The Bolder Boulder, a Memorial Day tradition since it was co-founded in 1979 by Steve Bosley and Olympic medalist Frank Shorter, attracts over 50,000 participants each year. On May 25, 2009 organizers signed the race’s 1,000,000th entrant.
Recreation & Sports
With a sunny, temperate climate, an abundance of nearby recreational areas, and a full range of activities to choose from, it’s no surprise Boulder was recently rated the “#1 Sports Town in America” by Outside Magazine.
Boulder is surrounded by over 45,000 acres of open space and has over 150 miles of public hiking and biking trails including the Boulder Creek Path, a trail featuring pedestrian and bicycle lanes that runs through the middle of town. Boulder Canyon is only a 10-minute drive from downtown Boulder and Eldora Mountain Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park) are less than an hour away.
Both recreational and serious athletes enjoy Boulder. A number of Olympians and professional athletes live and train in the area and Boulder residents are among the elite who participate in premier competitions including the city’s Bolder Boulder, one of the nation’s largest 10k races.
The University of Colorado Boulder is a member of the Pac-12 Conference. In addition to CU Buffs football at Folsom Field, locals enjoy watching basketball, volleyball and soccer games on campus. The university also has intercollegiate cross country, track & field, skiing, golf, and tennis teams.
Major league games are a short drive away. Nearby Denver is home to eight professional sports teams including the Colorado Avalanche (NHL Hockey), Colorado Crush (AFL Arena Football), Colorado Mammoth (NLL Lacrosse), Colorado Rapids (MLS Soccer), Colorado Rockies (MLB Baseball), Denver Broncos (NFL Football), Denver Nuggets (NBA Basketball), and Denver Outlaws (MLL Lacrosse).