Bloomsday 2013: Same excitement, more security

Published On: May 05 2013 10:56:30 AM PDT   Updated On: May 05 2013 11:49:55 AM PDT
Bloomsday runner
SPOKANE -

Bloomsday 2013, as is the case with years past, is bigger and better than ever. Along with the tradition this year though, came more security.

More than 50,000 people will be running the Bloomsday course. Countless more will be watching but this year they were not allowed to be at the starting line. 

Backpacks were not allowed at the race this year. That included Camelbacks and other backpack style hydration systems. Small hip packs with water were allowed.

Spectators were still allowed at the finish line to cheer on the thousands of Bloomsday runners as they finished the 12k race. 

The Bloomsday winners are as follows:

Women: Belete Assefa - Ethiopia

Men: Buzunesh Deba - Ethiopia

Women's Wheelchair Division: Susannah Scaroni (local)

Men's Wheelchair Division: Scott Parson (back-to-back wins)