Photo courtesy of The Boulder Track Club

Photo courtesy of The Boulder Track Club

BolderBOULDER, America’s All-Time Best 10K, announced today a new program for competitive and club team runners. The Club Team Championship is a free program offered to club teams both locally and nationally who want to be scored within their team as well as compete against other running clubs. The winning teams receive prize money that will be donated back to their respective club.

The Club Team Challenge was created in-part to showcase the many talented post-collegiate distance athletes living and competing in Colorado. Each year the BolderBOULDER has over 600 racers that finish the race at a sub-forty minute time. This is compared to other national races it’s size like the Atlanta Peachtree Road race, that see an average of 300 athletes run the 10K distance in forty minutes or less.

 “We really wanted to show the world how fast Boulder is and promote the athletes who run our race at a very competitive level outside of the International Team Challenge. This new competition raises the stakes for club runners and gives them a chance to earn acclaim for their teams on a big stage,” said race director Cliff Bosley.

To participate in the Club Team Championship, all men must qualify for the “A” wave with a sub-38:00 10K or equivalent time and register for the “A” wave.  All women must qualify with a sub 40:00 10K or equivalent time and register for the “A” or “AA”.  All athletes must register for the BolderBOULDER online or at the BolderBOULDER Twenty Ninth Street store by May 1st, 2013. Teams must also turn in a Club Team Championship form listing team members.

Trent Briney is the Race Team Manager for the newly formed Boulder Running Company-Brooks running team. The 8 member team is comprised of five men and three women representing a range of age groups, who are strong athletes and “ambassadors to our sport.”

The team may not be as competitive as its elite BRC adidas team who will be looking to improve on its rivalry with the Boulder Track Club, but Briney stated, “It will be fun to have a team environment within the race. It will keep you motivated to keep going and to bring out the best in ourselves.”

Matt Smith is the Race Team Manager for the Runners Roost and had this to add, “Runners Roost is excited that there will be a team competition this year.  For the last 5 years, we have invested a significant amount of time and energy into our race team program which now has over 150 athletes spanning the field from nationally recognized, podium finishers to first time runners.  It’s always fun and exciting to have a little friendly competition between Colorado race teams and Roost will have over 50 athletes on course at the Bolder Boulder.”

With up to $1,700 in prize money up for grabs, the top men’s and women’s teams earn $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place. The prize money will be awarded to the winning clubs.

For more information about registering a team for the Club Team Championship please visit http://media.bolderboulder.com/Club_Team_Race_Flier.pdf. The Bolder BOULDER takes place May 27th, 2013.