There are some new changes for this year that have many people re-thinking their race day strategies.
A New Start
In its first major course change in over 30 years the BolderBoulder has changed the start line of this iconic race just over 1k south of its previous location at 30th and Iris. The new starting line is at 30th and Walnut Street adjacent to the Twenty Ninth Street Mall.
Runner waves will start at 7am sharp to this year’s official starter: CU’s Athletic Director Mike Bohn. Make sure you check for your wave start time.Volunteers carrying signs that match your wave will be marking the starting area. If you have any questions, the Bolder Boulder Ambassadors in yellow shirts will be around to answer questions.
The course is marked at every kilometer and every mile. The race is chip timed by IPICO Sports Timing and you will get splits every mile as you pass over their timing mats. Make sure you bring your tag and have it attached to your shoe (or close for bare footers).
Instead of blasting down 30th for the first 1200 meters, which leads to the most gregarious to go out with the best in the field, this year, the route will start out on a slight uphill grade. It really isn’t much but it has lead to much discussion around how much slower this the times will be this year. Check out the course and elevation profile on Garmin Connect.
Transportation and Parking
The runner drop offs will be along 28th Street just south of Arapahoe and on Arapahoe just east of 3oth. According to the map runners can park at the Twenty Ninth Street mall in the surface lots and underground parking. Just DON’T get stuck on Pearl Parkway, this is reserved for RTD buses.
There are still plenty of parking lots and surface parking around. You can view an interactive map online. Just click the Transportation tab.
RTD offers a carefree RunRide service which will cost you between $8-10. Make sure to check the schedule and allow plenty of time before your start.
Remember that its easy to go into oxygen debt quickly at altitude so keep cool and go out on pace. Enjoy the energy as you roll through the first few miles. Wave to the belly dancers at the top of Folsom Street, glide down the slip and slides, try to hear the tunes as you pass by, and all with a big smile on your face because Brightroom will be there to capture the moment. Push hard down the final stretch along Folsom, you are almost done. Pump your fist as you enter the stadium to throngs of spectators.
Grab your goody bag, go find your friends, enjoy the Race Day Expo but make sure you stick around for some exciting racing in the International Team Challenge.
Professional Race at 11am
Ryan Hall will lead the US men to compete against the dominating Ethiopian team and 9 other international teams.
The Men’s and Women’s International Team Challenge starts at 11am and are expected to finish between 11:30 and 11:40 in Folsom Stadium, so plan accordingly!!
TheDenverChannel.com will offer extended coverage of the race and will offer live streaming beginning at 7am. Runners will also be able to find themselves crossing the finish line on the site as well.
Root Sports (Comcast channel 26) will produce a one-hour program featuring the International Team Challenge, which will be aired the following week June 5 @ 6pm, June 7 @ 3pm, June 11 @ 4pm, June 17 @ noon and June 18 @3pm.