FAQs

The 2023 BOLDERBoulder returns on Memorial Day, Monday May 29th!

There is a lot more to the day than the 10K. It’s part run, walk, parade, costume party, pro-race, sponsor expo, and it ends with the largest Memorial Day Tribute in the country inside the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field. We’d love to invite you to stay for the afternoon or the whole weekend to take full advantage of everything beautiful Boulder, CO has to offer. 

Can I Register In Person? Yes!

Our team will be available to register you in-person at our SportsExhibit at the Pearl Street Mall on Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th from 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.  We will open for in-person registration at the START AREA in the parking lot near 30th and Walnut beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Race Day, Monday May 29th to assist you. 

You’ll receive your official BOLDERBoulder race gear, your bib number and timing tag, and there will be sponsor giveaways and offers included in your packages! For those registering on Race Day, we’ll have your official race gear at the Expo after you finish. QUESTIONS? Contact [email protected] 

BOLDERBoulder – Race Day!
Start Area – 30th & Walnut
Monday, May 29th
5:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 

When does the BOLDERBoulder start?

The Professional Wheelchair Race is the first wave, starting at 6:50 a.m. followed by the “A” wave at 6:55 a.m. From 6:56 a.m. to approximately 9:15am the other 85+ waves will launch. The preliminary wave start times schedule is detailed HERE ON OUR WEBSITE and the final launch will be sent out with all the details to participants in our GO TIME email on Thursday May 25, 2023. 

The International Invitational Pro Race starts at 11:15am (women) and 11:26am (men), and it will finish inside the stadium between 11:45 and 11:55am. The Professional Race Start area is located at Folsom and Taft. 

The Memorial Day Tribute begins at 12:00pm in the stadium. Join us, it’s always moving and amazing. 

 

Are there finisher medals?

There are award medals for the top 15 male and female runners after official race results have been posted. 

BOLDERBoulder does not have general finisher medals. However, once you cross the finish line you will receive an awesome goody bag, and a front row seat to the BOLDERBoulder Memorial Day tribute!

Also, a printable finisher’s certificate with all of your race stats will be emailed to you a few weeks after the race. 

What if the BOLDERBoulder can't be run in person?

All participants will be automatically entered into a virtual version of the race, and can race wherever and whenever they want over Memorial Day weekend. All registrants will still receive their race packages. 

Can I run the BOLDERBoulder Virtually – Yes.

When you click on the register button it will take you to the registration platform where you can select the VIRTUAL option.

Is there a refund or cancellation policy?

All entry fees are non-refundable. During the registration process acknowledgment of this policy is made. Once a runner registers, race items will be immediately ordered and printed for a participants’ registration.

There are NO exceptions. In case the event can’t be done in person, participants will be transferred to our virtual option.

I signed-up to run virtually. Can I change to run in-person?

Yes. For $10 we will issue you a new bib number with a timing tag. If you have already received your packet and your virtual bib number, contact us at [email protected] with your request.

BBRacers Program

Information about our BBRacers Program can be found at BBRacers or contact us at [email protected].

Download the Official App of the BOLDERBoulder 10K 

Real-time runner tracking, along with everything else you need on race day.

PACKETS

Where are the Packet Pick-Up Locations?

We will begin packet deliveries in early April. ALL PACKETS WILL BE DELIVERED TO ALL PACKET PICK-UP LOCATIONS BY WED, MAY 24th. You will RECEIVE an email and/or a text message with details as soon as your packet has been delivered to the location you selected.  

The BOLDERBoulder is excited to partner with many locations up and down the front range for FREE packet pick up. You can choose any of our participating locations as you register and check out. 

You can also choose Race Weekend Packet Pick-up at the Sports Exhibit on Pearl St. 

What do I get in my race package?

