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"Our boys need role models now more than ever. I believe we can teach boys what it means to be heart-strong, mind-strong, and body-strong. When boys know how much strength they have in so many different ways they will become proud of themselves and their sense of self-respect will carry them through life. It's not rocket science, boys just want someone to follow. I believe in all kids and will do everything I can to help them achieve their dreams and goals. In Young Tritons, I was able to see my boys unleash their minds and see how much they can do...and I love 'The Finish Line is Just The Beginning' because it really is! My boys have so much confidence now and belong to something". 

- Coach Darren McDonald, principal El Toro Elementary



"I kept my team together almost every time we ran.  This was important

because this is what it meant to be a team, a concept none of them

understood and the most important vehicle to teach them about heart and mind

strength.  Built into that was the understanding of body strength as

endurance, not just speed.  It took five weeks for them to become a team.

Five weeks and a lot of push-ups. In week 6 we became a team and they were

supporting and communicating with one another as a team.  So on race day, we

ran as a team. We ran as one team for the entire 5k.  And we finished as a

team, all at once.  And this was beautiful and inspiring."

- Coach Ben, teacher 

Young Triton’s makes us UNSTOPPABLE because it has been a powerful force on campus and in the community. From having Camp Pendleton Marines coaching, a couple from the neighborhood coaching and mentoring, an anonymous running shoe donation for the teams,  and having actively involved parents our teams have motivated and inspired our boys and the community to reach new limits! The boys are full of spirit and SO excited about practices, their races, and getting to know each other. They walk around school with their heads held high, share their passion for running with others and are truly UNSTOPPABLE!

-Coach Meredith, teacher and mom


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