Every Memorial Day for the past 36 years, runners have congregated in Boulder, CO, for the annual BolderBOULDER 10K race. Voted by Runner’s World as “America’s All-Time Best 10K,” the event has grown from 2,700 runners in its inaugural year, to over 50,000 participants in 2014, including Olympians and elite runners from all over the world. This year, Headweats Senior Account Manager Jack Cochran and Headsweats Ambassador Aimee Newman, had the opportunity to experience BolderBOULDER in all its glory. Here are their first-hand accounts of one of the most famous races in the world!
Headsweats Senior Account Manager Jack Cochran ran his 6th annual BolderBOULDER race with the “Beyond Limits” team, a group of athletes with physical and developmental disabilities who work together, with the help of mentors and coaches, to achieve personal goals. The team trains together twice a week, with all team members pushing and encouraging one another as they tackle their individual goals. In the twelve years that the Beyond Limits team has participated in BolderBOULDER, not a single member has failed to finish the race.
This year we had 3 PR’s from the 3 fastest people. John Austin is the most handicapped of the group- He was run over by a car when he was 3 and in a coma for 1 year and has brain damage. He’s now 42 and has finished Bolder Boulder for 16 straight years.”
Headsweats Ambassador Aimee Newman also ran BolderBOULDER. Here’s her race recap:
“This Memorial Day I ran the BolderBOULDER 10K for the first time! I went in knowing that is was going to be a big race, the biggest 10K in America in fact, but really didn’t grasp what that meant until after I finished and Folsom Field filled up with runners from all walks (or should I say runs) of life. This is an amazing community event that brings in runners from all over the country and world.
BolderBOULDER has fantastic and FUN crowd support. The race brings out local bands, dancers and other performers as well as less traditional race offerings including slip’n’slide stations, free beer, water gun fights, and jello-GU-shots. There were roughly 55,000 runners – I placed 6211 overall and 41st in my division. I was definitely happy to be sporting my HeadSweats visor because it got hot fast! No sweat in this Funfitgirl’s eyes!
I really loved the BolderBOULDER and plan on doing it every year that I can. I think the event has grown from a simple race into a lasting community event that celebrates Memorial Day in a beautiful way.”