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.”
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Anita Ortiz

Anita Ortiz started racing at age 36, building her career in Mountain Running, Ultra Running and

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snowshoe racing, competing in over 200 races and breaking 55 records in just nine years.  She has competed on the U.S. Mountain Running team five times, placing highest U.S. finisher four times. She was the Mountain Running National Champion in 2002 and 2003 as well as the Masters Mountain Running World Champion in 2004.  She’s won the Pikes Peak Ascent three times, setting and holding the record time for five years in 2002 in 2:44:33.  Ortiz was also the National Snowshoe Champion in 2002 and runner-up in 2004.  She was named the USATF Female Mountain Runner of the Year in both 2002 and 2003 and the USATF Female Masters Mountain Runner of the Year in 2004.  A kindergarten teacher and mother of four, Anita is still active in the racing community, serving as Board member for the All American Trail Running Association, the United States Snowshoe Association, and coaching elementary students on the Eagle Valley Elementary Running Team.

 

2014 Colorado Running Hall of Fame:

Constantina Diţă

Simon Gutierrez

Anita Ortiz

Rick Trujillo

Priscilla Welch