By Tracey Murdock, Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority
Every Memorial Day, tens of thousands of runners and supporters gather in Boulder, Colorado, for one of the largest 10-kilometer road races in the world. The BOLDERBoulder race began more than 40 years ago, with 2,700 registrants in its first race. Since then, it has grown to more than 50,000 registered runners and is hailed as “America’s All-Time Best 10k” by Runner’s World Magazine. In addition, the BOLDERBoulder ends with one of the largest Memorial Day tributes in the United States.
The race and ceremony bring more than 100,000 people to Folsom Field in Boulder. As with any large event, the sheer number of people can cause communication challenges for local first responders. During the 2022 race, public safety in Boulder turned to new FirstNet tools to enable communication and connectivity at the emergency operations center (EOC) and throughout the race course.