Junior Bloomsday returns to Spokane after 20-year hiatus

SPOKANE, Wash. - With the sound of an air horn and thousands of feet pounding the pavement, an iconic Spokane race made its return to the Lilac City Saturday.

After a 20-year hiatus, Junior Bloomsday is back. A total of 1,700 kids raced the 1.25 mile course as countless families cheered them on in the stands at Avista Stadium.

"Today, today has been a fantastic day. Lots of smiles, lots of happy families and kiddos that just have had a great time on the course," said race director Jon Neill. "It's near and dear to all of our hearts."

This is just the beginning. Neill hopes to double this year's turnout in next year's race and parents like Heather Adams are all for it.

"I just, I love it. I think it's a great thing for Spokane and our community," Adams, whose 10-year-old Peyton ran the race, said. "To see her, out here running and doing her best, and hoping it could lead to something bigger someday, is really exciting."

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