Last Memorial Day, 43,000 people ran from Walnut and 30th streets in Boulder to Folsom Field at the University of Colorado for the 10K Bolder Boulder. But today, what should be a full stadium of spectators cheering on runners, is empty.

Like the Bolder Boulder, this year state, county and city regulations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have cancelled several warm season events and large gatherings. Some were postponed until later in the year, and others moved online. This is the first postponement of the annual Bolder Boulder since its inception in 1979.

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Cole Carrigan cheers as he runs the 2019 Bolder Boulder Citizens Race.

One of Gov. Jared Polis’ first efforts on March 13 to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus urged limiting public gatherings of 250 people or more unless the venue capacity permitted a minimum of 6 feet between individuals.  

The state safer-at-home mandate, the next level following a shelter-in-place order, went into effect on April 27. Boulder County followed suit on May 9. Small gatherings of 10 are now permitted — an impossible standard for the Bolder Boulder, the second largest U.S. 10K, according to Running USA. 

The race is set to move to Labor Day. However, to keep the Memorial Day tradition alive, Bolder Boulder is hosting the “VirtuALL Memorial Day 10K.” Registration opened on May 1 and within the first week, 3,000 individuals signed up.

“Since we can’t run together, we can still be connected but run in our own neighborhoods, on our favorite trails, on our specially-crafted 10K course,” said race director Cliff Bosley. “And so the connectedness will come as a result of running apart, but running apart together.”

Registration is free, but runners can purchase limited edition merchandise. The virtual race slogan “OverCome” is printed on T-shirts and hats; $5 from every purchase is donated to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a fund hosted by the state of Colorado and Mile High…

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