With 50,000+ runners towing the line on Memorial Day it can feel overwhelming, which is why they implemented the Wave start long ago. Qualifying for a wave becomes a right of Spring as much as your finish time at the race. The first 31 waves are reserved for runners who finish faster than 68 minutes.
But more importantly, qualifying for any wave allows you to have the best race you possibly can by seeding you with runners of similar pace. This will help so you don’t get overrun by the faster runners, and you don’t have to weave through slower runners. You can feel comfortable with your pace, and it gives you lots of people to run with and feed off their energy.
There are a few ways to qualify for a wave.
- Use your time from last year’s race or the ColderBOLDER
- Submit a timed registration from any race that’s over 2-miles
- Run on the treadmill for 2 miles at the BolderBOULDER store
- Or by far your best and most fun option: run the Dash & DIne 5k series. Each is a qualifier as its chip timed, but the BolderBOULDER will be out on May 15 as its official Qualifying Race with wave assignments, pre-late fee registration, and bib exchange if you improve on your current wave assignment.
Race Director Todd Straka shares his running experience and ways to make the most of your BolderBOULDER experience.
Week 4: Qualifying waves make sure you start with those who run the same speed
The Dash & Dine offers a free coached warm up before every race by Revolution Running coach Matt Hill. This group warm up starts at 6pm and will take you on a short warm up jog and dynamic drills to get you ready to run a great race. It’s also a great way to make new friends before the race begins.
The first of the Dash & Dine 5k run series starts April 10 and runs through May right up to the BolderBOULDER. Race-day registration and packet pick up is open at 5:30pm, the warm up is at 6 and the race starts at 6:30.