For many Coloradans, Memorial Day means three things: honoring those who died for our freedom, starting up barbecue season, and renewing the right to wear white pants without scorn. But for a large number of fitness-oriented residents, today marks an opportunity to run the Bolder Boulder. This ten-kilometer event -- run or walk --will be released in 68 waves starting at 7 a.m. Runners who can verify that they are able to complete the course in under an hour are grouped in the top seventeen waves. The race, which began 25 years ago with an event that attracted 2,700 runners, is expected to draw over 45,000 participants.
In addition to getting a good workout, contestants will be helping various local non-profit organizations and charities, including the Boulder Public Schools, the Salvation Army and the Rape Crisis Center. More than $1 million has been raised over the course of the past 24 races, a fact that should silence any gripes about the $22 entrance fee.
If you haven't already registered online at www.bolderboulder.com or at Crossroads Mall, you can do so in person this morning at First National Bank of Colorado, at the intersection of 30th and the Diagonal in Boulder, where the race begins. Call 303-444-RACE for information regarding team registration and post-race events. -- Dustin Jacobs
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