Bloomsday Sunday May 5th

Bloomsday Sunday May 5th

If you ever wanted to know how Bloomsday got it's name, read on:  Bloomsday Name

Read below for some interesting factoids to impress your friends and fellow Bloomies, while you're standing en-mass launching inflatable beach balls:

May 1,1977: Registered: 1,400  Finished: 1,198 
The first Bloomsday race was created by Don Kardong who is a local schoolteacher and a 4th place marathon athlete at the Montreal Olympic Games. The course is 8 miles long and begins at 1:30 p.m. with temperatures in the 80's. There are 7 people treated for heat stroke.  The race starts out going across the Maple Street Bridge and heading down Doomsday Hill. Cars are allowed on the course with the runners.

May 6, 1979: Registered: 10,082  Finished: 10,070
This years race starts at noon.  The last people to finish the race find XL sized t-shirts are the only sizes left. Throughout the race, large numbers of spectators get in the way of the runners. The pounding of the pavement by the runners causes the light poles on the Maple Street Bridge to sway! DOT officials are concerned the lights could fall on runners and a new route is suggested for the following Bloomsday races, resulting in two starting areas on Spokane Falls Blvd and Riverside Ave to ease the load on the bridge.

May 4, 1980: Registered: 13,576  Finished: 11,962
Bloomsday is considered the third-largest running event in the United States.  60,000 people turn out to watch the race, which follows a route similar to the course today. This years race starts at noon and 38 runners are treated for heatstroke.

May 3, 1981:  
Registered: 17,000  Finished: 15,546
This years Bloomsday race starts at 9 a.m. which helps minimize the instances of heatstroke. There are estimated to be close to 100,000 people out watching the event.


Since 1986, the Lilac Bloomsday Run has had over 40,000 participants every year.  Last year, 2012, over 53,000 individuals signed up for Bloomsday run.

Happy Feet, Happy Running, Happy Walking, Happy Spectating (don't know if that's a word but I'm going with it!) See you at the races! (probably not but just going with it again!)

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