Events: Trail running, road racing, cross country
Weight: 124 lbs.
PRs: 5 km: 14:21, 10 km: 29:17, HMar: 1:03:47, Mar: 2:18:36
Born: March 13, 1966
Current Residence: Albuquerque, NM; trains in Alamosa, CO
Sponsor: Teva, 180s, Sporthill
Simon was an automatic qualifier in 2002 for the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team based on his victory at the Mt. Washington road race where he finished fourth in 1999 and third in 1998 and he confirmed his mountain team competitiveness by winning the Vail Hill Climb. In 2003, he placed fifth overall at the 2003 North American Snowshoe championships and won the 2003 Teva Spring Run Off in Vail, Colorado to earn a berth on the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team to compete at the World Mountain Trophy race in Girdwood, Alaska in September. A versatile athlete, Gutierrez has also been a member of the USA National Cross Country team three times and was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon. He is a four-time winner of the La Luz mountain race New Mexico. In 2000 and 2001, he finished second overall in the Swedish Grand prix circuit. Gutierrez is a mountain representative to the USATF Mountain, Ultra, and Trail Running Council.
In their own words...
Running achievement I am most proud of: My longevity in the sport and how much I still enjoy each day.
Why I run: Being outdoors, experiencing nature, feeling ALIVE and to see just how fast I can run!
Future Goals: This year is the year I am doing all of the "little things necessary to race to my potential in all mountain competitions. A top-10 finish at the World Mountain Running Trophy. Turning 40 next year, I plan on setting my PRs at 5 km, 10 km, and marathon distances.
Favorite quote: "Train dont Strain."
Additional comments/thoughts: As a physical therapist and runner, I plan to combine my distance running experiences and clinical knowledge in order to begin coaching at a private or NCAA level.