Bloomsday Run in Spokane
Since 1977, the first Sunday in May has been dedicated to Spokane’s Lilac Bloomsday Run. What started as a small run with about 1,200 runners over 40 years ago has now become an annual tradition and national running event attracting tens of thousands of runners every May.
Bloomsday takes place the first Sunday of May at 9 am. An anticipated 50,000 participants are expected to run, walk, or jog the 12K course. Truly a race for everyone, runners of every level, walkers, wheelchairs, kids, and stroller pushers are all welcome.
The seven-and-a-half-mile run takes participants through a course beginning and ending in downtown Spokane near Riverfront Park. Much of the course offers views of the Spokane River with the finish line at the north end of the Monroe Street Bridge where the scenic Spokane Falls serve as a backdrop.
Bloomsday is also affordable. For just $22, participants get a great course, the coveted finishers t-shirt and an official race time. Every single participant gets a race time, no matter how fast or slow they cross the finish time.
Where: Downtown Spokane
When: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Distance: 12 kilometers (7.46 miles)
Entry Fee: $22
Entry Deadline: April 16, 2019
Late Entry Fee: $40
Race Start: 9:00 am
Courses Closes: 1:30 pm
Eligibility: Open to all runners, walkers, wheelchairs, assisted wheelchairs and strollers. All Ages.
Bloomsday Trade Show
Bloomsday weekend kicks off with the Bloomsday Trade Show at the Spokane Convention Center. Starting Friday afternoon, racers can pick-up their race packets and numbers at the trade show and then peruse the latest in fun run gear, fitness products, activities and events. Admission is free and open to the public -- even if you aren’t racing. But, if you visit the trades how and get the itch to join in the fun, you can register at the trade show for Sunday’s big event.
Even though anyone, any age, can participate in Bloomsday, in Spokane the kids get a race that’s all their own! Kids in grades 3-8 can participate in Junior Bloomsday at Avista Stadium on April 20, two weeks before the main event. It’s the culmination of the Fit For Bloomsday program that over 7,000 local students participate in each spring. The 1.25 mile course takes our youngest races through the Avista Stadium baseball grounds where they finish at home plate. Each finisher gets a special Junior Bloomsday shirt, a pass to Silverwood Theme Park, a free mini pizza and a souvenir bracelet.
A race made just for the littlest of racers! The Marmot March is one mile, non-competitive walk, jog or run for kids in third grade or younger. Marmot Marchers must be accompanied by an adult and registration is open to the first 300 participants. Marchers take off the Saturday before Bloomsday from the Red Wagon in Riverfront Park and get a special t-shirt to call their own.
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019; 9:00 am
Where: Red Wagon in Riverfront Park
Who: Children 3rd grade and younger accompanied by an adult. Limited to first 300 entries.