Join Our 40 Years BOLD Contest!
Help us Celebrate Our 40th Anniversary!
You never get older, you only get BOLDER! 2018 is a big year for us, and we are celebrating with your best BB photos and stories. So share your boldest BB photos and stories with the hashtag #40YearsBold on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You can also submit them here.
It’s easy. Just post your photos with #40YearsBold between August 21, 2017 and March 1, 2018. BolderBOULDER will use all images to create a large 40 YEARS BOLD photo mosaic design. We will also pick 3 finalists, who will have their BB stories told through our videographer. These will be also shared on social media and our website, where fans can vote for their favorite. If you have an old photo, you know like a real print… just snap a picture on your phone and submit that. Easy peasy. We’d love to see it!
All 3 finalists (and a guest) win a 2018 BolderBOULDER Giveaway including Saturday and Sunday night at the host hotel, 2 BB10K Boldest Packages, 2 spots on the Men’s or Women’s Press Trucks, and 2 VIP Guest Party Invitations. The 3 finalists will also be on the stadium floor after the BolderBOULDER on May 28, 2018 for the #40YearsBold Presentation when we announce the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize Winner also wins a free BolderBOULDER race entry for life.
Your BB10K Story
The Bolder Boulder is one of those events I look forward to year after year. It holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. For one, there was a time when I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to run again. Not long after graduating from college where I competed in cross country and track, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I went from running 70 miles a week with no pain to barely being able to squeeze a tube of toothpaste or walk up stairs without excruciating pain. It took years, but finally finding a medication that worked for me made all the difference and eventually, I was able to run again. The best part of running for me now is the time I get to spend with my teenage daughter Sydney. We’ve gone on so many runs together and travelled to many races but the one we look forward to the most is the Bolder Boulder. It’s truly one of the best mother-daughter days of all time. We love the expo and the moving Memorial Day tribute show just as much as the race itself. So many memories over the years and so many more to come. Happy 40 years Bolder Boulder.
TBT: Throw Back To…19 years ago, our last Bolder Boulder!
This year will be my first BB10k. I’m very excited to be training for this journey and to join my friends for this event. I see their stories annually and have always told myself to do it. It’s difficult because travelling from Alaska for a 10k is expensive but we’re touring colleges down there for my oldest and she’ll be joining us too. Uploaded is one of my training paths.
In the summer of 2008 we decided to move to boulder before finishing college. We knew no one, didn’t have a place to live, and didn’t have jobs. We thankfully quickly got jobs at Safeway and found a sublet. At the time we didn’t know about the BolderBoulder and ended up having to work during the race. At that moment we knew we would be running the race some day. After moving back to the east coast, I surprised my now wife with a trip back to Boulder to run the race in 2015. Once past the finish line I proposed and we were married in Memorial Day weekend 2017 Boulder provided us with the most life changing few months and the BolderBoulder will always be apart of us.
In Feb 2015 I have a blockage in my intestine and had emergency surgery to remove 10 inches of it. I almost died, spent 22 says in the hospital with 2 trips. In April I had the 2nd surgery to remove the bag from the colostomy.
I had been a runner before all of this, but had limited myself to 5ks. I needed a bigger goal post-surgery and set the goal of running, really running, the BolderBoulder.
When you can’t walk 10 minutes even, it seemed like an impossible goal. But I just kept at it, a little at a time.
When I crossed the finish line it was so emotional. I had come so far physically. The stadium was amazing, and what I had accomplished was overwhelming.
Your BB10K Story
I never ran as a child due to my handicap but at the age of 40 I changed that. I started training to do events and soon after was fitted with my first running prosthesis. This picture was of the best BB time I ever did and I think it was 05. the first time I did the BB was in 1996 and I walked it while pregnant with my daughter. The BB is by far my favorite event and I have lost track of how many times I’ve either walked or ran it. Me and 50 thousand of my closest friends. Doesn’t get any better than that!
I ran my first BB several years ago. I was in the Army Reserves and the headquarters were in Boulder. They asked for volunteers so I went. I was a professional runner that weekend! Since then I have run it about 10 more times. This is my favorite race due to the great atmosphere, the pro race event, and the Memorial Day celebration.
