Bolder Boulder Changes for 2021 Include Loveland
The world-famous 10K on Memorial Day has been canceled once again due to COVID-19 concerns, but only in the sense that it won't 'run' the way it usually does.
There's something magical about the Bolder Boulder, and it has nothing to do with 'magic' mushrooms, though I would not be shocked to hear that some participants and many spectators were using them.
The 2020 Bolder Boulder was flat-out canceled in 2020, but the 2021 event is not totally canceled. They'll be doing five 10Ks along the Front Range during the Memorial Day Weekend timeframe.
A lot of races/running events over the last year have had only 'virtual' events, where you are encouraged to individually go on a 5K or such, to support the cause. They're not as much fun, but 'what can you do?'
The 2021 Bolder Boulder 'On the Run' event has decided that, for at least one more year, they can't have 50,000 people (and their supporters) showing up in Boulder for the 10K, but they can put on five 10Ks at five different locations throughout the 3-day Memorial Day Weekend.
One of the locations that weekend is at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.
The other locations are Littleton, Firestone, Eerie, and Broomfield.
Participants can sign up for one of the seven 2-hour time slots (waves) on each of those days, starting at 6:30 a.m., with the last wave going out at 6:30 p.m. They don't say how many runners will be allowed in each wave.
Each of the waves will be timed, just like at the regular Bolder Boulder, so it is official.
COVID precautions include runners having to wear masks when starting their 10K and when approaching the finish line (not while out on the run), no water stations, no spectators at the start or finish, and prohibiting runners from hanging out after they finish their run.
*Note that they do not say 'no spectators along the route.'
The cost for the 2021 Bolder Boulder is still $50. You can sign up to run the event 'virtually' as well if you are out of the area.
I've done the 'actual' event twice. It's really something to behold; that last leg when you run onto the track at Folsom Field is amazing. I have friends whose families have taken part in it together for many years. I look forward to getting onto the track at Folsom again.
It's great that they've chosen a Loveland location for 2021; perhaps I'll 'see' you there.
Get more on the 2021 Bolder Boulder HERE.