SPOKANE, WA - The month of February is wrapping up and the plans for the 38th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run are well underway.
The 7.46 mile race is on Sunday, May 4th, along the streets of Spokane and there is still time to register. So far over 8,000 racers have signed up since online registration opened on January 1st. At least 50,000 runners are expected to register for the big race.
"We won't know until race weekend exactly how many people will join Spokane's annual celebration of health and community," said Bloomsday Association President Steven Jones. "But whoever signs up will have the great joy of participating in one of those life affirming events that makes Spokane such a wonderful and special place to live.
Along with online registration, printed entry brochures will soon be available at hundreds of locations in the Inland Northwest. Meanwhile, over 7,000 elementary school students have already started getting in shape by participating in a Fit for Bloomsday Fit For Life training program.
The race will start on Riverside Avenue near Lincoln Street and will finish at the north end of the Monroe Street Bridge, just above the Spokane River Falls.
Along with the run itself, this year's Bloomsday weekend will feature the ninth annual Marmot March, a non-competitive one-mile kids' event in Riverfront Park on Saturday, May 3, the day before Bloomsday. The Marmot March is for children second grade and younger who run with their parents, and is sponsored by Franz Bakery. It is open for the first 300 children who sign up.
2014 also marks the second year of Junior Bloomsday for 3rd and 4th grade runners, who will race over the same one-mile route as the Marmot March. This competitive race will be open to the first 200 3rd and 4th graders who sign up. It will take place one hour prior to Marmot March in Riverfront Park. Times will be recorded and T-shirts will be provided to all finishers.
You can register online here. The cost is $17, the lowest in the nation for a major running event.