This was how we finished the 10k BoulderBolder 2015 the day after we got married, Trevor carried me across the finish line and all of our pub run friends followed behind us! In the CU stadium with 50,000+ runners! So much fun!
My husband had a bone marrow transplant 7 days ago on January 17th, he is my hero and we can’t wait to celebrate another major milestone, life, at the next BoulderBolder!
Our daughter moved to Boulder and we decided to visit. Running the race was a great time and made for a great memory.
Started BB 2nd year of BB .. and have run 30+ BB and love this event from beginning to end.
My boys, Bret & Troy have continued to have running as one of their sports from the time they were little until now that they are healthy young men, thanks to the Bolder Boulder in our home town. Great Job to the Bosley family for putting Boulder on the map as one of the best 10 K’s in the U.S. !!!
Your BB10K Story I ran BB in 1981 in 34 mins plus at my first time at altitude! Thought I was dying ! After moving to Denver at Creigh Kelleys advice I won in 1982 in a time that stood for 14 yrs!
“Life is a participation sport; I never intend to be a spectator.”
“There is no problem that cannot be resolved through positive focus on a long run.”
I live by these two personal mantras that have kept me from surrendering to some of the challenges that life has tossed my way.
Raising two boys as a single mom is never easy, but when the partnering parent has substance abuse issues, the fear of losing either child to the genetic disposition to adapt this behavior is a daily challenge. My goal was to never live in fear, but to empower both boys with a huge sense of personal achievement through running, swimming, cycling, and triathlon.
As a competitive marathon runner, I opted to accept an active role as a volunteer triathlon coach, guiding 26 youngsters on a healthy mind and body experience, teaching them good sportsmanship and sharing my liberating experience as an athletic goal oriented person. For 8 consecutive years, my boys were a part of Team Trilogy, the first sponsored organized youth triathlon team in West Central Florida. The Bolder Boulder was always a target travel race, especially since I left a piece of my heart in Boulder as a CU grad. I’ve remained in the top 10 in my age group every year that I have run — not to bad for a Florida “flatlander”!!
In the summer of 1998, while training for the NYC Marathon, I discovered that I was pregnant, and took on the challenge to remain healthy through my pregnancy by continuing to run. When I crossed the finish line in November at 6 months pregnant, I marked my victory 3 months later by naming my beautiful son “Rayce” (I included a “Y” in the middle of “race” as I was constantly accosted by friends and family about “WHY” (“Y”) I was going to run the race 6 months pregnant. Rayce is now a cross country runner, maintains his fitness, adores sharing the story about the origin of his name, and has declared that his gentile mom’s religion is “Cathletic.”
At 56 years old, I still look forward the Bolder Boulder as an annual family celebration, a reunion of friends, and Boulder is a place that I still consider to be my second home.
In 1981 I came to the Bolder Boulder race to watch 2 friends run the race. I was in the stands weighing 290 lbs. After the race I told my self if they can do it so can I. I lived in Greeley at the time, I was so afraid to let anyone see so I ran in the alleys. At first I couldn’t run a half a block. But keeped trying I started 27th inning further and the weight came off. I came and ran my first Bolder Boulder since then I have run 33 of them. So this race is very important to me. Thanks for your time.
My story starts a few years ago. I was in my 50s and just first wanted to participate in the BB experience. I wasn’t a recreational runner and I didn’t really treat it as a race or spend much time actually training for it. So I entered my first races in the jog/walker or jogger categories and enjoyed the overall experience.
But my competitive side urged me to get more serious about running the entire course and challenging myself to complete the 10k in a respectable time. So my next goal was to complete the course in a time which qualified me as a runner. So a few years ago I started out in the jog/walk category and completed it in the 60-70 minute range which got me into a qualifying runner wave the next year.
