Colorado Masters Runners, De Reuck and Gutierrez Honored as the Year’s Best

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At the Annual Awards Breakfast, Saturday December 5th at the 2009 USA Track & Field Annual Meeting, award winners were announced for their achievements on and off the track.

Among those were Colorado’s Colleen De Reuck, named the Master’s Athlete of the Year and Simon Gutierrez as Cross Country Masters Harrier of the Year .

“It is great that master runners get recognized for their achievements. It is an honor to receive this award, I am very excited and thrilled.” Colleen De Reuck

At 45 years old, Colleen De Reuck is the oldest woman ever to win a major U.S. championship, having won the 2009 U.S. 20 km Championships by a margin of 17 seconds. De Reuck took control before the halfway point of the race to win the women’s crown in 1 hour 07 minutes 21 seconds.

At the Boston Marathon this year, not only was De Reuck in contention throughout the entire race, she took the lead on three separate occasions. She was crowned the masters winner and finished an astounding eighth overall, covering the course in 2:37:57.

De Reuck’s other top performances in 2009 includes finishing second overall in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in 2:32:37. The race also played host to the USA Masters Marathon Championships, which saw De Reuck win the W45 age group, and the USA Women’s Marathon Championships, in which she finished as the runner-up. De Reuck also won the masters division at the Falmouth Road Race and finished fifth overall.

As well as dominating the mountain running circuit, last year in December, Gutierrez won at the Team Cross Country Champs in Spokane, WA under brutally cold conditions. In addition to that, took the title in the Masters race at the 2009 USA Cross Country Championships in February. This year, he will return with Team Fleet Feet Boulder to Lexington, Kentucky to see if can capture the title again and lead the team towards another podium finish.

A great interview with Simon earlier this year at Younger Legs for Older Runners :

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