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ColderBOLDER and 2021 COLD Medal Challenge FAQs

The 5K takes place on Saturday, December 4th with a new course and exciting winter wonderland finish.

Once registered, all participants will receive an official Kick-Off email Saturday, November 20th with all the icy details. In addition, you’ll receive the Go Time email on Wednesday, December 1st with race day specifics.



What is the 5K format?

The ColderBOLDER is 14 individual races – 13 invitational races and one open race. The top three men and women in each race win Medals. That’s 84 medalists total. So come break out in a cold sweat with us. Pour cold water on those winter blues.

The first 13 races are for people who participated in one of our previous BOLD events since 2019. Each race puts people together who are about the same speed. Why? So that anyone has a shot at winning. For example, if you finished, the BOLDERBoulder in 52 minutes you race against people who finished between 52-53:59 minutes. It’s everyone’s chance at personal glory and eternal fame.

The 14th and final race is an open race, all paces, runners, joggers and walkers. No previous race result time required to run in the Open Race.

How will I know what race I’m in?

When our team confirms your previous race time supplied, we’ll confirm your race selection.

What is the COLD Medal Challenge?

The COLD Medal Challenge offers you the opportunity to complete 4 “activities” and receive 4 rewards!

Once you get your Kick-Off email on Saturday, November 20th it will have instructions on how to submit your first activity. Complete and enter your first activity starting Saturday November 27th.

Click the button in the email to submit your first activity. When you are done entering all your information (make sure you enter your email address correctly) – then, you will get an email with the first of your digital gifts! In a follow-up email, there will be a button to submit your 2nd activity. After completing each activity, you will be prompted to enter your next activity, which opens and unlocks another surprise offering. All 4 activities must be completed by Friday, December 3rd.

For the ColderBOLDER Cold Medal Challenge we are not requiring any specific app to track your activities. Each activity will be on your honor, and you can submit your activity to our website after you complete each one so that you can claim your reward.

What activities count for this challenge?

Just about anything – it’s all about fun!  Here’s just a few activities to consider:

 Running, jogging, walking, hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, skiing, sledding, hockey, weightlifting, swimming, climbing, shivering, snowball fights. Don’t forget mental health activities – yoga, stretching, and meditation and if holiday decorating keeps you centered, do it.

Basically, do what you love. But be sure and submit all 4 activities by December 3rd!

How do I get my COLD Medal?

Your final activity is the ColderBOLDER 5K run on December 4th.  At the completion of your 5K , you’ll receive your COLD MEDAL. If you are running LIVE and IN-PERSON, we will present you with your COLD MEDAL at the race finish line. If your running VIRTUALLY, complete your final 5K activity submission and we will mail your medal to you.


Will there be Medals?

The top three men and women in each race win Medals, that’s 84 medalists total. So come break out in a cold sweat with us. Pour cold water on those winter blues.

Is the event timed?

Yes. The ColderBOLDER 5K is timed. When you get your race packet, your personal bib with your race number will have a timing tag already affixed. On race day, just wear your bib (this is how we track your time).

Where can I get my results?

We know that most of the time, it’s all about your time. Your results will be posted on our website for adults who didn’t Opt-Out of results publishing and youth aged 14 and younger with a parent’s consent. Later in December you will receive an Official Results certificate with full readout about your race.

I'm running Virtually - how do I submit my time?

All details will be provided in your Kick-Off email on Saturday, November 20th! Stay tuned.


How long does registration stay open?

The ColderBOLDER is very popular and sells out each year, however, our Virtual option will remain open through race day

Can I change races after I register?

If you want to change races, we can make that happen. For $10, get a bib and race change at the solutions tent on race day or through our race office. To request a change, please email us at [email protected] Keep in mind that you won’t be allowed to move to a slower race on race day, but you can run in the Open Race.

What if I lose my bib?

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

Can I exchange my shirt for a different size?

If extra shirts are available, exchanges will be handled the week following the ColderBOLDER 5K. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

Yes! One of the packet pick-up options available during the registration process offered is a Race Day option. Packets will be available beginning at 6:30 AM inside the Balch Field House (remember to wear a mask indoors) not far from the start area.

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 of cancellation, participants will be transferred to our virtual option. But if you sign up and don’t run, you can take advantage of our ColderBOLDER GuaRUNtee.

Is there anything I can’t do?

In order to keep everyone on their feet, pets need to stay at home. Skates and strollers and as well as costumes that extend beyond the body are prohibited. There are no refunds, exchanges or transfers on registration fees, but if you sign up and don’t run, you can take advantage of our ColderBOLDER GuaRUNtee.


When will my packet be ready for pick up?

Packet Pick-Up – to pick up at one of our partner locations, these will be delivered on Friday, November 19th. You will receive details about your delivery. Select one of 4 locations.

  • Boulder Running Company – Boulder, Cherry Creek or Littleton
  • Scheels – Johnstown

Race Day Packet Pick-Up – packets will be available race morning beginning at 6:30 am. Details will be emailed to you prior to race day.

Mail – packets will be sent via USPS Priority Mail beginning Thursday, November 18th. You will receive an email with tracking details once it has left our office.

International Shipping – for our special participants living outside the US we do offer shipping. Our office will contact you directly regarding costs to ship your package internationally.


Are there Aid Stations and Porta-lets along the course?

Yes! Mile 2 will have an aid station. No porta-lets on the course.

What are the best options for parking?

Park on the University of Colorado campus in Lot #436 which is accessible from Colorado and Regent Drive.

Is there a bag check?

Yes, there will be a bag check inside the Fieldhouse. Be sure and bring your mask as you will need that to enter the Fieldhouse for packet pick up, bag check and the restrooms.

What about the BFC Club?

Yes, for 2021, if you ran the BOLDER on the RUN in May, AND the FORTitude 10K on Labor Day and complete the ColderBOLDER 5K, then you’re eligible. Check out the details at: BFC Club

Can I do this with friends or family? Yes.

Like all of our events, whether in person or virtual, doing them with friends and family is always more fun. So challenge them to join you. The more the merrier.

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Can I VolRUNteer?

Absolutely! For more information on how to volunteer for the ColderBOLDER 5K please e-mail Volunteer[email protected]

How can I become a sponsor?

For more information on becoming a ColderBOLDER 5K sponsor or expo vendor, please e-mail [email protected], our Partnerships Director.

Is the course wheelchair accessible?

YES! Contact us for wave placement and safety details.