“I really admire that these kids are out here and doing it,” said Pham, a 5K runner for the UCI track team. “I don’t think I would do it if I were their age. They are really motivated for their age. They are fun to work with.”
Rex Nelson, a former Newport Harbor High standout now on the UCI track and cross country teams, wanted to help too. But his class schedules conflicted with the training times at Eastbluff. But Nelson figured out a different way to help. He’ll be a pace runner for races on Sunday.
“I thought it would be fun because track and field doesn’t get that much attention,” Nelson said. “I think maybe I could have them love running as much as I do. Running is very healthy for kids. I also just wanted to let them know that running is a cool thing to do.”