Bolder Boulder 10k Race Preview

May 19, 2012 6:00 AM

(credit: CBS)

Bolder Boulder 2011

An image from the 2011 Bolder Boulder (credit: CBS)

Bolder Boulder 10K
Starting line: Near 30th and Walnut streets
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-7223

Race day: Mon, May 28

Price: $48 to $79/$15 discounts for participants 14 years and younger and 65 years and older/$15 discount for active military with current military ID
Hours: 6:55 a.m. professional wheelchair start; 7 a.m. wave “A” start
Click here for a calendar of events, race schedules and start times

Sea level is for sissies. With 54,000 runners in last year’s race, the 2012 Bolder Boulder is as popular as ever with 92 heats this year from qualified professional runners to casual walkers and joggers. The Memorial Day Weekend race is one of the largest in the nation in which all participants are timed. Sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, it is one of the most watched and participated-in events in Colorado.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bolder Boulder 2011

Whether a trained athlete or a veteran walker, the Bolder Boulder is a day of fun, festivities and Memorial Day merriment. The 10K course runs throughout Boulder, with a start on 30th and Walnut streets, meandering through the city, and finishing at Folsom Field. Runners, joggers and walkers will enjoy the cheers of the crowd, live entertainment and the heart-pumping adrenaline from running through scenic parts of Boulder including Pearl, Walnut and Folsom streets with views of the surrounding Flatirons mountains and breathtaking Boulder cityscape.

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Race Course Entertainment
On Bolder Boulder Race Route

Price: free
Hours: during the Bolder Boulder Memorial Day weekend
Click here for band lineup

More than 35 entertainers line the racecourse of the Bolder Boulder, from belly dancers to rock bands. When not taking in the smooth sounds of jazz or the lighthearted bagpipes, race watchers may also peruse the Twenty Ninth Street Mall for a plethora of shops and dining options. Every year, the weekend before the race, the Boulder Running Company’s annual tent sale — May 26 and 27 this year — sends runners out with top-notch, name-brand, discount shoes and apparel.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods
1 W. Flatiron Crossing Dr.
Broomfield, CO 80021
(720) 887-0900

Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As the title sponsor of the Bolder Boulder, Dick’s Sporting Goods is home to the opening day of registration and a perfect location to pick up gear, 2012 race shirts or Memorial Day tune-ups. Located at the bustling Flatirons Mall, the beautifully landscaped indoor-outdoor shopping paradise is a must-stop before heading to the races Monday.

Related: Guide to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Dining and Where to Stay 

Hotel Boulderado
2115 13th St.
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-4344

Click here for packages and reservations

If staying in the city of Boulder, Hotel Boulderado is the city’s signature lodging option. This historic luxury hotel is located steps from Pearl Street Mall in the heart of Boulder and is home to not only beautifully restored rooms, but fantastic eating and drinking establishments such as Q’s and The Corner Bar. Make sure to call for your reservations today, as this hotel will be full for the races.

St. Julien 
900 Walnut St.
Boulder, Co 80302
(702) 406-9696

Click here for reservations

With exceptional accommodations all around, the St. Julien itself will make Bolder Boulder lovers never want to leave the city. Located tantalizingly close to trails at the base of the flatirons and the Pearl Street Mall, it’s a dream location for Boulder visitors. Visit Jill’s, the Julien’s in-house restaurant for amazing happy hour deals on everything from gourmet comfort food to cheese platters and wine. Stay for a weekend to play at the base of the flatirons during the day and revel in Boulder’s nightlife in the evenings.

1739 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-7233

Hours: Mon to Fri lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Mon to Thurs dinner – 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If fine cuisine is on the agenda after watching (or participating in) the Bolder Boulder, L’Atelier is just the place. With decadent sauces, perfectly prepared meals, and an ambiance that is unrivaled in Bolder, this Radek-concept restaurant has diners from all over the state traveling to Boulder for a taste of dishes such as lobster ravioli with beurre blanc and rack of lamb with honey mustard rosemary crust. Decorated with Italian glass and museum-quality ceramics, guests are encouraged to make reservations well in advance for this popular Boulder fine-dining establishment.

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Insider Tips:

If participating in the race, remember oxygen can be in short supply in Colorado: Make sure to hydrate and not push too much if this is your first race. Record holders may be able to complete the course in less than 30 minutes, but there is no pressure to pass out on the streets of Boulder.

Pre-race weekend is a great time to check out local shops, entertainment and dining in Boulder. SportsEXHIBIT on Pearl Street Mall has several vendors from the outdoor and fitness world and early registration is also available on Saturday and Sunday on Pearl Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PastaPASTA at the Millennium Hotel Sunday May 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is a great place to carbo-load for race day.

Related: Bolder Boulder 2011

Chad Chisholm is an avid globetrotter and brings the best of travel secrets and expert insights to his readership. A Denver-based travel writer and photographer, Chad’s travels have taken him to five of the seven continents in a passionate love affair with the world of travel and the outdoors. His work can be found at