Juan Carlos Trujillo
42k: 2:14:21 Chicago Marathon, 2014
21k: 1:03:11 Duluth Half, 2014
10k: 28:15 Payton Jordan Invite, 2012
5k : 13:46 Corvallis 2009
awards and honors
5 time state champion, Idaho, Track and Field
University of Oregon T&F Most Improved Runner
PAC-10 Championship team ('06, '07) XC
PAC-10 Championship team ('06, '07, '08) T&F
PAC-10 Individual Champion 10K ('08)
NCAA D1 National Champion Team ('06, '07) XC
2009 Runner-up, USATF Trail Championships
2009 Chiba Ekiden Relay US team member
2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials
2013 Boston Marathon, 18th place
2013 IAAF World Championships, 42k, USA, 34th
2013 Fukuoka Marathon, 11th
2014 Chicago Marathon, 14th
2015 USATF 42k Championships, 10th
2015 Guatemala National Championships, 5/10k
2016 Olympic Marathon, 2016, GUA, 66th
Every person has a beginning step, but runners are always asked for a beginning story.
I started running just like most kids--chasing after a soccer ball whilst announcing my every move like I had a camera on me. Soccer was first in my life for many years. In fact, when I went to the University of Oregon, I wanted to get on the soccer club and had no interest in running on the varsity team. While I definitely put my best into running Track and Field and Cross Country in high school, I didn't have plans to be a professional runner. Even a handful of state track titles wasn't sending top program recruiters out to rural Idaho to entice me into it.
However, I focused in on running during my sophomore year in college after the UO soccer club grew stale and I was invited to the running club. My skills were nourished by the running club coach, there, the legendary Tom Heinonen. He, along with many other great people in the University of Oregon running community, helped me to flourish and to become a consistent contributor on the UO varsity track and cross-country teams.
I've always tried to achieve excellence in whatever is set before me, instead of waiting for the future to make itself. I'm so grateful for those who have encouraged me along the way. As I've transitioned into a professional athlete and coach, I still enjoy the beauty of running every day and am passionate about sharing running with others. Thank you to everyone who has helped me to find my calling.
INTERESTED IN JOINING AN ELITE TEAM?
I train with an elite athletics team in Colorado Springs, CO (Olympic City, USA). Please contact me if you would like to know more about running with us or want to know more about the professional running scene.