Bosshard's Record-Breaking Passion

By Iman Hamdan

8,000 meters stand between Joe Bosshard and the finish line. Remaining calm, cool, and collected in those final seconds before the race is underway is this University of Colorado cross country runner's remedy for staying focused. With his eyes on the prize, Bosshard takes off in pursuit of being one of the greatest long distance runners in Colorado's history.

Prior to becoming a long distance runner, this Wisconsin native competed in logrolling for eight years of his childhood. He won the title of world champion logroller for the six and under division. By his sophomore year of high school, Bosshard found himself entering into the world of cross country.

"I started to find a love for running," said Bosshard. "It wasn't something I initially enjoyed doing, but it kind of became a habit over time. It was something that I couldn't live without."

Although he did not shine on the high school athletic scene, it was always his dream to be a Colorado runner.

"I knew the University of Colorado was the place I wanted to run," said Bosshard. "And knowing that they had a long history of success and one of the best programs in the country was always a thing in the back of my mind."

With relentless determination to prove himself on the collegiate scene, Bosshard was persistent in snatching up the golden opportunity to run for the university he loved all his life.

Four emails of interest later the door of opportunity opened after head coach Mark Wetmore responded.

Being on a long distance runner scholarship requires Bosshard to participate in cross country as well as track. In cross country he runs 8,000 or 10,000 meters depending on the race. Meanwhile, in track he participates in the 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter races.

Bosshard had one goal in mind. He wanted to crack into the top seven ranked Colorado runners of all time. He accomplished this as a redshirt freshman in 2009.

That same year he received an All-American honor for the 10,000 meter in track. By 2010 he won yet another All-American honor. This time it was for cross country.

Also in 2010 he placed first in the Rocky Mountain Shootout, which in turn led to a first place team win. This win placed Bosshard third on the list of Colorado's fastest male runners for that course.

However his most memorable experience as a runner came during track season.

"Winning the 10,000 and 5,000 in the Big 12 Championships for track is the most memorable because no other CU man has done that in the same conference meet," said Bosshard. "I also set both of the conference records that weekend."

With his endurance, speed, and genuine love for running Bosshard hopes to one day qualify for the Olympic Trials.

Beyond the track and courses, the Colorado junior is majoring in financing.

Recently, he helped start up the Business of Sports Club on campus. As an executive member, Bosshard's main job is to draw awareness to the newly formed group. Recently the club hosted and partook in some interesting events.

"We are working on bringing speakers in from around the area," said Bosshard. "Last week we had the director of marketing for the Denver Broncos come in and speak. We are also attending an Avalanche game which includes a tour of the Pepsi Center and a behind the scenes look."

From being a top-ranked runner, to an actively involved student, Bosshard leaves incoming freshmen athletes with one piece of advice: "Keep expectations reasonable."

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