There will be no Bolder Boulder Memorial Day 10K this year because of COVID-19 concerns, but race organizers have created a complicated three-day race event as an alternative. And it’s not a virtual run. There will be actual racing on multiple 10K courses across the Front Range with electronic timing, race T-shirts and goodie bags.
It’s called Bolder on the Run. Six certified courses will be scattered from Douglas County to Loveland. Runners can register to race during two-hour blocks on Saturday, Sunday or Monday of the holiday weekend, anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The Bolder Boulder became Colorado’s biggest Memorial Day tradition decades ago and has been touted as the nation’s largest Memorial Day commemoration, nearly filling the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field annually for post-race ceremonies honoring the nation’s war dead. It passed the 40,000-mark for finishers in 2000 and surpassed that every year since then until last year, when the race had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
Race courses for Bolder on the Run include:
- Greenland Open Space Trail, Douglas County, natural surface
- Firestone Regional Sports Complex, Firestone, paved
- The Ranch, Loveland, cross-country trails
- Coal Creek Trail, Erie, paved and crushed rock
- Interlocken Business Park, Broomfield, paved
- Mary Carter Greenway Trail, Littleton, paved
Bolder Boulder race officials are hopeful that the Fortitude 10K Labor Day race in Fort Collins, which they also organize, will be run as usual in September. They also expect the Bolder Boulder to be back next year.