SPOKANE--For many people in the Spokane area, Bloomsday is a tradition that involves their family and friends. One Spokane family’s Bloomsday shirt collection is catching the eye of many of their neighbors on the South Hill.
Mike Dix has been running in Bloomsday since he was in 1st grade back in the mid-80’s and every year he looks forward to picking up his t-shirt after finishing the race.
The race is a family affair with everyone participating in some way. Mike’s mom ran in the first race in the late 70s.
Dix says every year he and his family try to guess what color the t-shirt is going to be. Every year Mike would bet on yellow and every year he’d be wrong.
He’s reminded of all those years he was wrong because his family puts the shirts on display along their fence. The collection starts on one end of the fence and keeps going around the side towards their neighbor’s house.
The shirts were finally the color yellow in 2011; the one year Mike couldn’t run in the race because of knee surgery.
Based on what’s missing from the shirt collection, Mike thinks this year’s color will be pink.