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Boulder County Races in 2020

Each summer, Boulder’s athletic community gears up for a variety of foot races, triathlons, Ironmans, and the like. However, this summer, many were forced to cancel due to COVID-19 concerns. Fortunately, this fall offers a few opportunities to put that training to the test. Here are some races that are still slated to launch. 

Stroke and Strides 

When: 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, various start times

Where: Boulder Reservoir

Warmer weather brings this much anticipated event to our beloved Boulder every year, but this summer, COVID-19 postponed the start. Working closely with Boulder County, the hosts of this race series made sure that social distancing guidelines could be maintained throughout these Thursday night events. After careful planning and consideration, Strokes and Strides has kicked off once again, much to the delight of Boulder athletes.

Boulder Sunset 10k

When: 8/23, various start times

Where: Boulder Reservoir

This premier race is the largest BBSC endurance event of the season. Soak up the last of summer’s rays and enjoy time spent outdoors with Boulder’s wonderful community. The shorter mileage allows racers of all levels to join, with minimal training. Looking for a last minute activity to get your miles in? The Boulder Sunset 10k is the event! 

Harvest Moon 

When: 9/12, various start times

Where: Boulder Reservoir

This multifaceted race invites participants to register for a triathlon, duathlon, or aquabike. Beautiful Boulder Reservoir provides the course and stunning backdrop for this end of the summer event. For amateurs and well-seasoned athletes, the Harvest Moon is equal parts fun and competitive. 

Oktoberfest Sprint

When: 9/20, various start times

Where: Union Reservoir 

Touted as the “party of the season”, triathletes won’t want to miss this epic race. From goodie bags to raffle prizes, this beginner-friendly course is straightforward and enjoyable. While other races are focused on earning a pedestal spot, Oktoberfest is fun for the whole family. Participants can easily watch from the sidelines and cheer their racer to the finish line! 

First-Ever Boulderthon 

When: 10/11

Where: Downtown Boulder

As the first ever Boulder marathon and half-marathon with a downtown finish, this race will certainly attract runners of all skillsets. Cities like Chicago, New York, and Boston have their large-scale marathons, but Boulder, despite all of its outdoor recreation and fitness mindset, didn’t have a downtown marathon. So, this inaugural event will certainly be one for the books. 

With so much uncertainty surrounding coronavirus closures and reopenings, continue to check back for schedule updates. With additional freetime and beautiful weather, it’s been great getting outdoors and embracing our city’s scenic open space. For those wishing to kick it into high gear, sign up for any of these races! 

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