IRONMAN Boulder – Sunday, June 11, 2017
Do you Strava? Join Team Colorado & Win Prizes, details here
2017 IRONMAN Boulder Bike Course REVEALED, details here
303Radio Spends the Day with New IRONMAN Boulder Race Director, details here
2017 Bike Course Reveal Ride, details here
New Rules for IRONMAN races in 2017, details here
IRONMAN Boulder has one of the Top 10 Best swim courses, details here
2016 Race Day Video Recap – the 303 Experience here
303Triathlon is partnering with Ironman Boulder to help make your visit here as enjoyable and smooth as possible. This page will be updated regularly throughout the year and leading up to the race. Included here are links to the IMB site for many of the resources you will need including the athlete guide, course descriptions, volunteer information and more. We are also including links for additional information such as local training camps, where else to stay in the area, local bike shops, area activities, options for getting around town, Colorado bike laws and much more.
We hope you find this is a useful tool. If there is anything you aren’t finding, add a comment and we’ll do our best to provide the answer for you.
Register for Ironman Boulder 2017 here.
IRONMAN has announced a Team Colorado program for IRONMAN Boulder this year. If you are already registered for the June race this year or you and a friend are still trying to decide, check out what this program can offer.
Team Colorado details here
Exclusive Team Colorado Training Events
Weekly Team Colorado Ride, details here
Team Colorado has several events coming up in the next several months. Please save the following dates and watch for more details.
Saturday April 8th – ride from Rocky Mountain Multisport, Ft. Collins
*this is a date change only, all other details are the same.
Sunday April 30th – picnic at the IRONMAN Boulder HQ in Louisville
Saturday May 13th – group ride, Tom Watson Park
2017 IRONMAN Boulder Bike Course Revealed, read about the new course details here
Map of the new 3 loop bike course here
Map of the swim course here
Map of the 2 loop run course here
Tri Hearter: Food for thought
What if Buddha were training for IM Boulder? How do you think he would treat obstacles to his training? Here’s what Tri Hearter author, Bill Plock has to say. If Buddha did Triathlons
Where should we draw the line with how much science is involved in our training? Some new options to optimize training and racing. Tri Hearter: Science In Your Life
In addition to the Ironman staff who plan and organize each Ironman event, it takes 5000 volunteers to man changing stations, water stations, medic stations, course safety, the finish line, and more. If you’re interested in cheering on the nearly 3000 athletes that will be racing IMB, sign up to volunteer on race day.
Volunteer Registration is open! Here is the message from Race Director Dave Christen:
Click on the volunteer tab to sign up!
Thanks for all you do!
Here’s a behind the scenes look at some of the talented staff involved in pulling off the largest Ironman event in the world:
Behind the Scenes of Ironman Boulder
For information on the hotels partnered with Ironman Boulder, check this out: Official IMB Hotels
If you would like to consider other area hotels, here are a few suggestions: Additional Lodging Options in the Boulder Area
Boulder is a popular destination in the summer. There are lots of visitors who come and stay as well as those who are just passing through. Traffic in Boulder can be a bear! So, even if you have a vehicle, you might consider alternate transportation for some of your traveling within Boulder. The bus system, RTD, is amazing. Check out the Boulder Bus Routes. The Hop, Skip and Jump will get you around the greater Boulder area.
Boulder Bcycle stations can be found all around Boulder. This is a great alternative to the bus or the car. Ride along the scenic Boulder Bike Path and see first hand where the athletes will be doing much of their run. The bikes are equipped with baskets to hold groceries and other items.
Alex Bogusky, co-founder of BCycle, talks about how BCycle came to be:
History of BCycle
We recently asked our readers to tell us about their favorite Boulder eateries. Click Here for the full scoop and lots of great food recommendations.
There are many incredible sights and experiences while in Boulder. Here are a few suggestions from our readers to get you started:
Some Ideas On What To Do In Boulder
Boulder has lots of bike and tri shops. Check here for a shop near you to grab those last minute race day necessities.
Local Tri Shops
There are lots of great training camps and open water swims to help get you ready for Ironman Boulder.
