Boulder has been long recognized as a mecca for endurance athletes. Recently, Craig Alexander won his third Ironman title, while Jenny Simpson a former CU Buff took the gold at the World Champs, Emma Coburn won NCAAs and U.S. track titles, along with Taylor Phinney emerging as a top young cyclist along side the Garmin cycling team. While Kenyan and Japanese runners can be seen during the summer months training along the area’s high altitude scenic roads.
Elite rock climbers have also called Boulder home for many years.
Boulder’s athletic legacy will be formally recognized with the inaugural Boulder Sports Hall of Fame during the One World Running fundraiser on October 29th.
The initial class includes:
CLIMBING: Layton Kor a legendary climber, now in his 70s, pioneer of first ascents.
TRIATHLON: Six-time Ironman champion and triathlon pioneer Dave Scott, longtime Boulder resident, considered one of the greatest ever.
CYCLING: Gold medalist Connie Carpenter and Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney.
RUNNING: Frank Shorter, “the man who invented running,” credited with spurring the “running boom” with his 1972 gold medal victory.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: Dan Creedon, long-time Daily Camera sports editor who was instrumental in promoting events such as the Red Zinger, Coors Classic and the Bolder Boulder. Key behind the scenes person in making Boulder the athletic center it is.
Shorter and Scott have confirmed their attendance, and many of Boulder’s elites are expected to show up to honor these greats.
Sat. Oct. 29
Avalon Ballroom, 6193 Arapahoe, 5 p.m.-midnight
Details: www.oneworldrunning.com 720-295-0426
Tickets: $25, fundraiser for OWR, a local 501(c)3 celebrating its 25th year.