2013 Carlsbad 5000 Masters 1st Place
Dorota Gruca wins again!
October 20, 2013: A cold, dark, rainy morning for the Detroit Marathon and International Half Marathon, Dorota completed 13.1 miles through 2 countries in 1:18:30 to win 1st place Overall. She said after, "I just wanted to run marathon race pace today and I won!"
Dorota Gruca has been a professional distance runner for over twenty years running races all over the world. She grew up in a village in Poland, shared time living in Poland and the U.S. for ten years and has lived and trained in Las Cruces, NM, USA since 2009. 5Ks to marathons, local events to National Championships, the 2005 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics, road races and on the track she has done it all. Dorota won many races along the way and now at age 42 continues to be one of the leading female Masters (age 40+) runners in the world today.
On her 40th birthday in 2010 Dorota won the Zappos.com Las Vegas Rock'N'Roll Marathon, her second marathon win in six weeks after winning the 2010 Poland National Championship. Since then she has won or placed 2nd in the female Masters division, or placed top 2 Overall in over 25 races all over Poland and the United States. Dorota has 2 year Masters win streaks at the Carlsbad 5000, Bloomsday 12K, and Freihofer's Run for Women 5K, and 2nd place Masters at the Peachtree 10K Road Race. She has placed 2nd overall two years in a row at P.F. Chang's Rock'N'Roll Phoenix Half-Marathon improving by 2 minutes in 2013 (1:15:56) over 2012. In 2013 Dorota has added Masters wins at the Crescent City Classic 10K in March and Crim Festival of Races 10 Mile on August 24. In September she added another repeat Masters win at Philadelphia Rock'N'Roll Half Marathon.
In early 2011 Dorota Gruca put a sign in the window of her car saying "Experience the mental, physical, and social benefits of running! Meet Tue and Thu 6pm, Sat 8am at NMSU Track" which attracted runners that has grown to become Las Cruces Running Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting running activities as well as producing running events. Dorota is a Founder and Board member. In 2011 Dorota Gruca became a USA Track and Field Certified Coach and in 2012 a New Mexico Activities Association Coach while beginning her college education at New Mexico State University where she is a Crimson Scholar after her first four semesters. There are no signs of Dorota slowing down in her 40's as she continues to pursue her education and professional running goals. "The marathon is calling me, I want to do this again and qualify for Boston," said Dorota Gruca when asked about her future. As she increases her weekly training miles and improves her racing speed Dorota Gruca continues to win in the classroom and in running events around the world!