Gilbert J. Gutierrez was born on May 14, 1950 in the small town of Cuba, New Mexico. He was a high school track and basketball star. He attended the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico) from 1969-1973 where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Portuguese. While attending UNM, he was a founding member of United Mexican American Students (UMAS).
He obtained his Masters in Educational Administration from Antioch University and in 1973 and went to work for Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. He was the Associate Director for the Upward Bound program where he worked with disadvantaged youth and later worked in Special Services. In 1983, he worked as Director of Special Services for Front Range Community College. He was involved as a volunteer with Su Teatro.
Gil was the Ombudsman at Colorado State University from 1990 to August 1993 where he worked tirelessly to assist students, faculty, and staff to resolve conflict in a non-threatening and supportive manner. Issues which were very important to him included youth involvement, leadership, and mentorship. Gil enjoyed playing the guitar and singing, wood working like whittling and carpentry, and outdoors activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing. He loved the Denver Broncos! Gil was also an accomplished runner often placing in the top three in the Master’s division of regional running races.
In the early morning of August 2, 1993 while Gil was jogging on a pathway near his home in Laporte, CO, he was hit by a drunk driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel and subsequently swerved off the road. Gil died of his injuries four days later.
As a way to honor Gil and to encourage young people to make better decisions, a group of Gil’s friends came together and established the Cinco-Cinco 5K Run/Walk and Children's Fun Run to support a scholarship in Gil's name. The first event was held in May 1994 and continued for 23 years during which time a scholarship in Gil’s name was endowed. This Gil Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship has provided financial support for 115 CSU students for a total of nearly $100,000.
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Varo Maldonado, Dave Alciatore, Gil Gutierrez
The Cinco-Cinco 5K Run/Walk and Children's Fun Run continued for 23 years through May 2016. Everyone who worked on the planning of Cinco-Cinco 5K was a volunteer. The core group of about 8 people established the parameters of the event and provided guidance assisting with fundraising and marketing, and other race-related duties.
Approximately 50 additional people volunteered race day as registration workers and course marshals who also encouraged participants along the course, staffed water and refreshment tables, provided finish line assistance, and educated participants and spectators to "driving sober".
2015 Cinco-Cinco Committee