March 19, 2019

Hall of Fame

Making Waves Award

Everything we do, even the slightest thing, can have a ripple effect. When what we do has passion and conviction, the ripples can become waves. Waves can affect everything in their path. We can all start a ripple, become a wave, and travel great distances to touch the most distant of shores. This annual award recognizes and honors those who have made waves by influencing and impacting the OC Marathon or others because of the the OC Marathon.

Class of 2019

Doug Denniston: Long time teacher at Greenville Fundamental in Santa Ana. Coach Doug has had the largest youth program in Kids Run the OC for many years. He regularly has over 300 students. During Doug's time as a coach and teacher at Greenville, more than 3000 children have participated in the KROC final mile.

Tom Wilson : An original board member of the OC Marathon Foundation. Long time member of the OC board of supervisors and has been instrumental in growing the OC Marathon and the Kids Run the OC Foundation to unrepresented levels.

CLASS OF 2018

Al and Cindy Stokke: Original Board Members of the OC Marathon. Instrumental in building the OC Marathon from day one. Al is one of the county's top Criminal Defense attournies and Cindy was once chair of the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

Jean Pasco: Original Board Member of the OC Marathon. Spent many years with LA Times and LA Register. Ran the OC Marathon multiple times and enhanced the event with her support.

CLASS OF 2017

Andrea Casella Kooiman: Co-Founder of WeROCK, one of our long-time charities. Ultra marathon runner. Andrea ran her first marathon at the OC Marathon. She now runs every year, and can be found on the course as the "balloon lady" acting as our course sweeper and making sure no man gets left behind.

Class of 2016

Scott Baugh:

The former chairman of the Orange County Republican Party is one of the founders of OC Marathon and serves on its board. The Huntington Beach resident was instrumental in bringing together community, business and political leaders to create the event.

William "Bill" Scarf:

Scarf's induction was posthumous. He died of cancer in 2014 at 56. Scarff was an enthusiastic OC Marathon supporter and ran every race until he got sick. Scarff, an attorney, worked at Allergan, one of the marathon's past sponsors. He lived in Laguna Niguel.

Steven and Alison Robert- Team Jake:

The Roberts participate in the OC Marathon to honor their son Jake, who was born with cerebral palsy and died in 2006 at age 4, hours after Steven (father) completed the event. Funds go to the Tustin-based OM Foundation, serving children with disabilities. The former Yorba Linda residents live in Texas.

 

Coach Doug Denniston has made a major impact on the lives of thousands of kids through the Kids Run the OC Program. His runners annually express great appreciation for his dedication to the program.

Steve Robert pauses tearfully next to his wife Alison as he remembers his son Jake, who died from cerebral palsy at age four, as the couple is inducted into the Orange County Marathon's Hall of Fame Thursday.

OC Marathon Race Director Gary Kutscher presents an award to founder of the OC Marathon, Scott Baugh