5 Laps = 5k Colorado’s First Criterium Running Race, the North Boulder Park Classic

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Boulder Classic 5k criterium

It’s back….this great historic bike race with added running criterium too. Don’t miss the podium boys and girls….and champagne.

A historic bike race, the North Boulder Park Classic to be held on Sunday July 10th, adds a new twist to this year’s event: Colorado’s first criterium style running race. This new one of a kind high speed, high stakes race looks to bring a whole new level of excitement to the local road racing scene.

Last year Race Director Donna Shaw brought back a classic, the North Boulder Park Classic. Back in the 70’s the race was one of the stages of the Red Zinger bike race and in the 80’s continued as the Coors International Bicycle Classic. At the height of it’s popularity, it was said that as many as 300,000 people descended upon North Boulder Park to witness the Men’s and Women’s Pro Races.

Last year’s race was such a success she had many people, including those in her Monday night running group No Boundries, suggest she put on a running race as well.

The day starts out at 7:30am with the citizens’ 5 lap/5k and will be highlighted by the Men’s and Women’s Elite races also 5 laps/5k. The lap around North Boulder Park is both challenging and fast. The criterium format will allow fans to see the runners come by multiple times and the leaders sprint for mid race “primes”. Qualifying 5k times for the Elite Men is under 17 minutes and 19 minutes for the women.

“We are looking to make this a really fun event for everyone, the spectators as well as the athletes. We have podium presentations with champagne, flowers, podium girls and boys – the works, we try to make it a big deal.” said Shaw

There will be a kids fun area with jumpy castles, the ever popular Kid’s bike race and PeeWee Rally where everyone is a winner, of course the idyllic park. For the adult set there’s a sports expo, food by Ideal Market and a beer garden. It’ll be one of those magical Boulder days at one of Colorado’s most celebrated parks.

There will be an announcer for both the running and cycling events and local celeb Ryan Van Duzer will be on hand circling through the crowds and getting them riled up in his usual style. Chip timing will be provided by Running Bears.

Shaw also has some great sponsors lined up to help make the morning even more festive including Title Sponsor Flatirons Subaru and supporting partners such as Juwi Solar, White Wave Foods and Ideal Market.

Morning Schedule – Sunday July 10, 2011

7:30am – Citizens’ 5 lap/5k – Prizes/schwag
8:20am – Men’s 5 lap/5k – $300/6 places
8:21am – Women’s 5 lap/5k – $300 places

Stick around to watch the exciting cycling action directly following.

You can find more info on their website and on Facebook. Also be sure to follow them on Twitter, and most importantly, come out, race, spectate and spread the word.



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