Damon Martin

DMartinHead Coach Damon Martin has built the Adams State University cross country and track programs to the absolute premiere level, not only at Division II, but in all of collegiate athletics. Winner of 33 National Coach of the Year awards, Martin is recognized as one of the best coaches in the country, especially with distance runners.

After 26 years in charge of the women’s program and 19 at the helm of the men’s, Martin has coached a total of 30 National Championship teams (17 women’s cross country, 9 men’s cross country, 2 women’s indoor track & field, 1 men’s indoor track & field, 1 men’s outdoor track & field), including a stretch of nine straight women’s cross country titles from 1991-99, another stretch of seven straight women’s titles from 2003-09 and two separate runs of three straight men’s cross country national titles (2008-10 & 2012-14). He has also guided athletes to 986 combined all-America honors and 100 individual national championships while coaching seven national championship relay teams.

Matt Carpenter

Matt CarpenterMatt’s passion for competitive running began in high school when he signed up for the cross country team. Over the next 30 years Matt became one of the premier mountain runners in the United States and was considered by many the best high altitude mountain runner in the world. He has run up and down mountains in Europe, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal and Tibet.

Matt is the record holder of the fastest times for a flat marathon held at altitude – 2:52:57 at 14,350′ and 3:22:25 at 17,060′. In 1993 he set the still standing course records for the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon with times of 2:01:06 and 3:16:39. In 2001 he became the first person to win the Ascent and Marathon on back-to-back days — a feat he repeated in 2007. At the 2005 Leadville Trail 100 mile race he shattered the course record by over 90 minutes to 15:42:59. In 2008 he broke the 31-year-old course record for the Mt Evans Ascent. In his last race, in 2011 at the age of 47, he won the Pikes Peak Marathon for the 6th time in a row bringing his total wins on the mountain to 18 — 6 Ascents and 12 Marathons.

Throughout his career Matt strived to give back to the sport that had taken him so far. He served as the president of the Pikes Peak Road Runners, co-founded the Incline Running Club and managed several races including the Barr Trail Mountain Races on Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run in Manitou Springs. These races raised nearly $100,000 for area high school cross country teams through hugely popular aid station challenges. Matt is now the owner and manager of the Colorado Custard Company in Manitou Springs, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Yvonne, and daughter, Kyla. He has not run less than an hour a day in almost 3 years.

Born to Run

Born to Run – 5280 Magazine, May 2009, Christopher McDougall>

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Long-distance running legend Joe Vigil followed a reclusive tribe of Mexican ultramarathoners into the Rocky Mountains hoping to find the secret of its success—and discovered a way of life. Excerpted from Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall, published by Alfred A. Knopf in May 2009.

Mountain Runners Dominate Colorado Running Hall of Fame

Via Nancy Hobbs, The Examiner:

“Of the five athletes inducted into the 2014 class of the Colorado Running Hall of Fame, three enjoy roots in mountain and trail running. The class was introduced at the Denver Athletic Club on the evening of April 9, by emcee Creigh Kelley, with a special keynote address by Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter.

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2014 Inductees and Frank Shorter

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Shorter’s address focused on the community of running. “We support each other, we really do. Competing is one thing, but when we turn the switch off, we’re friends,” said Shorter.”

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Frank Shorter named keynote speaker at the Colorado Running Hall of Fame at the Denver Athletic Club

Via Athlete Promotions

Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter will be the keynote spacer at the Colorado Running Hall of Fame at the Denver Athletic Club on April 9. The event is being held to induct the 2014 Colorado Running Hall of Fame class of 2014. Shorter is a member of the inaugural Colorado Running Hall of Fame class of 2007. Tickets to the event are $25.

Shorter won the U.S. national cross-country championships four times (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973). He was the U.S. Olympic Trials Champion in both…

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Mountain runner Simon Gutierrez bound for the Colorado Running Hall of Fame

Via Pikes Peak Sports

When Simon Gutierrez considers his running career he doesn’t think of his three wins in the Pikes Peak Ascent, or the seven times he ran as a member of the USA World Mountain Running Championship team. It’s not about his three world championships as a masters mountain runner.

Gutierrez remembers the people who contributed to his success. And he talks about having fun and enjoying the experience.

“I think I’m pretty relaxed about running,” he said. “I’m dedicated to it, but not to where I worry about it all the time. If I have a bad race, I don’t let it affect me. I just move on to the next one. You know I just try to have a lot of fun with it…

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Colorado Running Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

Via Colorado Runner Magazine: Colorado Running Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

The Colorado Running Hall of Fame Selection Committee announces the 2014 inductees into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame: Constantina Diţă, Simon Gutierrez, Anita Ortiz, Rick Trujillo, and Priscilla Welch. The 8th annual induction ceremony and reception will be held on Wednesday, April 9th at the Denver Athletic Club. Olympic running legend Frank Shorter, an inductee in the inaugural 2007 class, will be the keynote speaker. The Colorado Running Hall of Fame recognizes Coloradans for their remarkable achievement and influence on the sport of distance running.

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Running USA: Colorado Running Hall of Fame -Priscilla Welch, Constantina Dita among class that will be inducted in Denver on Wednesday, April 9

Via Running USA: Colorado Running Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

The Colorado Running Hall of Fame Selection Committee announces the 2014 inductees into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame: Constantina Diţă, Simon Gutierrez, Anita Ortiz, Rick Trujillo, and Priscilla Welch. The 8th annual induction ceremony and reception will be held on Wednesday, April 9th at the Denver Athletic Club. Olympic running legend Frank Shorter, an inductee in the inaugural 2007 class, will be the keynote speaker. The Colorado Running Hall of Fame recognizes Coloradans for their remarkable achievement and influence on the sport of distance running.

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Colorado Running Hall of Fame names five for 2014 class

Via The Denver Post/ John Meyer: Colorado Running Hall of Fame names five for 2014 class

“Three mountain runners are included in the eighth class of inductees into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame, which will be honored on April 9 at the Denver Athletic Club.

Simon Gutierrez, Anita Ortiz and Rick Trujillo, who all had outstanding careers in mountain running, will be joined by Constantina Dita, who won the women’s marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Priscilla Welch, who won the New York City Marathon in 1987.”
Read more: Colorado Running Hall of Fame names five for 2014 class – The Denver Post
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