Beyond the beautiful setting and the amazing finish in front of thousands of screaming fans at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field, you will get to experience live music and entertainment at every turn along the course! You will see the finish of the professional races and experience the grand finale of our Memorial Day Tribute which includes sky divers and a flyover as well as the tribute in honor of those who have given their lives in service to the United States of America.  Your race package includes the official BOLDERBoulder race gear that you select, a commemorative snack lunch bag filled with food and treats provided by our sponsors, accurate RFID timing, including mile split times. After the race enjoy other samples provided by our sponsors including bottled water and a soft drink provided by Pepsi, an Avery Beer (for those participants 21 and older) and food and drink samples from dozens and dozens of companies featured at our RACE DAY EXPO – also look for special offers and incentives from sponsors and partners!  

 

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What if I lose my bib?

No problem.  The bib number is your entry into the race, so it will need to be replaced and we will issue you a new bib number. The replacement cost is $10, contact us prior to the race to make sure you get your replacement bib before race day [email protected]   For bib changes and replacements on Saturday or Sunday come to our SOLUTIONS tent at the Race Weekend Sports Exhibit on the Pearl Street Mall.  

We will also accommodate Race Day bib changes and replacements for $15 – come to the SOLUTIONS TENT at the START AREA in the parking lot near 30th and Walnut beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Monday May 29th 

Can I choose to donate my shirt during registration?

We do have an option for participants to donate their official shirt in support of global relief efforts.  In 2020, 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 for their Global Humanitarian Relief Efforts.  In 2022, we were able to partner with these organizations, and we will continue for the 2023 race.  

WAVES

How do the waves work?

We invented and continue to perfect the wave start, which has been used at the BOLDERBoulder since 1982. We want you to run, jog or walk at your speed, so there are over 100 waves in the BOLDERBoulder, each organized by pace. Only the first 31 waves (faster than a 68 minute finish) require proof of qualification. You can register for any of the other waves without qualifying. This way you can run/jog/walk with runners like yourself, and not get lost in a mass start. Learn more about how our waves work.

The wave start allows us to manage the entire race based upon how many participants we place in each wave, the correct and proper size and layout for each start group (wave), and by establishing the specific start times and exact time increments in between each wave.

Through this process, we can structure the event and manage when participants get to the start, where they stage, how they progress through the course, and how they arrive at the finish for their unimpeded and uninterrupted crossing at the finish line in Folsom Field.

Do I need to qualify? Only for the first 31 waves.

The first 30 waves are set aside for those who expect to finish faster than 68 minutes and have a qualifying time since May 30, 2022. 

 

Here’s how you can qualify: 

  1. Use your 2022 BOLDERBoulder time: Anything 1:08:00 or faster gets you in the perfect qualified wave for your pace. 
  1. Use your 2022 ColderBOLDER 5K time: Anyone who finished faster than 32:38 minutes automatically gets in a qualified wave. Check your results. 
  1. Use other races (since May 30, 2022) Use results from ANY timed race, from three miles to a marathon, which you’ve completed since May 30, 2022 and we’ll place you in a qualified wave based upon your time. Check the Equivalent Times Chart to see how your race time translates to a 10K time. Submit your result to [email protected]. 
Can I start with friends or family? Yes.

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, register everyone online 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 (it helps if everyone chooses the same participant type).

Can I change waves once I register? Yes.

If you want to change waves or to run in a qualified wave, we can make that happen, assuming there are still bibs available in the wave you want. The cost is $10.   

To request a bib number change prior to the race, email us at [email protected] – Note: you won’t be allowed to move up to a faster wave on race day unless you have the correct bib number for that wave. 

For all bib changes on Saturday or Sunday, bring us your original bib number and come to our SOLUTIONS tent at the Race Weekend Sports Exhibit on the Pearl Street Mall.  

We will also accommodate Race Day bib changes for $15 – bring your original bib number and come to our SOLUTIONS TENT at the START AREA in the parking lot near 30th and Walnut beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Monday May 29th 

RESULTS & OFFICIAL PHOTOS

Where can I find my results?

We know that most times, it’s all about your time. 

Online Results: We will post unofficial results online on race day and update the following day to include those that registered on race day. 

Later in June you will get an official finisher certificate with full dash-board readout about your race.

 

Official Photos

FinisherPix is the official photographer at BOLDERBoulder. Your personal race photos and video will be available at www.finisherpix.com/e/5229 . Make sure your bib number is facing front at all times and don’t forget to smile when you cross the finish line. Have a great race!

