Bolder Boulder is a leading 10k race in the United States. Each Memorial Day, more than 50,000 people gather together to compete in the country’s biggest 10k purse.
Since 1978, BolderBoulder has been committed about the 10k race, the community, as well as its stewardship of the surroundings. In 2011, the race will be held on May 30, with the first wave going off at 7:00 am. For this Memorial Day, a new course will be followed, with the new start line set at 30th & Walnut in Boulder, CO.
Participants can customize their race experience at the DICK’s Sporting Goods BolderBoulder. The race is divided into 80 to 90 waves allowing participants to finish the 10k race at their own pace. The waves are also separated to six sections: walkers, walk/joggers, jog/walkers, joggers, runners and qualified runners.
Registration can be made online, by submitting all entry forms at the BolderBoulder Store or sending them by mail.
Aside from the race, participants can enjoy the SportsEXHIBIT on the Pearl Street Mall, indulge at the PastaPasta or stick around for the EXPO, BashBash and Memorial Day Tribute.
Awards are given to the top 15 female and male runners in every age category. Only finishers who wear their assigned BolderBoulder timing tag on their shoes will be timed, included in the results and entitled for finisher certificates with placement statistics and awards. Participants aged below five years old also get a completion certificate. Special awards are given to those who can run faster than the others in their age. Commemorative watch also awaits the most impressive margin winners.
To help participants prepare for the 2011 race, BolderBoulder has teamed up with TrainingPeaks to provide a free nine-week online training program. The program will give participants every day schedule to prepare for the race and online journal to monitor your progress. Other tools offered are nutrition log, route and mapping tools, as well as the capability to upload workouts from several training devices.
BolderBoulder contributes about $10 million to the city each year. About 80,000 to 10,000 participants and spectators flock to Boulder for the Memorial Day weekend, translating into sales, tax revenue and profits for local restaurants, retail shops and hotels across the city.
BolderBoulder donates to not-for-profit groups in the community. Previous beneficiaries included ATL Foundation, ASHA for Education, Boulder Chorale Group, Boulder Force and Broomfield Links.
It also coordinates the outreach program BBRacers Club, which targets middle school and elementary students to promote physical fitness and good health. About 1,500 teachers and students take part in the program, which is designed at educating and motivating about fitness and running.
BolderBoulder also donates hundreds of t-shirts and free entries to many charities across the state. The entries are utilized for fundraisers like raffles or silent auctions to help these organizations.