FAQs

The 2022 BOLDERBoulder returns on Memorial Day, Monday May 30th at 6:50am!

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 of course invite you to stay for the afternoon or weekend to take full advantage of everything beautiful Boulder, CO has to offer. 

When does the BOLDERBoulder start?

The professional push rim race is the first wave, starting at 6:50am followed by the “A” wave at 6:55am. From 6:55am to approximately 9:22am the other 100 waves will launch. The wave start times schedule will be sent out with all the details.

The International Team Challenge, the pro race, begins at 11:13am (women) and 11:23am (men), and will finish inside the stadium between 11:45 and 11:56am.

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

Start times are subject to change.

Are there any COVID requirements or restrictions?
Our team will continue to work hard developing and refining operational plans in a manner consistent with local community objectives, and within the guidelines and recommendations set by public health entities as it relates to COVID-19. 
Given the ever changing environment, BOLDERBoulder guidelines will be updated and refined as we get closer to the race in MayOur policies for race day will be communicated by email and on our website
I registered for the 2020 BOLDERBoulder. What now?

If you have not already used your registration code from the 2020 race at one of our prior events, you have a guaranteed spot on the start line Memorial Day, 2022, and you will get the Official Race Tee shirt package or the “Flagiron” short sleeve package at NO COST. You will receive a code by email in January which you use during the registration process. Contact BOLDERBoulder at [email protected] with questions or for more information.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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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.

You only need to qualify if you want to run in the first 31 start waves (reserved for those who expect to finish faster than 68 minutes). Here’s how you can qualify:

  1. Use last year’s BOLDER ON THE RUN time: Anything 1:08:00 or faster gets you in the perfect qualified wave for your pace.
  2. Use last year’s ColderBOLDER 5K time: Anyone who finished faster than 32:38 minutes automatically gets in a qualified wave. Check your results.
  3. Use last year’s FORTitude 10K time: Anything 1:08:00 or faster gets you in the perfect qualified wave for your pace. Check your results.
  4. Use other races: Any timed race between three miles and a marathon completed within one year of the upcoming BOLDERBoulder can get you in a qualified wave. Check the Equivalent Times Chart to see how your race time translates to a 10K time.
  5. STRAVA is our Official Training App for the BOLDERBoulder. You can download the STRAVA App and submit a time for any distance 3 miles or longer.
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 run in a qualified wave, we can make that happen, assuming there are still bibs available in the wave you want. For $10, bib changes can be done at the Solutions Tent on race day, or through our race office. To request a bib change, please email us at [email protected] Keep in mind that 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.

PACKETS

What do I get in my race package?

Beyond the beautiful setting and amazing finish, you’ll experience the Memorial Day Tribute and awesome live music on course. You’ll also receive whichever official BOLDERBoulder race T-shirt that you choose, a commemorative snack lunch bag with treats. Plus, our race sponsors and partners offer more samples, incentives and discounts than you could shake a timing tag at.

Where are the Packet Pick-Up Locations?

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.

Packets will be delivered starting Monday, April 11th. You will receive an email with details once it is available.

You can also choose Race Weekend Packet Pick-up at the Sports Exhibit on Pearl St. in Boulder as well as Race Day Packet Pick-up near the start area.

What if I lose my bib?

No problem. For $10 we can issue you a new bib at the solutions tent on race day or through our race office. To request a new bib, please email us at [email protected]

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.

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.

Is there parking and transportation? Yes.

There are lots of ways to get around. Learn more about parking and transportation here.

  • Turn your run into a brick workout, 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: Runner 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, and on the northbound 28th St. Frontage Road between Colorado Ave. and Arapahoe Ave.
  • Parking: Paid Parking near the finish line is available on the CU campus south of Colorado Avenue and Regent Drive. Emails will be sent to registrants with a link to pre-pay for parking in approved CU lots. 
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]

RESULTS

Where can I find 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.

Online Results: We will post unofficial results online on race day, and later in June you will get an official finisher certificate with full dash-board readout about your race.

 

Is there a BFC Club in 2022?

YES! In 2022 you will be recognized as part of the BFC Club if you completed the BOLDERBoulder over Memorial Day weekend, the FORTitude 10k on Labor Day, and the ColderBOLDER 5k in December. Check out the details at: BFC Club