Spring is here in Colorado which means blooming flowers, blossoming trees, cool mornings, and the unofficial start of the racing season. Whether you've been training for months in the dark and cold of winter, or if your running is coming out of hibernation, we've highlighted the top 5 races not to be missed in Colorado from everything from 5k's to challenging trail races in chronological order:Sunday April 26th- Cherry Creek Sneak 5K, 5 Mile, and 10 MileFounded in 1982, the Sneak offers a 5k, 5 and 10 mile option, as well as a 1/2 mile kids fun run that caters to everyone looking to place, to runners just wanting to have a good time. The signature event is the 5 mile race which takes runners eastbound on Cherry Creek Drive, looping back and finishing in the heart of Cherry Creek at 1st & Steele. Finishing times are fast on this primarily flat course, so if you want to be top 10 make sure you bring your A game and be able to hold low to mid 5 minute pace. The 10 mile course is hillier than you expect as it takes you up Downing to Cheeseman Park, then out on and out and back on 7th Ave before finishing. Refuel at one of the best post race party's in town with a free post race beer, schwag from vendors, and entertainment for kids in the kids fun zone.Saturday May 2nd- Greenland Trail 50K, 25K, 8 MileWith a choice of 3 events ranging from 8 miles up to 50K, the Greenland Race Series is ideal for runners with their eye on competing in an ultra event, or a longer off-road trail race. Held near Larkspur at Greenland Open Space, runners can expect to run the entire distance of the race they choose on dirt. Depending on the race you choose, you'll run several loops of approximately 8 miles with support along the course to keep you going the distance. If you choose the full 50k option, you'll run a total of four loops with a fair bit of climbing and descending with a downhill finish. Perfect for ultra and trail race newbies, the course is run on wide, double tracked trails.Sunday May 3rd- Colorado 1/2 and Full MarathonThe Colorado Half and Full Marathon starts bright and early in scenic Poudre Canyon with a primarily downhill course that winds gently downhill back into Fort Collins. While unpredictable, you can typically expect pretty mild weather as you are treated to fantastic scenery through Poudre Canyon. Not only is the marathon an official Boston qualifier, it also boasts the fastest course in the state. A 10k option makes it way through Old Town Fort Collins for runners looking for a shorter option.Sunday May 17th- Colfax Half and Full Marathon2015 marks the 10th anniversary of this mid May Denver classic with a marathon relay, full marathon, 10 mile, half marathon, and 5k option, the Colfax Marathon truly has something for everyone. The full marathon starts and finishes in City Park and as the name suggests, takes you gradually uphill west bound along Colfax Ave. Highlights include running through (literally, you run through) Mile High Stadium leading up to a loop around Sloans Lake before heading further west into Lakewood, then back to the finish along the Cherry Creek bike path and downtown Denver. The half marathon takes runners through the Denver Zoo before heading east bound along Colfax, through a fire station, then back to finish in City Park along Montview.Monday May 25th- Bolder Boulder 10KA Memorial Day classic, Bolder Boulder started in the late 70's and with consistently over 50,000 finishers each year, has grown to one of the nations largest races in the country. Bolder Boulder has something to offer everyone, from fast times and high competition (complete with an elite race where top American and international runners compete) in the earlier waves to fun and revelry in the later waves. The course runs primarily through residential neighborhoods with lots of crowd support including slip 'n slides on front lawns and offers of bacon to the runners. A post race celebration awaits you at Folsom Field while you meet up with family and friends. Afterward, check out the Boulder Creek Festival in downtown Boulder.Don't take our word for it, comment below with your favorite Spring race in Colorado!
