Every year, about 55,000 runners take on the Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day. To help you prepare for the country’s second-largest 10K, there’s no better tune up series than Without Limits’ “Dine & Dash” 5K series. Made up of six races around Boulder’s scenic reservoir, you can work on your Bolder Boulder qualifying wave time or just enjoy the atmosphere and post-race dinner, which is included in the race registration. Whether you sign up for one of the six races in the series, or all of them, it’s the best deal around and fun-filled for every runner. Check out our interview with Lance Panigutti, a go-to guy at Without Limits, and find out why you need to dine and dash this spring! Register at withoutlimits.co.
How many years have you been putting on the Dash & Dine Series and how did you guys come up with such a fun idea?
This will be our seventh year producing the event and it was actually a long standing series started by Greg Cunningham which we took over. He did a great job building the event concept and we simply carried on the tradition.
What can runners expect when it comes to the race and post-race atmosphere?
A very laid back and organized layout. The new runners won’t feel intimidated by the atmosphere, but experienced athletes wanting to post a 5K PR will still feel the professionalism of an organized event.
What’s the race “makeup” of the runners participating?
That’s the best part as we’ve seen runners from all walks of life. From those athletes trying to break the 16-minute course record to walkers trying to get out there and work up to running their first 5K. It truly is the most diverse group of athletes I’ve seen for a running event.
Is the course the same at all six races?
Yes, it’s the same out and back course for all of the events, giving the athletes a chance to truly track their progress week to week!
What makes these races great for a Bolder Boulder wave qualification?
Overall what attracts runners is the fast nature of the course, and the fact that week in and week out they can track their progress.
Do you save money if you sign up for all six rather than paying for each individually?
We offer a 4-pack (most popular) and 6-pack registration that allows the price to come under $20. We’ve always tried to keep all our entry fees low and the Dash n’ Dine Series is no different at only $20 per individual race.
Every runner wants to know, what are we eating after our tough race and do runners get their food cost covered in the race registration?
Yes, the “dine” part of the event is all part of the entry fee. The menu all depends on the week, but anything from fish and chicken tacos from Wahoo’s to pasta and chicken Salad with pitas by Mad Greens.
Can my family and friends who spectate pay for some food and eat too?
Of course, the more the merrier and meal tickets are available for $5 for non-runners on site.
I hear there are some cool homemade, wax candle age group awards.
Awards are by 10-year age groups and the homemade candles have become a fan-favorite tradition. Every year the awards are different colors and scents, but the same great candle.
What is your favorite aspect of the Dine and Dash Series?
I love how low key the event is and it truly is a “mid-week shake off the rust” type event for seasoned veterans and weekend warriors. A lot of runners don’t know what to expect, but after their first week, they always have a great time.