Having put off their decision as long as possible, officials of the Bolder Boulder Memorial Day 10K have canceled the race this year due to the pandemic, race director Cliff Bosley said Tuesday.
The race has been a Memorial Day institution in Boulder and along the Front Range since 1979, and Bosley said the decision to cancel gave him “a knot in my stomach and a lump in my throat.”
But he said it was “prudent” to cancel now because of uncertainty over what the pandemic will look like at the end of May, coupled with the logistics of putting on an event that attracts about 45,000 runners annually.
“I wish we didn’t have to,” Bosley said. “This is what we do. Almost every day we talk about running the Bolder Boulder in person and what that looks like. It’s even more so because of what we’re hopeful for, and that is to get back to running. In a normal year, it’s 364 days (of planning) for one, really. We get the reality of the circumstances and situation which precludes us from being able to run, but this is what we do. To not be able to do it is hard.”
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Race officials remain hopeful about the Bolder Boulder’s sister event, the Fortitude 10K in Fort Collins on Labor Day, especially after hearing remarks by Gov. Jared Polis last week regarding the pace of vaccinations. Polis said he is “confident” that Coloradans will be able to enjoy a summer that “allows them to enjoy everything that Colorado has to offer.”
After hearing that, Bosley immediately contacted race partners in Fort Collins to see how they felt about putting on the race. Bosley said the Fortitude race “likely” will happen, and that the annual Colder Boulder 5K will be conducted in December as well.
To give runners an outlet in lieu of the Bolder Boulder, race officials will be organizing “Bolder on the Run” 10K runs on Memorial Day weekend at locations in Broomfield, Littleton, Firestone and Loveland. Courses will be marked, measured and officially timed at start and finish lines, using radio frequency timing bib tags just like the Bolder Boulder. Runners can register for time slots that weekend on Saturday, Sunday or Monday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Those who register ($49) will receive a race shirt, a bandana, an American flag and other goodies.
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