I was pleased with this result but realized I could probably do better if I trained more. In 2015 I started following a 10k training schedule and 8 weeks before the race I started working hard with the goal of coming in under 60 minutes. During my training I believed I ran a pace that indicated I could complete the 10k distance under 60 minutes so I was excited for the day of the race. But after the start, I looked down at my watch at the first mile mark and saw I was behind the pace I needed to finish under 60 minutes.
During the race I felt low energy, out of breath, but just thought it was one of those days. I completed the race in 60-70 minutes and was rather disappointed.
I was 58 years old at the time and five days after the BB race I suffered a heart attack.
This was completely unexpected as I have never had any health issues. I received 2 stents and in a matter of weeks was determined more than ever to tackle the BB again as a measure of a return to full health. At the 2016 BB, I was fully recovered and eager to break the 60 minute mark. So I downloaded the BB training schedule which started 10 weeks out. I diligently followed the schedule but halfway thru the training I injured myself during the shorter distance speed training. I rested a few days doing light training and started feeling better, but I re-injured the tendon again 2 weeks before the race and could only do very light training and had to completely rest my leg the week before the race.
As I started the race in 2016, I didn’t know if I had completely recovered from the injury or what kind of condition I was in. I did end up finishing the race in 63 minutes. I was pleased that I was able to finish with the abbreviated training but disappointed once again that I was not able to break the 60 minute mark.
In 2017, now 60 years old, I was determined more than ever to try to break the 60 minute mark and learning from my mistakes, I stuck to a training schedule that wasn’t so difficult on my body. I suffered no injury setbacks during the training and was excited at the starting line. I finished the race in 57:57, a personal best, and was proud to be a recipient of the “conquered your age” award.
In April of 2011, my husband was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a incurable primary brain cancer with around an 18 month survival rate. At 49, my husband and our families life was changed in a moment. We were living in the DC area at the time and made a decision to move back to Des Moines, Iowa. We had spent several years there, had old friends and the smaller community would be easier to navigate and manage care for Frank. During this time, Frank got in touch with some high school friends from California. Although, they had been in touch sporadically throughout the years, they had not seen eachother in decades. As they spoke, they decided that they were going to do a cross country trip in our motorhome from Virginia to Iowa and fish and camp and enjoy eachother’s company. It was on that trip in the summer of 2011 they made the decision that they wanted to run the BolderBoulder together in May of 2012 to show that cancer does not hold you back (nor does turning 50!). Although, Frank had been through several surgeries, chemo and radiation AND turned 50 we all made good on the commitment. These are pictures of him running the race with his friends, our kids and then the whole family. We still come back to celebrate every year and run the BolderBoulder. Frank passed away 1/13/2013.
The Bolder Boulder is one of the most important and exciting days of the year. My dad is a Bolder Boulder Boldist, my mom has only missed two races and the 2018 Bolder Boulder will be my 26th time crossing the finish line in my 25 years of being alive. Our Christmas tree is topped with a Bolder Boulder hat, our guest bedroom is named after the couple that stays with my family the night before the Bolder Boulder (Mike and Chip’s room), my wardrobe is 50% old race shirts and every year my family hosts the Christopher Christopher after the race with about 25 of our friends and family who run the race with us and find us in the stadium. The Bolder Boulder is the simple greatest day of the year in my mind and I hope that I will never miss a single running for the last 7 years I have flown home from NYC immediately following finals or work so that I can run. I have attached a photo of my first BB in ’93 when I was just 71 days old. My mom carried me with my grandparents flanking me on either side. As I got older I would run/walk with my mom and my dad would come and meet us after he finished at around mile 4 and finish with me and my mom. My mom and I used to have a code when I was tired of running that I would squeeze her hand twice for walk and once for run. In middle school I started running on my own in the MSC waves and in high school I was starting in wave AA ahead of all my family and I would simply find them in the stadium later in the day. Every year is special and every year I can’t wait to see what gorgeous day comes to Boulder for another 50K+ to run the streets.
