My wife and I went to see the documentary “Boston” last week, and it was a fantastic walk through the history of the Boston Marathon. I wondered when I went to watch the film if it would make me want to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon. It was certainly inspiring, and as I listened to the stories of how the community pulls together, how the volunteers make the race happen, how it draws an international crowd, I realized I have my own Boston in my own back yard.

The BolderBOULDER 10k is America’s premier 10k road race, for many of the same reasons that Boston is the iconic American marathon. There are families with generations of runners who have enjoyed the BB10k together, the neighborhoods in Boulder pull out all the stops and make the race even more exciting than it already is, hundreds if not thousands of volunteers pull the event together each year, allowing participants like me to seamlessly achieve our goals, and the elite race is one of the best international fields you’ll find. Plus, you get to top all of this off with the best Memorial Day celebration I’ve ever been a part of.

I get the allure of Boston. I also get that I don’t want to try and tackle another marathon or the training necessary to do it! The 10k is a challenging distance that can beat you down, but also a distance that is manageable by literally everybody. You’ll find elite Olympians, disabled citizens, and everyone in between at the BB10k. The race itself is fantastic (let Olympian Frank Shorter take you through the course), and it’s the event that makes this so special.

I have my goal to join the over 40 (years old) under 40 (minutes) club this year, and I have decided I’m going to enjoy the day. I’m going to take in the sights and the sounds, the energy and the camaraderie, and after I give it my best in the race, I’m going to be thankful to all the men and women who have made our country what it is today.

What is your favorite BolderBOULDER memory?