Memorial Day means the beginning of summer, the Indy 500, and you can now where those white shoes you’ve had in the back of the closet since Labor Day. On the front range of Colorado, Memorial Day means it is time to lace up the running shoes for the Bolder Boulder.
Since the first Bolder Boulder in 1979, the annual Memorial Day race has grown into on of premier 10k races in the country. Top professional runners from around the world come to compete in the elite category. But it is not just for the speedy. 50,000 people are expected to run, jog, walk or skip the course, ending to the cheers of family and friends at CU’s football stadium, Folsom Field. Unlike most big races, in Boulder the elite runners start after the rest of the participants are done, which allows them to finish the race in front of thousands of cheering fans in the stadium. And to make the experience great for everyone, the runners are sent off in waves, with the early waves requiring proof of having achieved a time that puts you with the rest of the wave. So, if you’re fast, you don’t have to swerve around walkers.
If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late. You can even register the morning of the the race. The wheelchair race starts at 6:50, and the first wave of runners goes off 5 minutes later. And if you’re not a runner, you can volunteer, or just join the thousands of people who will line the streets for the race. Either way, it’s great fun.
Banjo Billy takes Memorial Day off, but not the days before. Come out and join us in Denver and Boulder this Friday through Sunday, then go YEEEHHHAAAWWWW for the runners on Monday!