35,233 people cross Bloomsday finish line, lowest turnout in 35 years

35,233 people cross Bloomsday finish line, lowest turnout in 35 years

The 43rd Lilac Bloomsday Run had the lowest participation in 35 years.

Sunday night, Bloomsday organizers announced 38,541 people had registered for the 2019 race but only 35,233 of them crossed the finish line.

That’s the lowest turnout since 1984, when 33,312 registered and 30,463 finished. Bloomsday participation has been on a steady decline since 2011, which saw 51,303 finishers.

All-time high Bloomsday turnout was in 1996, when 61,298 people signed up and 56,156 completed the race.

Despite the downturn in people actually participating in the 12k, the Bloomsday event is still estimated to bring in about $9 million in direct economic impact for the city of Spokane.

See the Bloomsday turnout numbers through the years here.

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