I’ve chronicled at length my love and affection for the nation’s best 10k road race, the BolderBOULDER. This year, the BB10k will introduce their “cousin” with the inaugural running of the Fortitude 10k in Fort Collins. I sat on the fence about whether or not to register for the Fortitude 10k, and finally pulled the trigger.

I love the BolderBOULDER. As a young high school runner, it was the race I wanted to run. Now, it has become a family event. It’s not just the race, it’s the community and the Memorial Day celebration that make the BB10k so special. I have no affiliation with Fort Collins, in fact I’ve never even been there. What if it’s not the same? What if we don’t enjoy it as much?  Those were the questions that were preventing me from registering.

I don’t want it to be the same. There’s only one BolderBOULDER, and it cannot be replicated. Even with the same race director and promotional crew. My daughters aren’t the same either, and I love them both. Races and kids…a stretch yes, but it’s the same idea. I can love two similar things that are totally different, loving their uniqueness. Whether or not I enjoy the Fortitude 10k is up to me. I realized that is a choice that I’ll make, not that the race will make for me.

I love listening to the stories at the BB10k of the few people who have run all 39 editions of the race, how families have made it a tradition for decades. I didn’t run the BolderBoulder until the 37th running, so I’ll never have that. It’s possible, by running the inaugural Fortitude 10k, that 25 years from now I’ll be a 67 year old man, running with my grown children pushing their babies in a stroller, remembering back on all 25 Fortitude 10k’s we’ve run. Maybe, maybe not, and without joining this first running, I’ll never have that opportunity.

So I can’t say this has been a life-long dream, or that this is a chance to be a part of the greatest foot race in America. I can say this is an opportunity to be a part of something new. To be a pioneer in what one day may be a premier race. It has all the makings.  It falls on a holiday (Labor Day), finishes inside a college football stadium (CSU’s newly built Sonny Lubick Field), has the BB10k crew organizing it, and features the elite race afterwards.

I love the idea behind being BOLD in Boulder, and I love the meaning of showing Fortitude in Fort Collins. I’ll be there on September 4th!