If you’re new to the Ironman scene, don’t miss this IRONMAN 101 article on all-things-Ironman, written by local coach Pete Alfino, owner of Mile High Multisport.
Ironman Boulder Guide to Transitions – this is a great guide for full Ironman transitions in general, and the unique transition set-up of IMB, written by MarkAllenOnline co-founder and coach, Luis Vargas.
Pro Triathlete Tyler Butterfield has made Boulder his home. 303Triathlon has been able to catch up with Tyler during the past several months where he shared some great advice on altitude, heat, illness and more. Watch what he has to say.
Tyler Butterfield’s Racing Advice
Make sure to take care of your body during training and recover. Here is some important information about scheduling body work by Dr. Donna Fleitz Mitchell and some local Boulder Body Work practitioners.
Colorado Bike Laws
A great article by Kris Thompson about Colorado Bike Laws
The swim and T1 will take place at the Boulder Reservoir. This is a beautiful venue. Please remember, there will be NO parking at the reservoir on race day. The only access will be to ride the shuttle busses provided by Ironman Boulder. Currently, the only boarding location is Boulder High School at 13th & Arapahoe in Boulder where Ironman Village is located and T2 will take place.
Here is the link to the 2016 athlete guide. The 2017 athlete guide will be released early May. Watch for details.
Ironman Boulder Race Director Dave Christen released to 303Triathlon the updated course maps for both the bike and run courses.
View the new course maps here.
View the bike course elevation map here.
View the run course elevation map here.
As information is released from IMB we will provide you with as much detail as we can on where to spectate from on the various courses. Please know that there will be NO parking allowed at the Boulder Reservoir or at Tom Watson Park on race day. ALL athletes and spectators will be required to ride on the shuttle busses provided.
Race Director Dave Christen’s, comments on parking at Tom Watson Park:
Tom Watson only has 50 parking spots. I agree that it would make sense to just park there and walk over. Here is the problem though, if we say that you will have 3000 people try that. Obviously they cannot do that. They will start to park at IBM, on the roads, wherever they can and it will cause big issues.
Boulder County Sheriff will be patrolling and not allowing anyone to park along 63rd or use Tom Watson that AM. Athletes and spectators alike will be very disappointed if they try as local authorities will shut the attempt down and they will need to head back to Downtown and get on the shuttle. Not the way to start the day.
We discovered a great Athlete Tracker. Read about it here.
2016 Spectators Guide 2017 Spectator Guide to released in mid May. Watch for details. But here are some Spectator FAQ’s
Where is the best place to watch the race?
SWIM: Ride the shuttles to the Boulder Reservoir and pick a spot on the reservoir dam to watch your athlete kick off their day.
BIKE: Head to Co Rd 6 and I-25 underpass for excellent and safe viewing for your athlete.
RUN: Boulder City Library Lawn, Scott Carpenter Park, and the Boulder High School are all excellent viewing areas to see your athlete many times.
HOW DO I TRACK MY ATHLETE:
The tracking is ONLY available on race day. Please visit ironman.com and click on ‘Live Coverage’ at the top of the page and select the correct race. Select ‘Athlete Tracker’ and you can search by bib number or last name.
2016 Race Results here
2015 Webinar New Race Course with RD Dave Christen and SmarterTriathlonTraining Coach Luis Vargas
2015 Race Results here
View the 2014 IRONMAN Boulder recap video here:
Read our “Lasting Impressions” recap story for Ironman Boulder 2014 HERE.
Boulder Res passes bacteria testing for Sunday
Boulder County Cone Zones Up to date information on road projects and IM race restrictions
D3 Athlete Guide to Boulder
Three Logistics Videos from IM Boulder Race Director Dave Christen, covering every detail of race prep, race day
Race Week: Video Update
Ironman Boulder Special Needs Bags “How To”
Update on Boulder Res water temp – likely no wetsuits
IMBoulder Opening Ceremonies
Update on Shuttles to the Swim Start
Race Day Transportation: Why the Buses?
Boulder Cookie Project