The inaugural Bolder Boulder was in 1979, with 2,200 finishers. Today there are consistently over 50,000 participants. This race was the first to introduce a wave start and the first to provide race tags and mile splits to participants. It ends at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field, with huge crowds filling the stadium. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the race is that the elite runners are the last wave, allowing for all of the finished participants to witness the winners of the international elite competition.
From the elites to the back of the crowd athletes adorned costumes of wrestlers, superheroes, and gods.
Running is a lifelong sport.
Racers of all ages toed the line, including a 14-year-old who had participated 13 years in a row (in a stroller or on foot).
A race wouldn’t be the same without fans and volunteers. Kudos!
It was a packed stadium.
Most of the athletes hung around to watch and cheer on their fellow participants.
Falling on Memorial Day, the race pays homage to the U.S. troops – those who gave their lives, those who are currently fighting and those who served their country.
The USATF certified 10K course runs through much of central Boulder, ending at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field.
Check out how runners fared on Strava’s Bolder Boulder race community.
It hurts so good.