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Bloomsday 2018 sees lowest participation since 1985

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Sunday 38,187 people crossed the finish line for the 42nd annual Lilac Bloomsday Run. The total amount of people who registered for this year's event was 41,699.

According to the run's website, Bloomsday 2018 saw the lowest turn out since 1985 (when 39,662 people registered and 37,736 finished) and was the seventh year in a row race participation has declined. 

The race reached its peak in 1996 when 61,298 people registered and 56,156 people crossed the finish line. The lowest recorded turnout was the first run, in 1977, when 1,400 signed up and 1,198 finished the race. 

Here's the numbers of finishers from recent years:

2017: 39,371

2016: 43,018

2015: 43,026

2014: 44,681

2013: 47,298

2012: 48,229

2011:  51,303

2010: 50,721


You can find the full history of Bloomsday participation here.


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