I’ve always been a runner and I decided to share my passion for running with my students when I moved to Colorado. I had heard about the Bolder Boulder and right away made plans to start a BB Racers Club at the elementary school I taught at. It was important for me to show kids how fun running can be! I’ve been a running coach for the past five years and have loved every minute of it. Getting them there on race day is the best and the excitement never dissipates. I love seeing the astonishment light up on their faces when we join all the other runners. For most of them it is their first time running in a major race. I’ve even roped my husband into helping and I know he secretly loves it. This year I will have to take a break from BB Racers to welcome our first baby into the family. I know I’ll miss taking a group of kiddos out. I may just have to watch other people enjoy the Slip n Slide, my favorite part of the run. However, this year will still be a family affair and I plan on crossing the finish line with a new little runner in the making.
We have done the BB for 8 years and each year is more exciting than the last! We love being part of a community that spreads joy, health, kindness, spirit, and love for our world. We hope to be little old ladies 50 years from now, continuing this tradition. Thank you BOLDER BOULDER! We love you!
This isn’t just my story. My son and I always look forward to running the BolderBoulder against each other. We usually set up in the A wave and try to out smart, out pace, out sprint or out maneuver just each other to take the father/son BolderBoulder title for the year. There may be 50,000 other runners out there but for us there is only one real competitor. We have traded titles a few times but win or lose, after focusing on racing on the first attempt at the course, the second attempt is all in reverse. It is all about high fiving other runners, watching all the cool costumes, listening to all the bands and sliding down the slip and slide. The first course is about being Bolder the second is all about enjoying Boulder. Congratulations for 40 years of BolderBoulder.
All the way from Idaho for my 1st BB10K!
I am not a runner, I’m not a fitness personal at all. But when your community puts together an event so large that connects everyone together you have to experience it and be part of it.
I am a Southeast Asian who just moved to Denver metro area in 2016. I walked my first ever BB10k race this year.
I had no idea it would be so much fun. The first 3 miles exciting but afterwards the feet were started to give up because like I said, I’m not a runner and I’ve never walked so much in my life before but the cheers and motivation of everyone around helped me get through this. I can’t wait to be part of it every single year from now. Hopefully it’ll take me less than 3 hours next year. But I tell myself, but late than never. If you put your mind to it, you can do it!
Here’s my BB10K Story!
Mary Lynn Martinez
We love this race, my son and I have been running this race together as a tradition for 9 years. 2018 as you celebrate 40 we will be celebrating 10 years. My son is now 15! His first BB10K was when he was 5! We have been looking forward to Memorial Day every year since. There were times when he was little that I could carry him & we’d hold hands while running. And, though he’s too big for me to carry, we still hold hands through some of the mile markers and for some of the race photographers. Needless to say it’s a fantastic tradition for us! He’s my happiness and my joy! We have a fantastic time running, he enjoys the slip-n-slide every year, we love to watch the parachuters, the fly over, celebrating the veterans, and watching the elite runners! Rain or shine we will continue to make the BB10K our (single mom) mommy and son tradition. Thanks for all the years of fun!
For the past two years, we have had four generations of our family run the Bolder Boulder. This picture is from the 2016 race. It has become a family reunion for us!
My first experience with the Bolder Boulder was this year, 2017, riding in a wheelchair for 5 miles and then slowly walking the last mile. My friends and I were in a horrific car accident Feb 24 where only 2 of the 3 of us survived. We were hit by a drunk driver. It’ll be so awesome next year to see how much improvement my friend and I will have made. I’m still walking slowly but I no longer need the wheelchair. I’ve had 5 surgeries so far with 1-2 more potentially in the future. I belong to the Colorado Obstacle Racers group and have done many, many, many races over the years. This accident severely impacted my life and abilities but I have zero doubts I’ll be getting back to what I love as soon as I’m healed and ready!
Salih Serdar Yavuz
When I was in 2010 at the start in nyc on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge I heard the first time the American anthem. Now i can`t stop listen it! I love America!
I moved to Colorado in 2009 and did my first BolderBoulder in 2011. I have run one ever since. It is beyond my favorite race and look forward to it every year.
