Today, the BOLDERBoulder and Douglas County officially announced the Douglas County Greenland Open Space Trail as the sixth, in-person location for this Memorial Day weekend 10K event, previously run entirely in Boulder, Colorado.
Last week, organizers of the BOLDERBoulder announced that the traditional BOLDERBoulder could not be staged this Memorial Day due to public health restrictions associated with the COVID-19 virus.
Not wanting to lose its Memorial Day Tradition, the BOLDERBoulder has created a unique Memorial Day Weekend experience called BOLDER ON THE RUN 10K. Since participants cannot run the race in Boulder, the BOLDERBoulder will bring the race to six locations throughout the Front Range.
Participants will have the opportunity to complete their 10K on a measured, marked, and timed course, from 6:30-a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily over the Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 29; Sunday, May 30; and Monday, May 31).
The Greenland Open Space Trail location features a wide dirt trail in the foothills of Douglas County. Nature lovers will appreciate this trail with its out-and-back course and the magnificent backdrop of Pikes Peak, without the brutal elevation gain of other mountain trails.
“How exciting and appropriate that Douglas County – named the healthiest County in the state and one of the healthiest communities in the nation – would have the opportunity to co-host the 4th largest running race in the United States and the 7th largest in the world,” said Douglas County Commissioner and Board Chair Lora Thomas. “Being on the map for this celebrated event not only allows our residents to participate closer to home, it also opens the door for visitors to experience the stunning beauty and tranquility of Greenland Ranch, as well as our cultural, restaurant, retail and lodging offerings.”
Cliff Bosley, Race Director of BOLDERBoudler stated, “Lora Thomas and the outstanding team at Douglas county have been greatly supportive in the planning and course selection. Their prompt attention and speedy turnaround allowed us to assemble a course that showcases the fabulous open space and trails in and around the county. We’re excited that our participants get to run, jog, or walk their race on this course.”
The BOLDERBoulder, named America’s All-Time Best 10K by Runner’s World, is the 4th largest running race in the United States and the 7th largest in the world. The race attracts 48,000 to 52,000 runners, joggers, walkers, and wheelchair racers, and professional athletes from around the world to compete for one of the largest non-marathon prize purses in road racing. The 42nd running of the BOLDERBoulder will be held in Boulder on Memorial Day, May 30, 2022. www.bolderboulder.com
The pioneer spirit, accompanied by the beauty of the mountains, foothills, and plains, is gloriously evident in Douglas County. Today, the County’s strength, as the centerpiece of the Denver/Colorado Springs development corridor, is a perfect blend of quality lifestyle and business environment.
The County is approximately 843 square miles, of which 63,037 acres are permanently protected land through the Douglas County Open Space Program. Recreational areas include more than 146,000 acres of Pike National Forest, Roxborough State Park, Castlewood Canyon State Park, and the Chatfield State Recreation Area.
Douglas County is recognized for being one of the most family-friendly communities in Colorado, offering a quality of life unmatched elsewhere in the state. For 2020, Douglas County was named the second healthiest community in America, as well as the healthiest County in Colorado.
|Wendy Manitta Holmes, APR
Douglas County Government
Director, Communications & Public Affairs