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Sports / Recreation

18th annual Cinco-Cinco set for Saturday

April 29, 2011

The popular 5K race/walk, held in honor of the late Gil Gutierrez, has provided scholarship dollars that have helped more than 50 CSU students.

Runners take off at the start of the 2010 Cinco-Cinco 5K Run/Walk on the historic CSU Oval.The 18th annual Cinco-Cinco 5K Run/Walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on the historic CSU Oval.

The Cinco-Cinco is part of Fort Collins’ annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Proceeds from the event provide money for scholarships for deserving CSU students.

The event is held in memory of Gil Gutierrez, a former ombudsman at CSU who was killed by a drunk driver while jogging in 1993.

“The effect that Gil’s life had on all of us was profound,” said Varo Maldonado, a retired CSU employee and former running partner with Gutierrez. “He was a very caring person and was concerned about the welfare of others. That’s the motivation to keep his memory alive.”

Maldonado is one of three members of the original committee still working to keep the race going. Last year, more than 400 runners and walkers participated – the largest field in the event’s history.

Event raises money for scholarships

More importantly, more than 50 CSU students have benefitted from scholarship money raised by the event. Last year, the committee awarded seven $1,000 scholarships, and the goal is to meet or beat that total this year.

The race itself is run on a certified 5K course, and it serves as a qualifier for the upcoming Bolder Boulder. The race starts on the Oval, winds around campus and finishes near the water plaza by the Engineering building. Walkers are encouraged to participate, and dogs are allowed.

The family-friendly race includes a free kids’ fun run around the Oval starts when the 5K is completed.

Lots of fun, prizes

The race is sponsored by various campus and community organizations. Prizes are given to the top finishers and to the top three in each age group. All entrants are eligible to win a variety of prizes in a post-race drawing.

Entry fee is $19 for adults, $17 for students and those age 65 and older. CSU students living on campus can register for $15, and individuals who are part of teams with three or more runners are $15. Add $3 to each fee for race-day registration.

Register at the CSU Student Rec Center Service Desk, CSU Health Network Satellite at the Lory Student Center, Foot of the Rockies or Runner’s Roost. You can also register online. Early registration closes Thursday.

For more information about the race or how to donate to the scholarship fund, contact Kelly Kimple at 491-5506 or by e-mail at

Contact: Tony Phifer
Phone: 491-7712