Bolder Boulder 10K @ 10:00 am
I went into this with the plan to finish well. My only specific goal was to beat 12:00/mile pace. I ran the 6.2 miles in 1:12:24.74 for a 11:39/mile pace. I am very happy with this result. It might be my slowest 10K race, but it is well in line with my expectations considering the elevation and where I am with regard to my fitness. The only time I really felt the elevation was during the climb into the stadium.
This race has several wave at the start to spread the crowd (over 50 thousand strong this year) out. I was in wave M. This is for military affiliated runners. We had folks from all services represented. We even had a couple local SWAT team members running with us. There was an older gentleman starting with us who has run every Bolder Boulder. The most notable group to start with us was a formation of Marines running in utilities and with the first pair carrying an American flag and a Marine Corps flag.
Crowd support was great. The performers were all quite good. There were even a few locals providing music at their homes. There were American flags everywhere. The course winds through part of downtown and some residential neighborhoods. There were a couple places where there were spectators armed with supersoakers or buckets. I ran through the one sprinkler. I declined to jump in the pool near halfway. I remember the Blue Brothers near the start. There was at least one Elvis on the sidelines and at least one I saw running. I remember a couple groups of belly dancers. There were many little kids running in the race around me. I wish I had some of that energy.