BOULDER WAVE was founded in Boulder, Colorado, USA in November 1993 to support the efforts of elite athletes coming to Boulder for high-altitude training. As the athletes who hired us performed better and better – Yuko Arimori’s marathon bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and her teammate Hiromi Suzuki’s marathon gold medal at the 1997 Athens World Championships were the breakthroughs – we expanded into athlete representation and management. As we look ahead to our 25th anniversary on November 3, 2018, we continue to provide both training and management support at the very highest levels.
The numbers bear out our success: In the 17 Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships held from 1996 through 2017, athletes either supported or represented by Boulder Wave won 14 medals in the women’s marathon, including six gold medals. Our most recent medalist was Edna Kiplagat, who won the silver medal at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, the third medal of her illustrious career after gold medals in 2011 Daegu and 2013 Moscow. The numbers speak to a success rate in women’s marathoning unmatched by any other group in the world: On average a woman assisted by Boulder Wave is winning a marathon medal in almost every (14 in 17 tries) world championship or Olympics, including over one-third (6 of 17) of the gold medals.
In addition to this phenomenal medal success, athletes we have assisted or represented have also won all six of the races that now constitute the Abbott World Marathon Majors group. Beyond this success at the global elite level, our athletes have also won most top road races in the world and numerous other marathons around the world.
From our first day our slogan has been, “In training to be world class,” reflecting our primary goal of bringing athletes to the highest levels of world-class competition.