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MAKE BOLDERBOULDER YOUR BEST 10K

BolderBOULDER is not your ordinary road race. There is a lot more to the day than just the 10K, and you have a lot more options to make your race perfect. 

When is BolderBOULDER?

It’s always on Monday, Memorial Day, rain or shine, which in 2015 is on May 25.

The pro wheelchair wave goes off at 6:55am followed by the “A” wave at 7:00am. From 7:00am to approximately 9:30am the other 90 waves will launch.  The wave launch schedule will be available by February 1.  The International Team Challenge begins at 11:13am (women) and 11:24am (men), and will finish inside the stadium between 11:45 and 11:56am. The Memorial Day Tribute will cap off the day at noon.

How do the waves work?

We invented, and perfected, the wave start. Because we want you to run, jog or walk at your speed, there are over 90 waves in the BolderBOULDER, organized by your expected pace. Only the first 30 waves (sub-68 minute pace) require proof of qualification. You can register for any of the subsequent waves without qualifying. This way, you can run/jog/walk with runners like yourself, and not get lost in a mass start.

What are the race package options?

Race package images will be available by December 31. Race package pricing through February 28, 2015:

Short sleeve race package: $45 for adults, $30 for kids (14 & under), seniors (65 & over) and military

Long sleeve race package: $50 for adults, $35 for kids (14 & under), seniors (65 & over) and military

Helly Hansen Premium Tech Tee Package: $60 for adults, $45 for kids (14 & under), seniors (65 & over) and military

Boldest Package (one of each shirt): $75 for adults, $60 for kids (14 & under), seniors (65 & over) and military

Do I need to qualify?

You only need to qualify if you want to run in the first 31 start waves. You can qualify for these spaces in four ways:

1. Last year’s BB10K time: Anything 1:08:00 or faster gets you in the perfect qualified wave for your pace. Find your 2014 results.

2. A time from the ColderBOLDER 5K in December can also be used as qualifying time for the next year’s race.

3. Other races: Any other timed race between 2 miles and a marathon completed since May 26, 2014 can be used to qualify for this years BolderBOULDER. Check the equivalent times grid to see how your race time translates to a 10K time.

4. Our treadmill test: No race plans before the BolderBOULDER? No problem. For no charge, simply run 2 miles on the treadmill at our Twenty Ninth Street store once it opens on April 11. We’ll cheer you on every step of the way and get you in the wave that suits you for your best race experience.

What if I can't race?

GuaRUNtee

If you can't run the 2015 BolderBOULDER, we will roll your registration over to the 2016 race for only $15. And, you don't need an excuse from your mom or a note from your doc.

Is there a cap on registration?

Our brand promise is Oh Yes You Can! and that means we want everyone to be able to run, jog or walk. No caps. Running is a test of your legs, heart, and mind. Not your clicking finger. We don’t turn runners away just because they couldn’t sign up when the registration opened. You want to join? We’ll save a place for you.

Can I start with friends or family?

We can help you start with your family or friends; the rest of the day is up to you. If you want to be in the same start wave as someone else, register everyone online or in person at the same time. Enter the names of those you want to run with in the appropriate field. Qualifying rules still apply, and everyone in your group will be placed in the slowest person’s wave. Check our friends and family search page starting in April to see if the people you know are already registered.

Can I change waves once I register?

No problem, assuming there are still bibs available in the wave you want.  Return your bib and timing tag to our Twenty Ninth Street store until May 22, or to the SportsEXHIBIT on race weekend.  For a $10 bib change fee we’ll get you switched.  Keep in mind that you won’t be allowed to move up to a faster wave on race day.

What's the atmosphere like?

Runner’s World doesn’t call this America’s All-Time Best 10K for nothing. Boulder knows how to party like we know how to run. We understand that sometimes running is about suffering, but BolderBOULDER is about having a great time. The experience includes an incredible pre-race expo (with great sponsors and samples), live bands every quarter mile, food, cheering, craziness, costumes, more cheering, the world’s largest Memorial Day celebration and a post event Expo the likes of which any “normal” 10K can’t compete.

How about the crowds?

