A BOLDER kind of success for 1990 grad

Cliff Bosley was only 12 in 1979 when he and 2,700 other runners hit the pavement in the first BOLDERBoulder, the iconic Memorial Day 10K founded by his father, Steve, with the encouragement of marathon runner and Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter.

2019年5月,博斯利(现52)庆祝他的第21年为bolderboulder的赛事总监,现在在美国的第三大长跑比赛和第七大在世界上。名为美国的所有时间由亚军的世界杂志最佳10K,比赛从所有50个州和15个国家吸引了近5万专业和业余运动员,慢跑,散步和轮椅车手。数千名观众的欢呼线大石街道,并在科罗拉多州福尔瑟姆球场,壮观的纪念日致敬的终点线,现场的大学填补了看台。

Bosley during the BOULDERBoulder event. (Photo by Cliff Grassmick, Boulder Daily Camera.)

This past spring, Running USA named Bosley to its Hall of Champions for directing and coordinating one of the most festive and highly-acclaimed running races in the world. The award was announced at Running USA’s annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Dave McGillivray, race director for the Boston Marathon, did my induction,” said Bosley, a 1990 Hastings College business administration graduate. “The Boston Marathon is just legendary, so to have Dave announce the award is a pretty big honor.”

博斯利股份与他的五个全职工作人员,包括马迪皮维'12,谁处理的物流和运营巨石办事处。从过去的比赛,选手的巨大图形和励志短语海报(包括bolderboulder的战斗口号,“哦,是的,你可以的!”)线路的墙壁。作为博斯利指导他的工作人员和答案电话,他给人的印象是认真,精力充沛,细致,思维开阔,谦逊和从动特质,使一个大而复杂的事件就像一个运转良好的机器操作。

“What makes the BOLDERBoulder remarkable is how smoothly it goes off for such a massive gathering of spectators, runners, walkers and elites,” writes Mike Sandrock in Colorado Runner magazine. “The BOLDERBoulder is like the Flatirons: something large and beautiful that we may take for granted.”

人们可以轻松地添加“创新”为荣誉的名单,在组织文化根深蒂固的一个特质。例如,而不是一个巨大的开始与成千上万的跑步者在同一时间起飞,在bolderboulder分歧参与者分成约100波,创建和博斯利的父亲完善的创新。

“什么是关于bolderboulder与我们组织一天的方式独特之处在于我们跑得最快群众的第一一路步行者。这或多或少谁前来运行50000,”博斯利说。 “一旦他们在球场,我们运行一个职业女性的种族和职业男子比赛中,除了11分钟。我们采取的是录像,并显示在球场“。

Even people who jog or walk can complete the race and be in the stadium, drinking a beer or soft drink, and watch the pros race and cross the finish line. Given the caliber of world-class runners the race attracts, that’s a sight to see.

“Over the course of the 41 races, more than 110 Olympians from 24 different countries have raced the BOLDERBoulder,” Bosley said.

A day of festivities, patriotism

Cliff Bosley ’90

博斯利下的方向上,bolderboulder已经发展成为一个成熟的娱乐事件。风度翩翩的赛事总监,谁穿上蓝色制服,以对公众的关系理事会作为黑斯廷斯大学生校园参观,希望每一位参与者有一个伟大的时间,他们是专业人士的奖金竞争或慢跑是否希望有一些乐趣。

“There are folks who run from the front and are excited about their race times, and there are folks who are more excited about the time they have. So they enjoy the Slip’N Slides, bands, hanging out with belly dancers and sampling bacon. It’s just awesome,” Bosley said.

认真尊重比赛中,bolderboulder肯定有一个野性和疯狂的一面。业余选手打扮成蝙蝠侠,芭蕾舞,热狗,摇滚明星和海盗。各种演艺行过程中:猫王的敬意,在英里三个巴西鼓手在英里6起近英里二,肚皮舞在英里五,风笛。 35乐队从斯卡以蓝调迷幻摇滚上演每350码。巨石居民在他们的前院和召唤运动员跨投自己设立slip'n幻灯片。别人伸手,像腊肉,棉花糖和多力多滋的好东西。

When the runners cross the finish line at Folsom Field, the cheers of 50,000 people greet them.

“这是一个令人难以置信的经验,”在澳门赌场官网和六次bolderboulder参与者对外关系邝杰灵'05,助理副总裁。 “我期待着比赛每年。它是如此有趣地看到人们为你喝彩的每一个角落。我总是“跑”到一些其他的黑斯廷斯大学毕业生或学生,太“。

比赛当天的压轴戏是在福尔瑟姆球场纪念日致敬承认在美国的男性和女性军事是谁给他们的生活服务我们的国家。在爱国主义和壮观,bolderboulder荣誉荣誉收件人的国会奖章和阵亡士兵家属的20分钟的节目。 100名多名青年男女把他们的入伍宣誓,并在体育场的人群面前宣誓。科罗拉多NROTC执行大学的21响礼炮。人群唱国歌,并从科罗拉多州空军国民警卫队的两架F-16战斗机做一个飞过来。

“The high point is when seven skydivers escort flags into the stadium,” Bosley said. “The first five escort flags from the military branches and the last two escort POW and American flags. That’s the culminating event.”

An evolving brand

Since becoming race director more than two decades ago, Bosley has continued to reinforce the BOLDERBoulder brand by launching the FORTitude, a Labor Day 10K in Fort Collins, Colorado, and the ColderBOLDER, a 5K in Boulder each December.

在2006年,博斯利的姐姐伊丽莎白的bolderboulder队和美国前成员海军军官,创建bolderboulder巴格达纪念日10K。预备役,伊丽莎白与她单位驻扎在伊拉克胜利营士兵相连。在bolderboulder派出“比赛在一个盒子”,包括号码布,衬衫和比赛的项目,所以海外会员服务可能会在阵亡将士纪念日经营自己bolderboulder。

从那时起,每阵亡将士纪念日而选手通过比赛大石街道,服务男人和女人运行在美国的卫星赛世界各地的空军基地,包括科威特,伊拉克和阿富汗的沙漠里,甚至在海上登上美国标准尼米兹。到今天为止,超过25,000军事男女bolderboulder基地站比赛跑。

bolderboulder还赞助了BB赛车俱乐部,课后计划促进健康和健身的中学青年和横跨科罗拉多小学的孩子。跑步者,老师和家人一起,准备和在学年火车和巨石汇聚在比赛当天。约1300名学生参加了2019。

Bosley stays involved with his alma mater by serving on the Hastings College Foundation Board of Trustees and hosting student leadership groups at BOLDERBoulder headquarters. His daughter, Holly, is a Hastings College sophomore and soccer player.

No matter what Bosley does, he does it with gusto and an unwavering commitment to quality.

“Our team objective is to stay in the top five largest races in the country and the top ten largest in the world,” he said. “But let’s have the acclaim come from doing it the best.”

Bosley and the BOLDERBoulder team deliver on that promise.

By Judee Konen ‘85, Associate Vice President for College Advancement

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