Bloomsday 2019: Spokane woman gets creative, helps Doomsday Hill runners cool off
SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s the day tens of thousands of people from around the world block off on their calendar every spring. But forget about the runners — what about the people who live along Bloomsday’s seven-mile route, like Shirley Wendlandt?
Shirley lives along Lindeke, towards the sixth mile of the race. It’s something she doesn’t take lightly.
She has the best seat in the house — right after Doomsday Hill, right before the home stretch — and her front-row seat is on her front lawn.
“I just save the first of May, first Sunday of May for spectating and encouraging,” she says. “We just don’t plan on going anywhere.”
For the last ten years, every runner who’s heard the shotgun start and conquered Doomsday Hill before crossing the finish line has probably run by Shirley, her white lawn chair on Lindeke and her garden hose. Shirley kept the water running for Sunday’s race to give runners and walkers a chance to cool off before they crossed the finish line.
She says she always has and always will keep this weekend blocked off — so she can show her support in her own special way.
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