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Jr. Bloomsday returned for an in-person race Saturday

While running the course, racers got a glimpse of the elusive Bigfoot, who organizers say is a major Jr. Bloomsday fan.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Jr. Bloomsday is returned for an in-person race on Saturday, April 16. 

It was the first time in two years Bloomsday events were held in person. Kids from third to seventh grade were eligible to register for the Jr. Bloomsday event.

The course was on the campus of Spokane Falls Community College. The course was approximately one and a half miles long, finishing at the track stadium. 

The Jr. Bloomsday race ran in waves, with the first wave beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the last wave starting at 10:30 a.m. Waves were assigned in early April. Parents were not allowed to accompany their children on the Bloomsday course. 

Each participant was chip timed and received an official finish time at the conclusion of the race. 

All finishers were awarded a Silverwood Theme Park ticket, a Gatorade drink and the official Jr. Bloomsday finisher shirt. 

Jr. Bloomsday is Spokane's original kids' run. In the 80s and 90s, the race was the largest kids run in the United States. In 2019, the organization re-launched Jr. Bloomsday and 1,600 kids participated.

The Jr. Bloomsday event is the first of the three Bloomsday races. 

The Marmot March, for kids in third grade and below, will take place on Saturday, April 30. The official Bloomsday Race will kick off on Sunday, May 1. 

The Bloomsday race also allows participants to run the race remotely if they prefer. Virtual Bloomsday participants must complete their own 7.46-mile trek on any course of their choosing to receive a Virtual Bloomsday finisher shirt in the mail.


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