Bolder Boulder 10K officials announced Friday the nation’s third-largest road race has been rescheduled for Labor Day due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Organizers first postponed the Memorial Day institution, which typically attracts around 45,000 runners, on Monday. With the official move to Labor Day, its sister race in Fort Collins, the Labor Day Fortitude 10K, will be “folded into” the Bolder Boulder, according to race director Cliff Bosley.
Runners can register for either race and will wear the corresponding race bib in the combined race, which will finish at the University of Colorado’s football stadium, the traditional finish for the Bolder Boulder.
“Whether you’re running the Bolder Boulder on Labor Day or running the Fortitude on Labor Day, we’re running together,” Bosley said. “Everyone we met with to arrive at this decision recognizes that while Boulder and Fort Collins, as well as CU and CSU, compete in many areas, this is another example of coming together to collaborate.”
Fort Collins will lose out on the economic impact of the Fortitude race, but the University of Colorado football team is scheduled to play Colorado State in Fort Collins two days before Labor Day. The Fortitude race normally finishes at CSU’s football stadium.
Moving the Bolder Boulder to Labor Day required collaboration with officials in both cities and universities.
“This is an opportunity to bring all of the athletes and community members from Boulder and Fort Collins together in difficult times and to celebrate our common commitment to transcend the challenges we face,” Boulder city manager Jane Brautigam said in the Bolder Boulder news release. “Many thanks to the race organizers for this thoughtful and exciting collaboration.”