Our Historical Milestones

1979 : The Dream Begins

The innaugural BolderBOULDER finished at North Boulder Park. We even provided accurate timing at this very first race. Age Group Champions were awarded Medals, and all participants were provided Finisher Certificates. Ric Rojas and Sandy Simmons won the first professional races.

Registrants
2,700

1980 : Turn It Up to 10K Baby!

The event more than doubled in size, which required changing the finish to Boulder High School. Live entertainment and bands were added to the celebration.

Registrants
5,280

1981 : Moved to Folsom Field

The race grew beyond our wildest expectations. It was now so large that we changed the finish again to the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field, where it remains the perfect venue to this day. We also added Corporate and Family Teams to the field. Race co-founder and Olympic Marathon Champion Frank Shorter won the race.

Registrants
9,000

1983 : Created the Wave Start

We established the “Wave Start” to let everyone run at their own pace. Participants are put into groups from fastest runners to slowest joggers, with staggered start times for each group. We established the Memorial Day Tribute to honor the men and women who serve our country during peace and war.

Registrants
16,550

1984 : Pro Race Follows Citizen’s Race

The men’s and women’s Pro Race followed the Citizen’s Race so that all finishers could watch and cheer them into CU Stadium. Walking waves were also added.

Registrants
17,400

1990 : Introduced Pro Wheelchair Race

We introduced the Pro Wheelchair Race, which to this day continues to start the BolderBOULDER every year. Since its inception Saul Mendoza (12 wins) and Shirley Reiley (6 wins) have dominated the competition. BolderBOULDER was recognized at this time to be the 4th Largest Road Race in the US.

Registrants
26,470

1991 : Race Director of the Year

Founder Steve Bosley was Recognized as Race Director of the Year. Also hosted the High Altitude National 10k Championships.

Registrants
31,103

1992 : Created the RaceDayEXPO

Created the RaceDayEXPO to provide a way for spectators to learn about the latest running gear and sample products.

Registrants
35,080

1994 : Created the Middle School Challenge

The Middle School Challenge was developed to encourage students to participate in after-school fitness programs and develop a life-long commitment to health and fitness. The program was renamed the BBRacers Club in 2010 and expanded to include elementary schools.

Registrants
35,750

1998 : International Team Challenge

Pro race format changed to the International Team Challenge, with three member teams from 26 countries competing for team and individual awards. Celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the BolderBOULDER.

Registrants
40,145

2002 : Largest Non-Marathon Prize Purse

The largest non-marathon prize purse is awarded at $196,000. Congressional Medal of Honor recipients are now honored at the Memorial Day Tribute.

Registrants
45,822

2004 : Largest Timed 10k in the World

The BolderBOULDER becomes the largest timed 10k in the world.

Registrants
47,454

2007 : Introduced Electronic Tag Timing

Electronic Tag Timing is introduced to provide even more accurate timing. First race to provide finish times and mile splits for every single participant.

Registrants
50,816

2011 : Start Line Moved Closer to the Finish

The start line is moved for the first time since 1979 to 30th and Walnut. This puts the start line closer to the finish and eases traffic inside the course. A record 54,554 people register.

Registrants
54,554

2014 : Created the Bolder GuaRUNtee

Created the Bolder GuaRUNtee to allow people who miss the event to roll their registration over to the following year — a first for the running event industry.

Registrants
52,115