More than 100 officers and volunteers help Bloomsday stay secure



Posted on May 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Updated Sunday, May 4 at 7:44 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Downtown Spokane was jammed on Sunday for Bloomsday. Security was tight at the event.

More than 100 Spokane police officers and volunteers were spread across the course. Racers said safety was not an issue.

Backpacks were not allowed at the race. That rule was in response to bombings at the Boston Marathon.

"You go into the gate and there are four or five officers making sure there aren't backpacks or anything,” said participant Sam Fickel.

Staff allowed runners to wear fanny packs at the 2014 race. A helicopter flew overhead the race and dozens of Spokane police officers and volunteers kept their eye out for anything out of the ordinary.

"I'd consider it very important to look for weird stuff and I didn't see any of it today,” said volunteer Damon Impett.
Officers and fire crews said everything was smooth sailing for the most part.

"We have a few band aids. A few cars tried to drive through but everything has been great,” said an official.

The security presence was what put Fickel at ease.

"Seeing all the security and people makes me know it's going to be alright if something bad happens,” said Fickel.

Spokane police said no major incidents were reported on Sunday.

A number of people suffered from heat stroke in 2013 at the event. In 2014, fire officials said they only saw minor injuries such as sprained or rolled ankles. They said Sunday’s cool weather played a big role in that.