‘It’s the magic of Spokane’: Community celebrates Bloomsday

SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s the first Sunday in May, but Spokanites know it as “Bloomsday.” The 12k race is still virtual this year, but that didn’t keep people from getting out to celebrate.

Usually, the event draws thousands to downtown Spokane. Today, there weren’t that many people, but Dave Jackson and his family still found a way to make it out. Dave had his knee replaced in December, but he still worked up his strength so he could participate.

“I’ve been putting in lots and lots of miles in of walking and a little bit of jogging, that’s all,” Dave said. “My mindset is I just want to finish, you know, get ‘er done and get that shirt in the mail.”

This is his 43rd Bloomsday, and this year he brought along his son, Henry, who’s just happy he can enjoy the sunshine again.

“I like it, especially since last year we were all online and couldn’t really go outside that much, but I’m just excited,” Henry said.

Since the event is virtual, anyone can run the race on their own time. You can still sign up for the event here and participate through May 9. While the event is a quite a bit different, it’s still special for Spokane.

“It means just about everything [in Spokane],” Charlie Jackson said. “If we didn’t have Bloomsday, I don’t know what else we’d have going on.”

“It’s the magic of Spokane,” Dave said. “It’s amazing.”

Since the event is virtual, traffic isn’t blocked off, so participants have to be mindful of cars and open roads.

“You have to be careful because there’s cars, and there’s real traffic just like there’s real traffic right now,” Dave said.

This year, there are participants from all 50 states running in Bloomsday. Everyone who finishes the race will still receive a finisher t-shirt in the mail.

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