YOUR BEST PHOTOS!

  • Ensure you have your race number facing front and visible at all times
  • Look out for our FinisherPix photographers on course and SMILE
  • Look up when you cross the finish line and smile BIG!
  • If you pre-ordered your photos, you will receive a download-link by email as soon as photos are online!
  • Upload a selfie at the bottom of your gallery to find more photos of you and to add it to your gallery.

 

FURTHER INFO AND CONTACT – [email protected]|www.finisherpix.com                                                   

ALREADY CONNECTED?-  facebook.com/finisherpix | #finisherpix @finisherpix

GENERAL

Is the course wheelchair accessible? Yes.

At the time of registration there is a wheelchair category. Our office will contact you with safety and wave details. Contact [email protected] for assistance.

Does Folsom Field have a clear bag policy? Yes.

Yes! The CU’s Clear Bag Policy is strictly enforced at Folsom Field. They allow you to bring in one clear bag no larger than 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches, or a one-gallon resealable clear plastic bag, into the stadium. Small camelbacks (with size restrictions 14.4 x 10 x 2.4 in / 36.5 x 25.4 x 6.1 cm), fanny packs no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, small clutches no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, flip belts and medically necessary items will be allowed.

We have seven aid stations available that serve water and nuun hydration, snack bags at the finish line, as well as other food and beverages that can be purchased. We’re celebrating in CU’s house, so we follow their house rules. Clear bags are becoming the norm at athletic venues across the nation. They aid in increasing participant safety and decreasing the waiting time to enter stadiums. For more information on the CU Clear Bag Policy, click here.

Are there lockers? Yes.

We offer a Mobile Locker service ($5 pre-race or $10 race day), where you can drop your gear at a truck on the southeast corner of 30th & Walnut and it will be waiting for you outside the stadium when you finish.

Items left at Mobile Locker compliant with the CU Clear Bag Policy can be picked up inside the Clear Bag Perimeter and brought into the stadium. Bags that don’t meet the CU Clear Bag Policy will still be accepted at Mobile Locker and can be picked up outside of the Clear Bag Perimeter near the stadium. Any clothing left on the ground or fencing in the start area will be immediately donated to charity.

We want everyone to have what they need on race day. Plan ahead and help us keep all of the BOLDERBoulder participants, volRUNteers and spectators safe! The University of Colorado Clear Bag Policy is strictly enforced at Folsom Field. BOLDERBoulder runners and spectators may bring one clear bag no larger than 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches, or a one-gallon resalable clear plastic storage bag, into the stadium. Small camelbacks (with size restrictions 14.4 x 10 x 2.4 in / 36.5 x 25.4 x 6.1 cm), fanny packs no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, small clutches no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, flip belts and medically necessary items will be allowed.

We have seven aid stations available that serve water and nuun hydration, snack bags at the finish line, as well as other food and beverages that can be purchased. Clear bags, which are becoming the norm at athletic venues across the nation, aid in increasing participant safety and have been found to decrease the waiting time to enter stadiums. For more information on the University of Colorado Clear Bag Policy, click HERE.

Can I bring a camelback?

Small camelbacks (with size restrictions 14.4 x 10 x 2.4 in / 36.5 x 25.4 x 6.1 cm), fanny packs no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, small clutches no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, flip belts and medically necessary items will be allowed. We have seven aid stations available that serve water and nuun hydration, snack bags at the finish line, as well as other food and beverages that can be purchased. For more information on the CU Clear Bag Policy, click here.

Is there anything I can't do? Just a few things.

In order to keep everyone on their feet, we don’t allow pets, strollers, inline skates, and costumes that extend beyond the body. Read more about our Safety and Rules.

How can I become a sponsor or expo vendor?

For more information on becoming a FORTitude 10K sponsor or expo vendor, please e-mail Alice Swanson, our Partnerships Director.

Can I VolRUNteer?

Absolutely! For more information on how to volunteer for the BOLDERBoulder please e-mail us at [email protected] 

Click here for our VolRUNteers page- https://www.bolderboulder.com/bolder-volrunteers/