Clinic to prepare Bloomsday hopefuls in month before race day
SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s hard to believe Bloomsday is just one month away. Many people who have completed the race have said that it doesn’t matter if you choose to walk it or run it; the course is a challenge either way. A challenge you need to prepare for. At 7.46 miles, is one month out too late?
The answer according to St. Luke’s exercise physiologist Laura Wambold is no. She is helping with Providence Health Care’s and Kaiser Permanente’s free Bloomsday Clinics.
Each Saturday before the big race weekend, Bloomsday hopefuls gather bright and early at Spokane Community College for guest speakers, a warm up, stretch and a run/walk on their course. Participants started three weeks ago going one mile and each week leading up to Bloomsday, distance is increased by one mile.
“The Bloomsday clinics are really fun,” said Wambold. “It’s in a group setting so you are going through it with other people who need help with the training aspect as well and they prepare you really well with easing you in to the mileage each week.”
If you’d like to sign up for Bloomsday, registration is open. In order to apply by mail, you must send your registration forms in by April 17. If you have access to a computer, you can avoid paying the late registration fee by signing up through April 22. Registration is $20 till April 22. After, it doubles to $40.
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