Well I feel ashamed I have not yet recounted the results of the BolderBOULDER yet. It’s been nearly three weeks… but a fun and crazy three weeks it’s been. After Samantha, aka Miss Bakenburn, and her hubby departed Colorado, the hubs and I hosted another guest, had an amazing weekend trip to Vegas, and continued preparing for another 10K. I’ve decided our home is much more like a bed and breakfast than a home, which is perfect because I love being the hostess with mostest!
But back to the BolderBOULDER… I am easily distracted on Fridays. This is honestly one of my favorite running events. It is so much more
than just a race. The BolderBOULDER, or BB for short, is a massive celebration for Memorial Day. It honors our nation’s Veterans with ROTC running units, military personnel parachuting into the CU Boulder stadium, and an incredible tribute at the very end. Even if you don’t run the race, watching the excitement and participating in the spectacle are well worth it. 50,000 people participate each year, so it’s a pretty big event!
Our day began at 6:00am, when we left for Boulder. Typically it is a 45 minute drive from my home south of Denver to Boulder. Given the enormity of the BB, I gave myself plenty of time. We hit some unnecessary traffic due to a cop car on the side of the highway, but made it to the parking garage on CU Boulder’s campus by 7:30am. Our wave, FL (one of nearly 100 waves), was set to depart at 7:39:50am, but after the walk to the start line and stop at the bathroom, we arrived 5 minutes late. Luckily you can always start in a later wave than your assigned one, and so we were off with group GA!
We started the race at a good, easy pace, taking in the sights and sounds. There are bands and performers located all throughout the course. Seriously though, there are 36 groups performing over 6.2 miles – that’s pretty amazing! Each kilometer and mile are marked, including the highest point of the race, Casey Hill, at 5,391 feet located just after mile marker 4. We ran fairly steady with our friends until just about mile 3. Elevation can be a beast when you aren’t used to it, and because you can’t “see” elevation, you don’t really think about it until it is hard to breath. On a vacation to Colorado before moving here, I experienced elevation sickness, and I felt absolutely horrid. We didn’t want them to go through that mid-race. At that point the hubs and I went on ahead so our friends could get into a comfortable rhythm and ease their pace a bit.
The hubs and I ran all the way through to the finish, constantly commenting on how much easier it was this year. Last year’s BB was our very
first race, after only discovering running 3 months prior (and starting a running career at altitude no less)! While we had a blast, it wasn’t easy. This year, however, was a breeze. We were able to enjoy the belly dancers, local bands, Irish Step Dancers, the group of fiddlers, the cupcake break, doritos, and slip-n-slides so much more.
By far, the best part of the race is the end. You run up Folsom Road into the side entrance of the CU Boulder stadium, then loop ¾ of the way around the stadium with spectators and completed runners cheering you on. It’s a barrage of sound, excitement, and glory. In that moment, you feel like a pro! Needless to say, the hubs and I locked hands and sprinted through the finish line. After crossing, you work your way through perfectly calculated post-race check-points: first timing tag removal and finisher photos, then Gatorade and water, and finally lunches in bright green lunch bags and beers for those of age. You emerge from the stadium into an impressive post-race expo with local and big-name vendors scattering the campus.
After meeting up with Samantha and her hubby, we wandered the Expo for a bit and then decided to head back to Denver for a delicious barbeque and cocktails. Ultimately it was the perfect Memorial Day weekend, and I cannot wait to run it again next year!
As I mentioned, the very next week one of my hubby’s dearest friends from high school and college came to stay for a few days before throwing his other friend’s camping bachelor party. It was a great visit, and was the perfect way to kick off my birthday week! He arrived on that Wednesday and we went to Barolo Grill, an incredible Italian restaurant nestled in the Cherry Creek district of Denver. What makes this restaurant so phenomenal is the dedicated wait staff. Each year, the restaurant sends its staff, and of course chefs and line cooks, to Italy to learn more about the cuisine, the wine, and the culture of food in Tuscany (makes me want to be a waitress again!). The service is excellent, the food divine, and I got an amazing little treat for my birthday. What can I say? I don’t celebrate the day, I celebrate the month! The next month we went to my favorite steak house of all time, Del Frisco’s, home of the best filet Oscar and the VIP – Svedka Clementine Vodka infused with fresh Hawaiian pineapple. INCREDIBLE. May and June are turning into some amazing months for friends, fun and food!
This weekend marks 2 big things: Father’s Day and the US Open (golf of course people). The hubs began watching the first round yesterday, and is so thrilled for the weekend. I see gin and tonics in our future… But besides that, the hubs and I are running the Denver Father’s Day 10K this weekend! We wanted to get a 10K in the books together, and as it is also puppy daddy day, we thought it’d be fun to do something together that we both enjoy. This race will take us through north Denver, in the Stapleton area. It’s looking like it’ll be a perfect weather day – mid-80’s, partly cloudy, and a light breeze!
Any plans for the weekend and Father’s Day? Have you ever run the BolderBoulder – what did you think? Are you going to watch the US Open? Any predictions on the victor?