University of Colorado President Bruce Benson in his office at CU administrative headquarters in Denver in 2014. He is set to retire in July.
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University of Colorado system President Bruce Benson will be the official starter for the 2019 Bolder Boulder race, according to a news release.

Benson is one of the longest serving presidents in the system’s history. He’s expected to retire in July.

“I very much appreciate being selected for this prestigious honor,” Benson said in the release. “The BOLDERBoulder and CU have had a wonderful partnership over the years and I welcome the opportunity to deepen those ties. I look forward to spending Memorial Day with tens of thousands of people who have made the race and the university part of their holiday tradition.”

The Bolder Boulder, a 10K race that attracts more than 50,000 participants, is the third-largest running race in the United States. This year it will be held on Memorial Day.

The race has finished at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1981.

“Almost 40 years since that first meeting with the University of Colorado, it is our honor to have Bruce Benson the President of the University of Colorado to serve as the official starter,” race founder Steve Bosley said in the release. “It is appropriate that the race is being started by another President whose charge is to lead this University and this legacy of community, dedication and service to and for the University of Colorado.”

Past race starters include Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter, Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Ed McCaffery and famed columnist Rick Reilly.

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