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More People Than Ever Could Run Bloomsday Race... Or Not

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Almost 51,000 people crossed the Bloomsday finish line last year. That number could be even higher this year (Photo: KHQ/SWX) Almost 51,000 people crossed the Bloomsday finish line last year. That number could be even higher this year (Photo: KHQ/SWX)
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Whether Bloomsday sees a record number of runners this year will be dependent on one thing and one thing alone, opined race organizers on Tuesday. That one thing: the weather.

Registration for the 12k road race in Spokane this Sunday is trending between 1,000 and 1,500 more than last year. Adding in the late registration it's expected Spokane could host as many as 57,000 participants. Whether than many will actually show up on race day, though, is the looming concern.

"Whether we beat [last year's] number will kind of depend on the weather, because there are people who sign up and if the weather looks like it does today they don't show up," said race founder Don Kardong. "If we get good weather we are hopeful we'll beat that mark from last year."

Last year 50,721 people crossed the finish line and got their traditional Bloomsday T-shirt.

 

NOTE: This year, as in year's past, KHQ and SWX will offer live coverage of Bloomsday beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday. Our live programming will also be streamed on SWXRightNow.com. The live stream online will be switched to the finish line as the masses start to cross. That video will then be archived on the website and broken up into segments of 15 minutes so you can see yourself cross the finish line!

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