for the USATF Regional Championships. As if that weren't enough, today was a momentous day for the Whittier community, our kids, and our team! Those four kids, ages 8-12, ran the races of their lives at the regional championships, and all four managed to qualify to run against the very best youth runners in the country at the USATF National Cross Country Championships in Madison, Wisconsin!
This is a tremendous success for our young program and goes far beyond anything we had expected to achieve by this point, but it is also a big financial hardship for our families at a time of year where funds can already start to feel pretty tight. We don't want any kid to miss out on this opportunity and experience, and we need to raise the money quickly. Please consider donating (no amount too small!) and sharing to help all of our qualifying kids get to Nationals! Note: All funds received will pay to cover the costs only for the kids, not a coach or parent. This is about giving them an amazing opportunity they have earned!
In 2 short years Warriors program has grown from 11 kids to 42 kids and growing more each season! We also have some amazing success stories as well!!! Two of our Warrior running that went on to High School have already not only have qualified to run varsity as Freshman but gone on to beat every runners in their leagues!!! This XC season alone both the Girls XC Del Rey and the Girls XC Suburban League Varsity Champions (best runner in the entire league for all grades) ran for our program. They are "Warriors for Life" and they have truly run like champions!!! Congrats to Emma Arrendondo (9th) and Natalia Zuniga (10th) for each of their league championships!!! Once a Warrior Always a Warrior!!!