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Bosley hopes race No. 30 runs smoother

Several problems plagued 29th Bolder Boulder

Cliff Bosley can't get no satisfaction.

But could he some day?

The Bolder Boulder race director is always looking for ways to make the annual Memorial Day event better. One of the race sponsors joked on Monday that Bosley should book the Rolling Stones for next year's 30th edition.

"I think the participants have a sense that because we've been around for 30 years that we should do something fun and different or unique next year," Bosley said.

Music is already a major part of the race with bands lining the course to entertain the participants. At least one of those bands is now more than almost famous.

"Three years ago The Fray played on our course ... that was the first year we ever did a compilation CD of all our course bands, and there they are on track 1," Bosley said of the Denver-based band that has now been discovered by just about every pop radio station in the country. "If The Fray wanted to come back, we'd work out a deal for them. Or maybe they could work out a deal for us."

The Bolder Boulder was the place to be on Monday as the 29th running of the race shattered the record for registered entrants with 50,816. The previous high was 48,242 in 2003, which was the 25th Bolder Boulder.

Bosley anticipates even more interest in the 30th Bolder Boulder and his focus is on making the bigger race a smoother race.

"What more can we do in our 30th that we're not doing now?" he wondered aloud after Monday's festivities were wrapping up. "Are there more teams that can come race? Is there a bigger field? Are their other entertainment features beyond the 36 bands on the course?"

It takes race workers about three weeks to "put the race tobed." After the clean-up efforts, Bosley's staff will get together for a four-day planning session for the 2008 race. And after taking a vacation, preparations for the 30th Bolder Boulder will start getting serious in July.

This year the race came up short on the number of packed lunches it needed for runners after the finish. There are also bugs to work out with the tag timing; the technology will be used again next year, but the system was unable to deliver the instant feedback organizers were hoping for. In fact, race officials weren't anticipating being able to post runners' results until noon today.

And the Bolder Boulder, despite an impressive medical response, had a runner die on the course for the first time in race history.

"Right now the post-race discipline is to immediately and absolutely write down everything that didn't go right so that we can at least talk about it," Bosley said. "Because you think (the mistakes) hurt so bad now that you're never going to forget, and invariably you do. So the diligence is to write it now and do decompressions with all of our volunteer groups."

In other words, extra lunches will be packed next year just in case Mick and Keith decide to show up for the party.

"My dad always said that it's not how big we are," said Bosley, whose father Steve co-founded the Bolder Boulder along with Frank Shorter in 1979. "It's nice to be of a relative stature, but only if we can do things right and do it right."

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