Posts Tagged ‘run’

The 2010 Bolder Boulder

May 6, 2010

An open letter to my Funky Heart friends in Colorado:

Hello from South Carolina!

I was privileged to hang out with all of you for a few days in Boulder last year during the Bolder Boulder. I had a terrific time; your state is beautiful and each and every one of you made me feel welcome!

Ever since I boarded the plane to come home, I’ve been thinking about coming back.  But I won’t be able to this year: On the day of the race, we’ll be celebrating my father’s 75th birthday!

Now dad’s in pretty good shape – he walks five miles every morning and I’m convinced that once he got used to the thinner altitude, he would do quite well in the Bolder Boulder! And what better birthday present to give yourself than to conquer the nation’s highest altitude 10K road race? But much to my disappointment, he’s certain that the walking trail in our back yard is just as good a course as the one you have!

So while I won’t be there in person, I will be there in spirit. Best of luck to all the Funky Hearts in this year’s Bolder Boulder!

Sea Level is for Sissies!

May 4, 2009

File a flight plan and warm up the jet, we’re going on a trip! The Funky Heart will be in Boulder, Colorado for the 31st Annual Bolder Boulder 10K on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009!

The Bolder Boulder is pretty tough… the distance is 10 Kilometers, or 6.2136 Miles. That’s considered a short course in the running world, but the city of Boulder is at an altitude of 5, 430 feet above sea level – more than a mile high! That makes the Bolder Boulder quite the challenge; one of the race slogans is “Sea Level is for Sissies!”

But that’s nothing. Try running, walking, or jogging 6 miles at 5400 feet with a congenital heart defect… but that is what a group of my friends are going to do! The local chapter of the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is going to participate in the race, for the fourth time. And I’ll be right there with them! I don’t plan to walk or run (There no way I could get acclimated to the altitude quickly enough) but I’ll be helping out, blogging from Boulder, and I plan to twitter on Memorial Day during the run.

We’re going to raise funds for the local ACHA chapter and raise awareness of CHD Survivors. It’s going to be great fun – the local ACHA chapter is doing a lot of different, but related events over Memorial Day weekend.  So if you’d like to join us at an event, email the Denver group at for more information. And if you see someone in an ACHA t-shirt zoom by during the race, cheer us on!

And stand united with a bunch of Funky Hearts as we Rock Boulder!