SPOKANE-- The countdown is on for the 36th annual Bloomsday Run.
Friday marks the first chance for all runners to get their race and number packets.
Any ultimate procrastinators are still welcome to sign up, but they have to register by Saturday. Friday’s registration and information pick-up is open from 11:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center, and it runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Out-of-towners can pick up their numbers on race day.
Organizers say a little less than half of all participants, about 20,000 people, will check in by Friday night. They expect a majority to come through on Saturday since many of the people participating in the race had to work on Friday.
Runners can pick up another competitor’s packet if they have the other person’s name, age and date of birth.
Along with Check-In, the Bloomsday Trade Show is in full swing, with a variety of sports, fitness, and general interest exhibitors on site. The Trade Show is open during the same hours as Check-In.
Participants say the sign-in process is quick and easy. They say they’re ready for the race and believe it will be great this year because of Sunday’s forecast.
After a great response from the community, all volunteer positions for Sunday’s event have been filled. And as Sunday morning approaches, Bloomsday has announced that participants will be treated to a live starting line performance by two stellar vocalists—John Keston of Minnesota, who will sing "O, Canada," and Spokane’s own Ann Fennessy, who will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
The start line vocals will be a warm-up for a full slate of entertainment along the Bloomsday course, as nearly 30 performers are scheduled for race day. This year’s on-course entertainment includes music to please a variety of tastes, including rock, pop, punk, blues, bluegrass, ska, oldies, accordion and Christian.
Bloomsday entrants will be able to vote for their favorite performers again this year by logging on to www.bloomsdayrun.org after the race, and prizes of $500, $300, and $150 will be awarded to the winning entertainers. A full listing of this year’s performers is on Bloomsday’s website by clicking Race Information, then On-Course Entertainment on the drop-down menu.
The race starts downtown and loops through West Spokane. They begin on Riverside, head through Browne’s Addition and wrap around Spokane Falls Community College before going up the dreaded Doomsday Hill. They finally cross the finish line on the Monroe Street Bridge.
Bloomsday runners can connect to KREM.com to watch themselves cross the finish line. "Photo Finish" returns to KREM 2 News this year. We will post video of the finish line in five minute segments. You just have to lookup the five minute span when you finished to see yourself cross.
Spokane police are warning drivers to expect big delays near the convention center, but Bloomsday runners cannot avoid it. Riverside west of Monroe and the Monroe Street Bridge will be closed beginning at 5:00 a.m. Sunday. Other streets begin closing at 7:30 a.m. and should reopen around 2:00 p.m., or after the final walker passes the finish line.
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