NoBo Classic 5k builds on nostalgia of the classic bike race

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In 1975, Mo Siegel — Celestial Seasonings Tea Company founder — backed a stage race and called it the Red Zinger. It was a three-day event that included the North Boulder Park criterium, a venue that soon became very popular with the fans. The event grew and in 1980 the race took on a new sponsor becoming the Coors International Bicycle Classic and was directed by Boulder’s own Michael Aisner.

Racing in North Boulder Park featuring Ric Rojas (center) and Frank Shorter (right)

Racing in North Boulder Park featuring Ric Rojas (center) and Frank Shorter (right)

The North Boulder park also has a long history with running. in 1979 Ric Rojas won the inaugural Bolder Boulder which finished at North Boulder Park at the same finish line as the NoBo Classic 5k. Olympic Gold Medalist and Bolder Boulder Co-Founder Frank Shorter was often seen doing repeats at the park and won that race in 1981.

In 2005 the criterium bike race returned to North Boulder Park and in 2011, race director Donna Shaw added a running race to the mix. Five laps around park, each approximately 1k in distance offer a challenging yet scenic race that is spectator friendly.

The Citizen’s 5k gun will fire at 8:00 A.M. on Sunday June 9th. At 8:40 the kids will run either a 1k or 2k race of their choice.

Stick around to watch the bike races that start almost immediately afterwards and after noon enjoy a free craft beer when you present your race bib.

You can Register online at or in person at Fleet Feet Sports Boulder for $16.

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North Boulder Classic 5k
Sunday Jun 9, 2013
8:00 a.m. start time

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