The BOLDERBoulder is not your ordinary event. There is a lot more to the day than just the 10K, and you have a lot of options to make your race perfect.
When is the BOLDERBoulder?
The professional push rim race is the first wave, starting at 6:50am followed by the “A” wave at 6:55am. From 6:55am to approximately 9:22am the other 100 waves will launch. Check the wave start times schedule for details. The International Team Challenge begins at 11:13am (women) and 11:23am (men), and will finish inside the stadium between 11:45 and 11:56am. The Memorial Day Tribute begins in the stadium at 12:00pm. Join us, it’s gonna be packed!
Start times are subject to change.
How do the waves work?
We invented and perfected the wave start. We want you to run, jog or walk at your speed, so there are over 100 waves in the BOLDERBoulder, each organized by pace. Only the first 31 waves (sub-68 minute pace) require proof of qualification. You can register for any of the subsequent waves without qualifying. This way, you can run/jog/walk with runners like yourself, and not get lost in a mass start. Learn more about how waves work.
Can I change waves once I register? Yes.
If you want to change waves or run in a qualified wave, we can make that happen, assuming there are still bibs available in the wave you want. For $10, bib changes can be done at the solutions tent on race day or through our race office. To request a bib change, please email us. Keep in mind that you won’t be allowed to move up to a faster wave on race day.
What If I can't run this year?
All registrations are automatically backed by our BOLDER GuaRUNtee.
It means if you sign up for the BOLDERBoulder and don’t participate for whatever reason, we will roll your registration over to next year’s BOLDERBoulder for only $20. And, you won’t need an excuse from your mom or a note from your doc.
It’s easy. We’ll send you a personal rollover code for next year’s race. You, of course, get to keep your shirt and any other items you ordered.
Race entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable under any and all circumstances including cancellation or postponement.
Do I need to qualify? Only for the first 31 waves.
You only need to qualify if you want to run in the first 31 start waves. Here’s how you can qualify:
- Use last year’s BOLDERBoulder 10K time: Anything 1:08:00 or faster gets you in the perfect qualified wave for your pace.
- Use last year’s ColderBOLDER5K time: Anyone who finished faster than 32:38 minutes automatically gets in a qualified wave. Check your results.
- Use last year’s FORTitude 10K time: Anything 1:08:00 or faster gets you in the perfect qualified wave for your pace. Check your results.
- Use other races: Any timed race between two miles and a marathon completed within one year of the upcoming BOLDERBoulder gets you in a qualified wave. Check the Equivalent Times Chart to see how your race time translates to a 10K time.
Can I start with friends or family? Yes.
We can help you start with your family or friends; the rest of the day is up to you. If you want to be in the same start wave, register everyone online or in person at the same time. Enter the names of those you want to run with in the appropriate field. Qualifying rules still apply, and everyone in your group will be placed in the slowest person’s wave (it helps if everyone chooses the same participant type).
Does Folsom Field have a clear bag policy? Yes.
Yes, CU Stadium has a clear bag policy! The CU’s Clear Bag Policy is strictly enforced at Folsom Field. They allow you to bring in one clear bag no larger than 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches, or a one-gallon resealable clear plastic bag, into the stadium. Small camelbacks (with size restrictions 14.4 x 10 x 2.4 in / 36.5 x 25.4 x 6.1 cm), fanny packs no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, small clutches no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, flip belts and medically necessary items will be allowed. We have seven aid stations available that serve water and nuun hydration, snack bags at the finish line, as well as other food and beverages that can be purchased. We’re celebrating in CU’s house, so we follow their house rules. Clear bags are becoming the norm at athletic venues across the nation. They aid in increasing participant safety and decreasing the waiting time to enter stadiums. For more information on the CU Clear Bag Policy, click here.
Is there parking and transportation? Yes.
There are lots of ways to get around. Learn more about parking and transportation here.
- Get on the bus: Whether you live in Boulder, Denver, Longmont, or anywhere in between you can catch the RTD RunRide service to the race.
