BOULDER, Colo., October 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Nearly 2,000 attendees, along with thousands of spectators, made it to Boulder on October 10 for the first-ever Boulderthon® marathon. The race, which organizers strive to make the community endurance runners, meandered through the city’s scenic foothills before ending downtown at Pearl Street Mall. More than 98 percent of Boulderthon’s participants completed the course, with Colorado’s runners ranking top in both half and full races.
Running enthusiasts gathered along the course and crossed the finish line downtown to watch runners put their physical and mental strength to the test on the high-altitude course. The race roster included athletes of all skill levels, from novice half-marathoners competing for fun to elite runners looking to post qualifying times for the Boston Marathon.
Boulderthon Race Director Phil Dumontet was delighted with the execution of the inaugural race, highlighting markers of success including early re-entry rates and the percentage of runners who completed the race.
“After being delayed for a year, we were all delighted to finally be able to organize the race, and I don’t think it could have gone better – the course was difficult but scenic, the participation of the riders and spectators was excellent and we have deployed our support resources in a way that gives people what they need to finish, “said Dumontet.” We have received a lot of positive feedback and have already seen over 20% of runners register for next year’s race which I consider a good sign that they enjoyed the experience.
In anticipation of next year’s Boulderthon, Dumontet predicted a similar outcome. “Boulder is seen as a link between health and fitness, and I always knew it would be a great host city for a top-notch marathon. We are excited to help this race grow over the next year and give more runners the chance to experience the joy of running in such a special place.
Competitors from Colorado swept the winning spots in the men’s and women’s divisions for the half and full marathon. The runners achieved impressive times and inspired spectators with their courage and skill, recalling why marathons have always captured the human imagination. The best graduates of Boulderthon 2021 were:
- Mike Binder from Erie, CO 2:53:23
- Chris Gombeski from Denver, CO 2:53:44
- Griffon Ketterling from Broomfield, CO 2:54:37
- Taylor Redlin from Denver, CO 3:26:19
- Natalia Crawford from Erie, CO 3:28:08
- Taylor Rohan from Denver, CO 3:30:03
Half Marathon, Men
- Joel Toppin from Westminster, CO 1:14:45
- Tobias Bothwell from Boulder, CO 1:15:17
- Bo Wagoner from Boulder, CO 1:16:19
Half marathon, women
- Kathryn Harrison from Denver, CO 1:26:14
- Anna Leer from Englewood, CO 1:28:16
- Meghan Morgan from Boulder, CO 1:28:21
Congratulations to all the runners! To learn more about Boulderthon and to register for 2022, visit: https://www.boulderthon.org/.
The Boulderthon was created by an avid New York Road Runners to spread the joy of marathons. We believe that Boulder, one of the country’s great running centers, deserves a top marathon. We also believe that marathons bring people together and are some of the most fun, memorable and inspiring days of the year in cities, for runners and spectators alike. Boulderthon is a USATF sanctioned Boston Marathon (BQ) qualifying event measured by a USATF Level A course measurer, representing the highest level of certification for a series of marathon races. For more information visit https://www.boulderthon.org/.