The iconic BolderBoulder 10k road race is a staple in the Boulder County community. Every year thousands upon thousands of people line up on Boulder’s 30th Street to run, jog or walk the course. Even more people join the finishers at Folsom Field for the Memorial Day Tribute. In honor of the event, we thought it would be fun to share some facts about the race:
- 1979 – the race celebrated it’s first year
- Originally, BolderBoulder founder Steve Bosely wanted to create a kids track meet. Frank Shorter, co-founder of the BolderBoulder, told his friend they should do a road race instead
- 2,700 people participated in the first year
- 5,280 people signed up to run in 1980
- The race was moved to Folsom Field in 1981 when 9,000 registrants quickly outgrew the previous Boulder High School finishing location
- The BolderBoulder pioneered wave starts, which drastically increased participation in 1983. 16,550 people registered
- They also added the Memorial Day Tribute in 1983
- As of 1990, it became the 4th Largest Road Race in the U.S. (today it’s around the 5th)
- Today it is the 2nd Largest 10k in the World (Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia in the largest)
- In 2002, BolderBoulder had the largest non-marathon prize purse awarded at $196,000. It also became the largest timed 10K in the world
- Deployed troops can race the BolderBoulder in various locations around the world. T-shirts are sent ahead of time and they race in their deployed locations. As of 2013, more than 15,000 troops have participated in the BolderBoulder while overseas.
- Around 54,000 people registered in 2016
- Ric Rojas and Sandy Simmons were the first professional race winners.
- BolderBoulder gives medals starting at 6 years old.
- The fastest female 6 year old finished in 48:43 (1999)
- The fastest male 6 year old finished in 48:27 (1991)
- The fastest male to ever race is Josephat Machuka from Kenya in 1995, race time 27:52 (4.4 min mile)
- The fastest women is also from Kenya and in 1995 Delillah Asiago ran the race in 32:13 (5.18 min mile)
- As of 2016
- 8 women and 58 men have completed every single BolderBoulder
- The average age for this group today is 67.6 years old
- The youngest runner first ran at 6 years old, the oldest started at 44