Boulder Backroads Makes Momentous Return

Check out this recent article in Colorado Runner Magazine! Congratulations to everyone who ran and many thanks to the dozens of people who volunteered in order to make the 2015 Boulder Backroads Marathon and Half Marathon a huge success. We are excited for next year's race so check back for info on the 2016 Backroads events!

Didn't Make it to the Start? Revel Rockies Runners Offered Discounted Backroads Entry

Another Half Marathon/Marathon left runners stranded this weekend. It was a race director's nightmare when busses didn't show up to transport over 1500 runners to the race start line. According to news stories only 25 of the 52 busses contracted showed up to transport runners to the start of the Revel Rockies Marathon and Half Marathon in Evergreen on Sunday. People waited for hours for busses that never arrived and organizers cancelled the half marathon. For more info, you can see the 9News story, but in the meantime, we are offering an opportunity for runners who prepared and did not get to race yesterday. Please e-mail for $25 off your entry to the 2015 Boulder Backroads Marathon or Half Marathon. The race will be held on September 19th starting and finishing at Boulder Reservoir.

Athletes train for months for a half marathon or marathon and plan their training so that they can peak on race day. When a race like this doesn't go, it is difficult to stay motivated to kick back up one's mileage and the intensity of training required to race well weeks later. Depending on the athlete's state of mind and fitness level, it helps to pick another race quickly while you're feeling excited about racing. Then get back into workouts and long runs (depending on when the next race is) in order to keep sharp.  For those runners who plan to make the Boulder Backroads Half their next race, it's ok to take a down week this week in order to regain mental focus. With the Backroads race 9 weeks away, there is plenty of time to rest a little and then build up mileage again in time to taper and race well in September!

Discounted Entries for Cancelled Boulder Marathon Registrants

We have given away all of our allotted free entries, but will continue to give discounted entries to all of those displaced runners who registered for the 2013 or 2014 Boulder Marathon until the race reaches capacity. We are excited to be honoring the spirit of Lesley Kinder, the founder of the original Boulder Backroads Marathon in bringing back the race that she created.  She was a generous race director and in every decision, had in mind what was best for the community and for runners.  If you registered for the 2013 or 2014 races and would like to run the 2015 Backroads Marathon or Half Marathon, e-mail with your registration confirmation from one of the cancelled races.

Bolder Boulder 10K Recap

Memorial Day weekend in Boulder, Co., is synonymous with one of the biggest 10ks in the country: Bolder Boulder. This year's race had over 50,000 participants from age 6 to 94. It also included 35 athletes from Beyond Limits, a training program for Boulder County residents with disabilities sponsored by Flatirons Running and New Balance. Starting in March each spring, Mondays are the highlight of my week because I get to run or walk with some of the most determined athletes I know. The group of 60+ athletes and coaches meets two evenings/week for workouts to prepare them to cover the 6.2 mile course.

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Weekly Boulder Fun Run

Running alone can be blissful and meditative, but sometimes we need a little nudge to get out the door. Even if you don't follow a strict training schedule, having regular running events on your personal calendar can be just the motivation you need. The weekly fun run hosted by Flatirons Running is a great place to meet friends who like to run and have a good time. Each week different vendors are there with demo products and samples. After the run, enjoy pizza from Under the Sun and beer from Avery Brewing Co., plus - win great gear in our weekly raffle.

Wednesdays at Flatirons Running, 629 S. Broadway

  • 5:30pm - sign-in starts, try demo products
  • 6:15pm - run 5k or 10k loop around South Boulder neighborhoods and trails.
  • 7:10pm - raffle

New Marathon Emerges in Boulder

Henry Guzman, co-owner of the Flatirons Running retail shop, said this week his new race organization, Flatirons Running Events, has filed all necessary paperwork for the 2015 Boulder Backroads Marathon and Half Marathon on Sept. 19 at the Boulder Reservoir. Guzman put on numerous running races in Boulder when he worked at Boulder Running Company, but he left to start Flatirons Running last summer with R.L. Smith and Tricia Vieth.

Boulder Backroads was the original name of the marathon and half marathon when it was launched by the late Lesley Kinder in 1999. Kinder, who sold the races to Jeff Mason in 2007, passed away last spring.