- Turn your run into a brick workout, with a bike ride: Both the start and finish areas are close to the Boulder Creek Path. Once you get to Twenty Ninth Street there are many available bike racks. The paths along 30th Street will be closed from 5am to 9:30am, but 29th Street provides an easy alternative.
- Buddy up on driving: Drop offs are located near the start line at two separate points: The right lane of westbound Arapahoe Ave. between 38th St. and 30th St, or on the northbound 28th St. Frontage Road between Colorado Ave. and Arapahoe Ave.
- Parking: Paid Parking near the finish line is available on the CU campus south of Colorado Ave. and Regent Dr. Learn more about pre-paid parking here.
Is there anything I can't do? Just a few things.
In order to keep everyone on their feet, we don’t allow pets, strollers, inline skates, and costumes that extend beyond the body. Read more about our Safety and Rules.
What do I get in my race package?
Other races are giving less and less, but we work hard to give you more. Beyond the beautiful setting and amazing finish, you’ll experience the Memorial Day Tribute and on course bands. You’ll also receive a BOLDERBoulder race T-shirt and a commemorative lunch bag with treats and a refreshing beverage from Avery Brewing (other refreshments available). You can also upgrade to a performance technical tee or a long-sleeve shirt. Plus, our race sponsors and partners offer more samples and discounts than you could shake a timing tag at.
What if I lose my bib?
No problem. For $10 we can issue you a new bib at the solutions tent on race day or through our race office. To request a new bib, please email us.
Where can I find my results?
We know that most times, it’s all about your time. That’s why BOLDERBoulder has got the most seamless, advanced results of any 10K in the world.
Online Results: We will post unofficial results online on race day, and later in June you will get an official finisher certificate with full dash-board readout about your race.
Get your results through the BOLDERBoulder Runner Tracker App: Download the BOLDERBoulder app to view your unofficial results on race day. Our app offers live runner tracking and all of your race day needs including sponsor offers!
Is there a BOLDERBoulder app? Yes.
Are there lockers? Yes.
We offer a Mobile Locker service ($5 pre-race or $10 race day), where you can drop your gear at a truck on the southeast corner of 30th & Walnut and it will be waiting for you outside the stadium when you finish. Items left at Mobile Locker compliant with the CU Clear Bag Policy can be picked up inside the Clear Bag Perimeter and brought into the stadium. Bags that don’t meet the CU Clear Bag Policy will still be accepted at Mobile Locker and can be picked up outside of the Clear Bag Perimeter near the stadium. Any clothing left on the ground or fencing in the start area will be immediately donated to charity. We want everyone to have what they need on race day. Plan ahead and help us keep all of the BOLDERBoulder participants, volRUNteers and spectators safe! The University of Colorado Clear Bag Policy is strictly enforced at Folsom Field. BOLDERBoulder runners and spectators may bring one clear bag no larger than 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches, or a one-gallon resalable clear plastic storage bag, into the stadium. Small camelbacks (with size restrictions 14.4 x 10 x 2.4 in / 36.5 x 25.4 x 6.1 cm), fanny packs no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, small clutches no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, flip belts and medically necessary items will be allowed. We have seven aid stations available that serve water and nuun hydration, snack bags at the finish line, as well as other food and beverages that can be purchased. Clear bags, which are becoming the norm at athletic venues across the nation, aid in increasing participant safety and have been found to decrease the waiting time to enter stadiums. For more information on the University of Colorado Clear Bag Policy, click HERE.
Where are the Packet Pick Up Locations?
The BOLDERBoulder is excited to partner with many locations up and down the front range for FREE packet pick up. Our main packet pick-up locations in Boulder are the Boulder Running Company, Avery Brewing, and at the Sports Exhibit on the Pearl Street Mall on race weekend. You can choose any of our participating locations as you register and check out.
Can I bring a camelback?
Small camelbacks (with size restrictions 14.4 x 10 x 2.4 in / 36.5 x 25.4 x 6.1 cm), fanny packs no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, small clutches no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, flip belts and medically necessary items will be allowed. We have seven aid stations available that serve water and nuun hydration, snack bags at the finish line, as well as other food and beverages that can be purchased.