By:BoulderRunning | April 22, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized
If it's April in Great Britain that means one thing for runners- the prestigious London Marathon on April 26th. London's known for having a pancake flat and fast course that always attracts a world class field, while a revelrous party atmosphere in the lower waves appeals to runners looking to break records dressed in all sorts of crazy costumes while having a great time. To commemorate, Brooks has released a limited edition color of the Ghost 7 that highlights something anyone who's ever visited London has seen plenty of- the signature red telephone booths all over the city.If you're one of the fortunate runners traveling to London from the U.S, reward yourself with this special edition. Didn't make the race this year? If you already train in the Ghost 7, add some color and variety with this limited edition version. Here's a little bit about the shoe:
These are sure to sell out before the race and at the expo, so grab a pair of the Brooks London Ghost 7 before they're gone!
- Designed for neutral runners, the Ghost 7 combines DNA cushioning with durability for a versatile everday trainer.
- The upper of the London version features Union Jack red and blue colors, combined with signature London red telephone booths and a Union Jack blazoned insole.
Available online only on April 24th.
Speaking from personal experience, not only is this bad boy wind and water resistant, there's no way you won't be seen when running in Nike's purple, yellow, and orange themed Sunset Windrunner jacket. I first demo'd this on a wet and chilly Denver morning running loops around City Park with this jacket as my outermost layer. The temperature was around 32 degrees, so I had a long sleeve shirt on underneath for a bit more warmth, so between the two layers I was comfortable without being too warm or cold.The best thing about this jacket is that it really does exactly what its supposed to do, while making sure you stick out of the crowd. On a chilly, drizzly and windy day I barely noticed the conditions which is the best thing that I can say about the jacket. In terms of wearing it out and about, as you can see from the picture of Mike modeling it in-store, the colors are bright and bold but really aren't overwhelming once you've got it on.Who It's For:
- Anyone looking for a wind and water resistant Spring Jacket to wear on cool but not cold days.
For many marathoners, running Boston is a huge bucket list item. After all, it's prestigious, has the toughest course of all the World Marathon Majors, sells out within hours every single year, and most importantly, requires runners to meet qualifying times. Not exactly a walk in the park to get into.If you're one of the fortunate runners that met the qualifying standards AND were able to get in, reward yourself with this special edition. Didn't make the race this year? You may still want to pick up this limited edition Boston Marathon themed colorway of the Launch 2. Here's a little bit about the shoe:
- Originally discontinued in 2011, the Launch 2 was revived thanks to overwhelming feedback from runners. Just like Boston, its tough, resilient, and doesn't know when to give up.
- The Lobster Launch features a bold, red upper complete with a rendering of the Lobster, something New England has become famous for.
These are sure to sell out before the race and at the expo, so grab a pair of the Brooks Lobster Launch 2 before they're gone!
Available in select stores and online here.
One things for sure, when you go for a run in the Kaleidoscope colorway of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS, you most definitely won't go unnoticed! Last Spring brooks released several Ombre themed colorways of its most popular models which really hit home to runners looking for something new, fun, and exciting instead of the usual Blue and White colors. Based on the success of Ombre, Brooks went back to the drawing board for the Kaleidoscope editions for Spring 2015.Comparing the Kaleidoscope Adrenaline to the "regular" edition, the only difference between the two is the upper colorway. In other words stability, support, and cushioning are exactly the same, so if the Adrenaline is your preferred shoe of choice, the Kaleidoscope edition is a fun, colorful way to mix up your running wardrobe.