It’s true – we’re one of the most popular 10Ks in the world. But after 36 years, we’ve got running a big race down to a science. Our finish is conveniently located next to our start, and there’s plenty of parking, transportation, and most importantly, porta-potties. Once you cross the start line our wave start lets you run, jog or walk at your own pace with others like yourself, and not get lost in a mass start.

What about parking and transportation?

There are lots of ways to get around:

+ Get on the bus: Whether you live in Boulder, Denver, Longmont, or anywhere in between you can catch an RTD bus to the race. Click here for RTD rates, schedules and routes.

+ Turn your run into a brick, with a bike ride: Both the start and finish areas are close to the Boulder Creek Path. Once you get to Twenty Ninth Street there are many available bike racks. The paths along 30th Street will be closed from 5am to 9:30am, but 29th Street provides an easy alternative.

+ Buddy up on driving: Drop offs are located near the start line at two separate points: The right lane of westbound Arapahoe Ave. between 38th St. and 30th St, or on the northbound 28th St. Frontage Road between Colorado Ave. and Arapahoe Ave.

+ Parking: Parking near the finish line is available on the CU campus south of Colorado Ave. and Regent Drive. Race day rates are $20 per vehicle, and it's a one-mile warm up to the start area. Limited parking is also available near the start area. Click here see all the available routes to the race and parking options.

Do you have to be an elite runner?

Sure, this is Boulder. And sure, the BolderBOULDER is the largest collection of elite runners outside of the Summer Games. But last year we welcomed over 55,000 runners of all shapes, sizes and speeds in more than 90 waves. That means whether you’re looking to walk, amble, trot, jog, or set a personal record, there’s a place for you.

Is there anything I can't do?

In order to keep everyone on their feet, we don’t allow pets, strollers, inline skates, etc., and no costumes that extend beyond the body.

There are no refunds, exchanges or transfers on registration fees, but if you sign up and can't run, you can take advantage of our Bolder GuaRUNtee.

Are there hidden "extras and fees"?

Unlike other sports, running is pure. It’s just you, a pair of shoes, and a route. We don’t think any pure sport should include a bunch of hidden traps. That’s why, unlike other races we don’t have added online fees or handling charges. The only add-on’s are for shipping (if you choose) and/or extra gear or food if you want them.

What can I expect on race day?

You mean besides the time of your life? Simple. You’ll line up at the start in the center of Boulder in your respective wave. Once the gun goes off, you’re headed for a running tour of Boulder, supported by fans at every turn, bands over the entire course, and energy like no other town could offer. You’ll finish with a short climb into CU’s Folsom Field, followed by a ¾ lap around the stadium, cheered on by tens of thousands of fans in the stands. You’ll finish close to where you started, with a cold beverage in your hand and a commemorative reusable BolderBOULDER lunch bag with snacks to celebrate. You can kick back, hang out, watch the men’s and women’s International Team Challenges, be a part of the scene and watch the grand finale Memorial Day Ceremory. It’s Memorial Day. You’re in the running capital of the country. And you just finished America’s greatest 10K. What a great way to welcome in summer!

What do I get in my race package?

Other races are getting stingier and stingier. That’s why we try to give you more. Beyond a great race, Memorial Day celebratation, on course bands, a training calendar, BolderBOULDER race T-shirt and a commemorative lunch bag that declares your love of running. You can also upgrade to a Helly Hansen performance technical tee or a long-sleeve shirt. Plus, our race sponsors partners offer more samples and discounts than you could shake a timing tag at.

How do I see my results?

We know that most times, it’s all about your time. That’s why BolderBOULDER has got the most seamless, advanced results of any 10K in the world. We will also post results online on race day. Finally, later in June you will get an official finisher certificate with full dash-board readout about your race in the mail.

What is a timing tag?

We know how fun it is to compare yourself to your friends and family so we were the first mass-participation race to offer high-tech tag timing to every entrant. When you get your race packet, you’ll receive a tag that you will attach to your running shoe. This is how we track your time. It not only gives you a total time, the tag will track your running splits every mile, and you’ll get a text message immediately following the race with your finish time. Just don’t forget to return the tag when you’re done.

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