The BolderBOULDER began in 1979 with 2,700 participants. A year later, the 10K grew to 5,280 runners, causing the finish line to move from North Boulder Park to Boulder High School. It was in 1980, that live entertainment and bands were also added to the event. With 9,000 participants a year later, the 10K moved to its current finish line at Folsom Field. Now, with over 52,000 participants and 100,000 spectators, the BolderBOULDER thrives with the establishment of wave starts, a Memorial Day tribute, a pro race, a pro wheelchair race, a Race Day Expo, the middle school challenge and has been dubbed the largest timed 10K in the world!
The BolderBOULDER grew from the dream of celebrating Memorial Day with friends and families in the Boulder community. Runners, joggers, walkers, spectators and performers all come to participate in this big event. As you make your way down the race route, you will find plenty of entertainment from music from the Blues Brothers Band, dancing Chick-Fil-A cows, a belly dancing group, classic rock, Pom Pom students, DJ's and more. And, while the event caters to any level of runner, it has grown to be on a national platform by hosting Olympic medal winners and qualifiers.
In an effort to honor the day it celebrates, the BolderBOULDER takes the time to honor the men and women who have served this country. The Memorial Day Tribute includes the presentation of the Nation's Colors, a 21-gun salute, an F-16 Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center from NAS Fallon, NV, salute, sky divers and the national anthem.
The BolderBOULDER is also a day to celebrate the many staff members that work to produce the best event possible. Starting the day after the race, the planning and brainstorming for the next BolderBOULDER begins. The goal is to make each year better and continue to grow.
Join the Boulder community this Memorial Day at the BolderBOULDER. To learn more, visit the BolderBOULDER
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