With less than a month until the BOLDERBoulder 10k I’ve been thinking more and more about my first trip to Boulder and the race itself. There are so many good reasons to participate, so today I’m sharing ten reasons to run the BOLDERBoulder 10k.
1. Lots of BOLDERBoulder 10K Race Packages to Choose From
Have you ever signed up for a race and thought “Another short sleeve/tech tee/long sleeved shirt I don’t need?” This race gives you the opportunity to pick the type of race shirt you want. You can pick a short sleeved, tech, or long sleeved shirt. And you can even pick a package with all three if you want!
2. The Weather
Boulder is considered the high desert, with an altitude of 5,430 above sea level. This elevation ensures a mild climate with very little humidity in the summer and winter months. The average high for May is 72 degrees with an average low of 44. Sounds like perfect running weather to me!
3. The Hiltons on Canyon
Book your stay at the Hiltons on Canyon where you will be minutes from the start and finish lines and enjoy access to all the best of Boulder. They are also the only hotels in the Boulder area that allow a one-night stay for the holiday weekend. So, whether you’re visiting and looking for a place to relax and play, or a local interested in a staycation, the Hiltons on Canyon is the perfect place for you this Memorial Day.
4. Amazing Local Food & Drink
The food scene in Boulder is world-class, and the patios on Pearl Street are a great place to people watch and soak up the sun. Dining at dozens of award-winning restaurants that make Boulder America’s Foodiest Town (according to Bon Appétit magazine) and Pearl Street one of the Top Ten Foodie Streets in America (according to Food + Wine).
5. One of the Largest Road Races in America
Runners come to the BOLDERBoulder from all corners of the globe. BOLDERBoulder was founded in 1979 as a small, local 10K, and since has grown to be one of the largest and most respected community running events in the world. Every running of the BOLDERBoulder is one race with over 50,000 personal stories.
6. Mega-Memorial Day Celebration
For over 40 years, BOLDERBoulder has been the official kickoff to summer. Our Memorial Day Celebration is the largest in the world. They honor those that have served our country with moving tributes, a flyover, music and a party that stirs the soul and moves the heart as 100,000 of your fellow runners and friends celebrate this special day with the Flatirons as an inspiring backdrop.
7. Running is only half the fun!
They have been rockin’ and rollin’ for over four decades. Whether you’re a spectator at mile three, or a runner ascending the final climb into the stadium, you are in for an amazing, awesome time. You never know what awaits you, from belly dancers, a cooling mid-race slip ‘n slide, an unexpected beer-and-bacon stop or the eclectic music as you wind around the course through the streets of Boulder. Sure, it’s a run, but there’s so much more to enjoy from start and finish.
8. They invented and perfected the wave start.
It’s their way of setting you up for success. Running in your wave means you’re not stuck behind a wall of slower runners, and you won’t get left in the dust by the speed demons. With over 90 waves, there is a perfect place just for you. You’re set up for a personal best, no matter what your pace, right from the gun.
9. Run for fast, run for fun
Walkers, joggers, runners and racers all have a home at the BOLDERBoulder. They have more sub-40 minute runners than any other race in the world, and they also have jog, jog/walk and walking waves specifically for first-time enthusiasts to experience the pure joy of “running”. You can qualify to earn your place in one of the under 68 minute waves, or simply sign up for any of the other waves that match your pace. Theirr brand promise is “Oh Yes You Can” and they have created an event that is perfect for every level of participant.
10. It’s your own Summer Games
Ever dreamed of what it’s like to finish a run to the roar of a stadium crowd with 50,000 plus fans? You can at the BOLDERBoulder. The course ends in CU’s Folsom Field, where the stands are jammed with your biggest fans, friends and other runners. Hear all that cheering? It’s for you. You earned it.
You still have time to join in the fun! If you are still thinking about signing up, make sure to do so before the prices increase on May 13.
*Disclosure: I am an ambassador for this race and have received a complimentary race entry and other perks. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.