Summertime in Colorado might mean the season for road construction, but it’s also the season for run-filled and fun-filled events. In the Boulder area, there are plenty of courses and races to choose from, including the well-known and the up-and-coming.
Here are a few of our favorites:
The BOLDERBoulder is the premier race in Colorado (and a fan-favorite among out-of-towners). Taking place annually on Memorial Day, this 10K race is for professional and recreational runners alike. Whether you’re a runner, a walker, or you start as a runner and turn into a walker, there’s something for everyone.
The BOLDERBoulder draws over 50,000 participants a year and 70,000 spectators, making it one of the most well-known and biggest running events in the world. The finish line is located at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field. All those people cheering as you enter the stadium? Yep, they’re cheering just for you!
The Colorado 13er is known for combining trail running and road racing over 13.1 miles (technically, half a marathon). This June 5th event is staffed with helpful crewmembers who strive to make the race accessible for runners of all levels.
The course winds through Louisville and offers a full view of the Flatirons. Some of the event’s amenities include 10 water stations, 5 bathroom stops, finisher’s medals, iced towels, and the option to run shorter segments.
Boulder Rez Half Marathon
The Boulder Rez Half Marathon takes place on June 11th and features a 10k or 5K course, depending on your preference and/or hamstrings. It attracts runners from across the globe as the million-dollar scenery takes precedence over the annoying Colorado altitude.
The course itself loops around the Boulder Reservoir and is made up of mostly dirt trails. It’s relatively flat with very little elevation gain and plenty of magnificent mountain views to inspire every step.
Boulder Sunrise Triathlon
The Boulder Sunrise Triathlon proves that the early bird gets the workout. It takes place at the Boulder Reservoir on June 26th with registration beginning at 5:30am. It caters to those looking to beat their personal bests as well as those just hoping to finish.
Depending on what course you choose, the triathlon features a 3.1-mile or 6.1-mile run, a 17.3-mile or 26.4-mile bike ride, and a .47-mile or .93-mile swim. It’s a great way to start your morning; you can sleep in on Sunday!
Let Freedom Ring
Let Freedom Ring takes place on Independence Day around Louisville. Runners can opt to sign up for a 5K or a 10K. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite American hero. You can dress as anyone from Wonder Woman to Superman, from Susan B. Anthony to Harriet Tubman, from Cesar Chavez to Benjamin Franklin. Start exercising your creativity; prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!
It’s almost race season and the Boulder area doesn’t disappoint. So, grab your tennis shoes and start training for the finish line.