Spring is nearly here which means there's a ton of fresh, new accessories to try out in the warm weather! Check out our Spring Accessory Guide:1. Smartwool PHD Running Ultra Light Micro Socks – YES, wool is amazing to wear in warmer weather! The natural fibers wick away moisture keeping your feet dry and happy!2. Garmin Vivosmart – this awesome new activity tracker will keep up with both your workouts and social life through message alerts and other smart watch capabilities.3. Nike 4 Inch Woven Rival Shorts - these shorts have a wide flattering waist band and the smooth fabric lays just perfectly through your whole run.4. Skratch Pineapple – a nice switch up from the standard Lemon Lime flavor of most sport drinks. The tropical vibe will get you in the mood for summer!5. Nike Dri Fit Knit Tanks – these are one of my favorites to run in and I love the new fresh spring colors!6. Ultimate Direction Jenny Pack – it fits everything I need for a long run and disappears when I run in it thanks to the women specific cut…I seriously don’t notice I’m wearing a pack!7. Trigger Point Foam Roller – the best way to recover after a hard run. Hurts so good!Last, but perhaps most important - Froyo with LOTS of sprinkles – okay maybe this isn’t a running gear item, but I think it makes the perfect post long run treat!About the Author:Aimee, aka FunFitGirl, loves running, works at our Cherry Creek location, and has her own blog at FunFitGirl.com.
Saucony introduced the Kinvara several years ago as a lightweight trainer with minimal features that still had enough cushioning and durability to make it extremely versatile. If a racing flat were to be combined with an everyday trainer, the end result would be a Kinvara 6. Runners seeking a low drop, lightweight, yet protective trainer embraced the Kinvara for everything from faster paced running, everyday training, and even racing; and to fans of the Kinvara we say, have no fear- the Kinvara 6 retains the performance features you’ve come to expect with a few enhancements for Spring 2015.What's different from the Kinvara 5:
Available in-store and online April 2nd.
- Updates have been kept to a minimum. The upper has been updated to a more open and breathable mesh, combined with a Pro Lock lacing system from the Kinvara 5 for an improved, more breathable and secure fit.
- Weight has been kept the same as the Kinvara 5 (7.7 ounces for men and 6.5 ounces for women), and has Flexfilm material in the upper.
Long known for being a superbly cushioned, everyday trainer for neutral runners, the Vomero 10 blends Zoom Air cushioning with a Lunarlon midsole for a surprisingly bouncy and resilient ride.Right off the bat, the Vomero 10 just feels “different” compared to previous versions. This is not necessarily a bad thing as we have heard from multiple runners that previous versions of the Vomero, while soft, have been a little too soft. The 10 certainly addresses this issue as the midsole is now a blend of Zoom Air and Lunarlon which adds a responsive feel instead of pure cushion.The upper is constructed from Nike Flywire cables combined with Flymesh for a snug and breathable fit, and an Ortholite insole gives an initial bit of cushioning upon first step in.Overall the Vomero 10 has what it takes to become an everyday training staple, however runners that have come to expect a pillowy soft ride will find this years version to be much more rigid and responsive.Who it's for:
What's different from the Vomero 9?
- Neutral runners seeking a well cushioned yet responsive every day training shoe.
- Zoom Air cushioning units are now combined with Lunarlon for a more firm feeling than in the past. If you really dig cushioning, you'll find the Vomero 10 to be more rigid and firm feeling than what you're used to.
Available in-store and online. Click here to buy your pair now.
Decibullz manufactures custom molded ear buds for anyone who enjoys music on the go- whether that be on the run, in the gym, or just out and about.What makes Decibullz different? Decibullz come with custom moldable, thermoplastic “buds” that you can mold quickly and easily to the exact shape of your ear canal. For anyone who has ever looked into custom molded earbuds, the price tag invokes sticker shock. Custom molded earphones require one or more appointments at an audiologist to create the molds and come with a price tag of up to $500! Decibullz solves this problem with a wallet friendly moldable ear bud solution for $59.95.How to custom mold Decibullz:
How Decibullz Perform:
- Step 1- Prepare the molds. A mold tray in the box contains a left and right specific mold that needs to be heated in water. Simply microwave about 3 inches of water in a coffee cup and when hot, drop the tray in the water for 1-2 minutes. Remove the tray from the water and place on a towel. Let the molds dry, and of course, only place each mold in your ear once they are war (not steaming hot).
- Step 2- Insert the left and right specific ear buds into each mold. Once inserted through the molds, attach the silicon cap (included in the box).
