The BolderBOULDER celebrates its 39th year this Memorial Day weekend. Here’s how you can join the racing fun and honor America’s fallen heroes.
Organizers of the BolderBOULDER estimate that over the past 39 years, a total of nearly 1.2 million people have gathered on Memorial Day weekend to either participate in the 10K race or cheer others on along the famed course through the streets of Boulder, Colorado.
This year, the famous race is expected to draw another 50,000 runners, joggers, and walkers, as well as 100,000 spectators, keeping its place as the third-largest running race in the nation and the seventh-largest worldwide. And with its impressive Memorial Day Tribute concluding the festivities at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field on Monday, May 28, at noon, the BolderBOULDER also claims to be the biggest Memorial Day celebration in the world!
Here’s the lowdown:
On Saturday and Sunday, May 26–27, the BolderBOULDER will host its two-day SportsEXHIBIT on the Pearl Street Mall, where you can learn about fitness trends, visit sports-related vendors, shop for BolderBOULDER merchandise, pick up your race day packet, and register for the race (if you still need to). This SportsEXHIBIT is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
The BolderBOULDER 10K takes place on Monday, May 28! When you register, you’ll be placed in a “wave,” depending on your pace/ability level or walking/jogging/running preference. The first wave begins racing at 6:50 a.m., with the last wave taking off around 9:30 a.m.
The International Pro Team Race at 11:15 a.m. will be the last race of the morning, featuring some of the fastest runners in the world competing on the course for cash prizes. They will arrive at the finish line inside the Folsom Field stadium between 11:45 and 11:55 a.m., to the cheers and support of the crowd.
The 12 p.m. Memorial Day Tribute at Folsom Field is a FREE public event, which will “honor the men and women who have served our country during peace and war, particularly those who paid the supreme sacrifice, in defense of the U.S.A.” It will include an enlistment ceremony (one of the largest in the state), the presentation of Colors, the 21-gun salute, “Taps,” an F-16 fly-over, skydivers from each military branch, and the national anthem.
The stadium will be enforcing CU’s clear bag policy upon entrance into the facility, so come prepared!
The BolderBOULDER is unique because of the gobs of live entertainment it provides participants at mile markers along the course! In addition, the Expo provides food and drink samples and swag for you to peruse when your race is complete. The stadium opens at 7 a.m. on the day of the event.
Click here to register for the BolderBOULDER through Friday, May 25 (after Friday, you’ll have to register at the event itself). And click here for more information on every aspect of the weekend festivities!
What do you think? Is the BolderBOULDER a Memorial Day tradition for you? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!