BOULDER, Colo. – The name Melody Fairchild was relatively synonymous with the BolderBOULDER 30 years ago.
“I grew up in Boulder in the mountains west of town, and as a child, heard about the BolderBOULDER every year,” she told Denver7’s Katie LaSalle. “I got to run it when I was 9 years old and I was hooked since then.”
That was just the beginning of a running career that once had her called the best American high school distance runner of all-time. An accomplished professional athlete for two decades, she’s now a mom and a toddler.
“It’s so fun doing what I do now to see the excitement in the kids and in the runners I coach,” she said.
The running of the BolderBOULDER on Memorial Day is Melody’s favorite day of the year, and as runners get ready for the 40th running of the race, she has some ideas to keep the day moving smoothly.
Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the starting line.
Carpool, take the bus or ride your bike. Parking is at a premium and many streets are shut down.
Make sure your bib is attached to the front of your clothing so that the chip inside records your time.
Expect to feel crowded, especially at the starting line waiting for your wave to go.
Be ready for mile for mile, which is a sneaky uphill run.