For Jacob White, the thought was that a top 10 finish would make for a successful Memorial Day venture. Curtis Weisenberger figured the day would simply provide a solid workout as he sets his sights on a marathon in Minnesota next month.
Consider those goals achieved and then some.
In the long-awaited return of the Bolder Boulder following two years of pandemic cancellations, White took the top honors in the men’s citizens race on Monday morning, outlasting Weisenberger down the stretch of the 10-kilometer race to lead the pack into the Folsom Field finish.
“I was hoping to place in the top 10. But lucky enough, I won,” White said. “We started going at about five and a half miles. I haven’t been this happy since 2018 nationals (when Dakota Ridge was third).
White, a Littleton native and a graduate of Dakota Ridge High School, just completed his freshman year on the track and cross country at the University of Wyoming. He had run the Bolder Boulder a pair of times during high school, but he obviously took it up a notch on Monday.
White finished in 31 minutes, 13.94 seconds, outpacing runner-up Weisenberger (31:19.10) by 5.16 seconds. Ian Butler, the three-year reigning men’s citizen’s race winner from 2019, finished third in 31:29.60.
When the most recent pre-pandemic Bolder Boulder was held in 2019, White had just finished his sophomore year of high school. Now, regardless of how the rest of his running career plays out at Wyoming, White’s name will forever be part of the lore in the biggest race in his home state.
“I was wondering if everyone who came out last time would come out again,” Young said. “But they did. It’s so great, and I was able to put up a real fast time. Most college races, you have a few parents there but mostly you’re running on your own. Here, the people come out and cheer and it’s all part of the tradition. It’s so cool to be a part of.”
Weisenberger, who lives in Thornton and trains with the Boulder Track Club, was competing in his third Bolder Boulder, having also run the race in each of the previous two editions in 2018 and 2019. Weisenberger had lived in Colorado only a few weeks when he ran his first Bolder Boulder in 2018. Afterward, he joined the Boulder Track Club, and Weisenberger credited that elite-level training for his impressive finish on Monday.
“I’m training for a marathon in a few weeks, and this was kind of like the last tune-up,” said Weisenberger, who competed in the previous two editions of the Bolder Boulder in 2018 and 2019. “I thought I had it, but (White) gapped me on that last hill and I could react fast enough. My old legs won’t go fast enough. But it was a good race. I’m so happy. I’ve been thinking about it this whole entire year, that I can’t wait for Bolder Boulder. To be with the community I run with, this is such a great community.
“It was me, Ian and (White) were battling throughout the whole thing. It was a fun race.”
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