Part of what made it my favorite was it was something my husband and I did together. From 2011-2015, we ran it together. January of 2016 he was diagnosed with stage 4 liver/bile duct cancer and was unable to run any longer, which truly bummed him out. He still came with me in both 2016 and 2017 and was my cheerleader, waiting for me at the finish and telling me how proud he was of me. Unfortunately, he lost his battle with this cancer on August 1st, 2017 just days after his 50th birthday. I am planning on running in his memory and honor at the 40th BolderBoulder since it was his favorite race as well.
In 2017 my husband and I ran the Boulder to Boulder 10K with my husband’s cousin Thomas who lives in Colorado.
We had a great time running the entire course together while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
This 10k was a very special race for my husband because he finished!
Back in 2014, my husband was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. Running is something he has participated in for over 20 years and he did not want to quit. Under the care of his cardiologist, he continues running but in a modified manner. He has run all distances:186 marathons including a marathon in every state, countless half marathons, 10ks, 5ks, other distances, and other types of racing as well.
Because of his health he can no longer participate in marathons but he still wants to be as active as possible. The supportive crowds and volunteers at the Boulder to Boulder 10k were awesome. We hope to someday return to Boulder Colorado to participate in the Boulder to Boulder 10k again. Boulder is a race that will help my husband continue putting one foot in front of the other all the way to the finish line.
My story involves my older brother and nephew. They live in Longmont and I live in LA. I have been visiting them for the last few years to run the BB10K. I am proud of my nephew as he starts his running career and has progressively improved his time and is moving up in the corrals. However, I am more proud of my brother who trained and was able to run his first race ever – 2016 BB10k. After many months, soreness, injury to his knee, and other set backs, he was able to complete the race. It proves that with determination, you can do anything.
After getting a Fitbit for Christmas 2016, my resting HR was 94. That was the wakeup call I needed to take responsibility for my health.
Nine months later, 40 lbs lighter, HR 60, starting to run and my goal is to do the BB10 in 2018 in less than an hour! Not a spectacular time but OK for my age – 65. See you there in May!
Victor M Hernandez
2017 was my first race. I train very well and I plan to do it for 2018 making a new personal record.
Our son and his family run Bolder Boulder every year and they have been for 5 or 6 years now. My husband and I just volunteered for first time 2017 and it was quite the experience. We were blown away with the excitement of all parties involved, the beautiful outfits, the driven desire of people all ages and with or with out inflections, wheel chairs, bikes etc.
We were in awe of the explosive inspiration we experienced being involved with the most organized, thorough organization we have ever seen.
My BB10k story is I love doing races and my family does 5ks constantly. I am on my Wyoming High School cross country team and running the BolderBOULDER has become a family tradition. When the idea was first brought up I said, “What’s a 10k?” My mother explained that it was double what Im used to running. I quickly said, “LETS DO IT!!!”
I am a CU 2003 graduate. I’ve been adventuring around the US with my Army Aviator husband ever since. It was May 2010, my husband’s first deployment, and my first Bolder Boulder! It was a VERY special day, and I got to share it with my mom, Lynn Bruskivage. Now, we have two young sons and I run the BB whenever I am in town because it is a patriotic party that means so much to our family! My husband is currently on his 4th deployment.
My daughters have run BB for several years and I decided upon turning 65 that it was time to join them. Okay, so I walked it, but it wasn’t so far from a jog… If we’re lucky, I’ll have a pregnant daughter next year and we can walk together! I fly in from NYC specially for this event.
The BB 2014 was the first and only my daughter, Ainsley, and I ever ran. After fighting depression for many years, she took her life in February of 2015 – she was 20 years old. Running was “our thing”. Getting back into it after she passed was difficult. Bringing myself to run another BolderBoulder, even harder. I hope to join you again in 2018 for your 40th. I have to keep running until I see her in heaven some day. She would want it and I want it, too!
My husband and I had been wanting to run a 10k together for awhile. Having run the BolderBoulder in the past and loving it, I suggested we do it together. We both have loved ones that have served making it even more meaningful to us. It was a privilege to run with their names on our backs. Hoping to do it again with our little one now=0)
Your BB10K StoryMy first Boulder Boulder Race was in 2017 2 Weeks prior to doing Boulder IRONMAN at aged 76. Looking forward to coming back for the Boulder Boulder 10 K and Ironman Boulder on June 10 th 2018.
