By Cliff Bosley, Race Director
Undoubtedly, 2020 was most unusual – a really challenging and tough year for everyone.
Our sport was not and is not immune, as our lives have been changed. While it has been disappointing for us, and for you, that we have not been able to stage any of our traditional, in-person races in 2020, we’re all mindful of the need to be safe. We have looked at this as an opportunity which has led to some creative ideas to keep running, jogging and walking.
Through all of this our BOLDERBoulder team has been firmly committed and engaged in planning and innovating to be prepared when the time comes to again produce the next BOLDERBoulder. We are eagerly anticipating the return to live and in-person running, perhaps by summer!
In 2020 more than 20,000 of our fans joined us for one or more of our virtual challenges – we just completed the Heart of BOLD last weekend – logging more than 9,100 workouts and 6,832 Acts of “BOLDNESS”.
Through these endeavors we were able to come up with some “bold” opportunities to give. Your participation in our VirtuALL Memorial Day 10K enabled us to donate almost $30,000 to the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. When it became clear we wouldn’t be running in 2020, we had already ordered and purchased the race shirts for the 50,000 that typically run, jog and walk the race. As a result, we were able to donate more than 40,000 race shirts to the Denver Rescue Mission and to Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child and their Global Humanitarian Relief Effort.
We are humbled and grateful to be able to be a part of these programs.
We know many of you while experiencing your own challenges, were also able to be personally involved in helping others. We applaud you and hope that 2021 will turn out to be a year of even more creative thinking without as many tough decisions.