Bolder Boulder is an annual transition race for our team. Falling the Monday after school gets out in our area, it’s a tradition to wake up early and run the 10K. It’s a rite of passage to run the Bolder Boulder as the course provides more than a challenge of running 6.2 miles.
The alarm goes off very early for this race for our team with most of us leaving the house before 5:40am just to get the start by 6:30am and get into the corrals. Bolder Boulder is unique in that it has waves based on recent 5K/10K times to allow athletes of similar abilities to race with one another. A big goal for many is to make their way into the A, AA, or AB waves as the time equivalents for this race put you in the top 5% of all finishers.
Most of the squad! A few not pictured finishing warm ups!
The team collected early in the back of the Home Depot parking lot. The air buzzing with excitement, the flash of police lights off set the sunrise building in the distance. The air was noticeably heavy as we worked our way towards the start line. Taking a left on to a closed road allowed us the opportunity to get in our warm up. Knowing we had the luxury of time we took our time with our warm up, chatting up summer plans and shaking off pre-race nerves with a few laughs and smiles.
Community is what this race is all about! Photo: @boulderrunner
Time rolled on and we set off for our last few strides allowing us to collect our thoughts and prepare for what was ahead. A few athletes have run this course more than 3 times so they know what they’re getting into. A gentle rise from miles 2 to 4 before a punchy little climb at 4.25 can do a number to the unknowing and is where most athletes seem to fall off pace. Cresting this hill launches you into a controlled downhill before you find yourself heading towards the ramp into Folsom Field. This gut punch of a climb has many athletes questioning their mental fortitude before you hit the field and cruise into the finish line.
The finish line walk is always a great place to find yourself, your friends, your competitors and share a smile and hug for a job well done. This year wasn’t the hottest int he past five but it definitely had noticeable humidity making the air heavier than usual, like breathing through a paper bag!
Maggie holding on for a smile
Jayden and Lily happy with their times
The team did awesome, many with PR’s, a few first time 10K runners, and more than a few slip and slides, bacons stops, and running for the fun of it. This race is often used as a benchmark for athletes, and helps kick off our summer track season. Using spring mileage to help build towards the intensity we’ll add in over summer as we build up towards Junior Olympics.
Notable Team Finishes:
Rachel ALMOST left it all on the course
- Graham Tuohy – 35:58, 128th OA, 3rd in M15
- Coach Brittany – 36:58, 197OA, 1st in F29
- Jayden Miller – 46:23, 1954 OA, 5th in F13 (1:55PR!)
- Ethan Hensley – 39:59.21, 552OA, 29th in M16
Where do we go from here?
Junior Olympics is just around the corner for us. A few of athletes will be tackling the Dirty 30 – 7 Miler this weekend before we shift focus to rubber, spikes, and speed! The summer is about 2 things – preparing for Fall XC and running fast on the track. Our Juniors and Advanced teams focus on the Junior Olympic Track Circuit while our Upper Classmen in High School focus on building mileage, strength, and preparing for a tenacious Cross Country season.
‘What you do in the dark brings you into the light’
See you at the Finish Line!