Long before sky divers and the Folsom Field finish, I ran in the very first Bolder Boulder back in 1979. I was just 16 years old. I ran the race at the urging of my High School Cross Country coach, Tim Cronin, you may have heard of him. Coach Cronin was friends with Ric Rojas, Rich Castro, and Frank Shorter, which gave him a whole lot of running credibility with us high schoolers, aside from the fact that he could out run any of us. He used to get hand me down promo running shoes from Ric Rojas and give them to us. Didn’t matter that they already had a few miles on them, I was lucky enough to be the same shoe size! Bolder Boulder 1979 was my first 10k race and I needed some encouragement to cough up entry fee, I think it was about $8! I’m sure the lure of a post-race whole wheat crust pizza at the original Old Chicago Pizza on the Pearl Street Mall was a driving force to get me to sign up. I ran the race as best I could and I remember being pretty happy with my finishing time. A couple of weeks post-race; I received a letter in the mail from the Bolder Boulder. It seems I ranked 3rd in my age group and won a $10 gift certificate to Frank Shorter sports! I cashed that GC in for a school color pair of red and white stripe, Dolphin brand running shorts. I went on to run the Bolder Boulder several more times and watched it grow into the main event it has become. I’ve since moved away from Colorado and currently live in Atlanta, where they hold a 10k on the 4th of July. Although, the city is very proud of their event, I haven’t competed in it because I feel it would be disrespectful to my home state of Colorado and the grand nature of the Bolder Boulder. Since my days running in Colorado, I have added a few half marathons and a couple of marathons to my list of races, and last year I revisited Boulder to compete in the Boulder Ironman 70.3. This year, I’m 55 years old and come October, I’ll be competing in my first full Ironman and it all started with a little local 10k called the Bolder Boulder.
Bolder Boulder 2015.
I’m a huge Buff’s Football fan and I wanted to get people excited about the upcoming season, so I ran the Bolder Boulder in my C U Football Helmet. Ended up running a good time and getting a lot of people shouting “Go Buffs” at me. The only problem I ran into (pun intended) was I had a difficult time drinking water at the hydration stations.
I didn’t run the BB in 2016 or 2017 because I ruptured my Achilles’ tendon (skiing) and had it surgically repaired in March of 2016, but will be ready to run in 2018 (with my Buff Helmet).
The Bolder Boulder is an integral part of our Colorado family tradition. For the last several years , I have had the sincere pleasure of running with my brother and fellow CU Med Alum–Drs. Madhu Iyengar and Brian Berman. Not only are they experts in gastroenterology and neurology, respectively, they both claim to be experts in explaining to me why I will never run as fast as they do. Thanks BB for an annual, always memorable family experience. – Srinivas Iyengar
My sister and I grew up in Boulder and we both graduated from CU. We are both now in our late 50s. We participated in our first Bolder Boulder in 2015. I was 9 months post total knee replacement, so it was a big deal to be able to do a 10K.
We did again in 2017 & are already registered for 2018. My sisters registration is her 60 year old birthday present from me.
I moved to Denver in late 2012. It was through running social events I met many friends. In May, of 2013, I attended my first BB with a large group of friends and other mutual friends. I saw and talked to Hannah for the first time at BB 2013. We started dating later in the year. We returned in 2014 since we both love Boulder and that is where we met. When 2015 rolled around, I worked out a finish line marriage proposal for the big screen and announcement. Without hesitation, we returned to run in 2016 as an engaged couple. We just got married in Boulder in January of 2017 and ran our first BB as a married couple in May of this year. Hannah and I have both run the last 5 consecutive times (our only times running BB) and expect to find our way back every year moving forward.
This last year was my first year at the Bolder Boulder. I flew out from Portland, OR with 4 of my co-workers to join a few others that we work with. This was my first run of any kind, and it was one of the most fun things I have ever done! We had a blast meeting people and hanging out along the way, and Boulder was so beautiful! We’ll definitely be back next year to help celebrate 40 years! #40YearsBold