- Step 3- With the earbuds fully attached to each warm and pliable mold, insert each mold into your ears. Use your fingers to move the thermoplastic mold to create a custom mold of your ears. That’s it! You now have custom molded earbuds that fit the exact shape of your ear canal that stay in place no matter how intense you workout.
- NOTE- The molding process is pretty straightforward and easy to do. Make sure that the molds are warm and pliable before inserting them into your ears, but make sure that you don’t wait too long before attempting to custom mold. If they are too cool, you wont be able to mold them properly. In that case simply repeat the steps above to remold.
Overall, Decibullz are a great option for runners who could use a more comfortable set of headphones. Plus you can't beat the price!Get yours here:
- Exactly as expected- with three runs of over an hour or longer in length, so far Decibullz have stayed in place and not slipped out once. The fit is very comfortable with no slippage or adjustments. Unlike other ear buds, they have stayed in place the entire time comfortably with no irritation.
- Sound quality- The sound quality seems very treble focused, while the bass of most music is lacking. Sound quality can be subjective, but I'd personally love a little more bass.
- Background Noise- While the fit of the ear buds is custom, you can still here some background noise if the volume of the music isn’t too loud. This is a huge plus for me as I run on roads and need to be able to hear traffic and be aware of what is going on around me while I run.
- Microphone volume- A built microphone lets you use Decibullz with a mobile phone with a one touch button that accepts and ends calls. With limited testing, this feature works very well and hearing callers on the other end is a non issue.
- Volume adjustment- Needs to be done on the device itself, not the actual ear buds. For version 2.0, Decibullz should add a volume adjustment button in addition to the accept/end call button.
- Cord length- Cord length is adequate but I would like to see it lengthened. I run the cord underneath my top when I run, and when I’m skipping tracks on my iPod and holding it in my hands, this creates slight pulling on the actual buds themselves requiring me to adjust the fit on the go.
ON Running is a Swiss based company doing things a bit differently than everyone else in the running footwear space. Rather than focus on how much cushioning is built in the midsole and what material that cushioning substance may be, On has added pod like technology to the outsole of the Cloudsurfer that absorbs impact and releases it back into each stride for improved forward momentum. Known as Cloud Technology, the idea is that each one of these 13 independent Cloud pods compress and absorb impact upon initial strike for a cushioned landing, and then release that impact back upon toe off; just like you’re floating on clouds. Not dissimilar to what you experience when jumping on a trampoline, however the energy release aspect is of course not that extreme. The result is a surprisingly resilient and smooth ride, maybe not what was expected.ON categorizes whom its shoes are for based on pace- not the typical neutral, stability, etc, categorization that you’d expect. The Cloudsurfer is intended for runners who can comfortably hold a training pace between 6:40 and 8:00 minute pace per mile consistently. However there is no reason why anyone who intends to run slower or faster than that pace range couldn’t train in the Cloudsurfer.How it feels:
Who it’s for:
- You may expect to feel that the Cloudsurfer would propel you forward significantly, but this really is not the case. You’ll probably notice a bit more bounce or spring upon forward propulsion but not extremely so- the best thing to say is that you don’t really notice the pods at all while you run.
How it holds up:
- Neutral to moderate over pronators. The Cloud pods not only provide a smooth, resilient, and cushioned ride, they also have some inherent stability built into them as well making the Cloudsurfer an option for a variety of different runners.
Get Your Cloudsurfers here:
- You’d think that 13 independent pods attached to a midsole would shred right off after a few runs right? Wrong- with over 200 miles on our demo pair, the wear on each pod is barely noticeable. What is noticeable is that the Cloudtec pods themselves have become slightly more forgiving upon initial strike.
- Given the gaps in between each pod, you may also think that rocks and other debris easily get stuck in the shoes. Surprisingly this has rarely happened on our demo pair.
By:BoulderRunning | March 23, 2015 | Categories: Running Shoes