The need to knows about Bloomsday safety

As thousands converge on downtown Sunday for the big race, the organizers of Bloomsday are asking that you be aware of what you should and shouldn’t bring down with you.

Particularly in the starting area, they say that you won’t be allowed near if you have an opaque or cloth bag or backpack. That includes Camelbacks and similarly, you should only bring clear water bottles.

If you need a bag in the starting area, you are able to bring a small fanny pack.

They would also prefer you not bring non-see through backpacks, bags, or coolers if you are setting up along the race course.

For more information click here to go to the Bloomsday website.

The Spokane Police Department will also be out in force this weekend.

“Its an all hands on deck weekend for us,” said Teresa Fuller, a spokeswoman for the department, “we will have officers or department volunteers out on almost every block.

She encourages anyone that may see anything off or suspicious to approach one of the officers and report it. You can also call Crimecheck or 9-1-1.

She says that officers will be strict about not allowing anyone without a Bloomsday race tag onto the course and that you are not allowed to bring pets, unless they are service animals.

The course will have five water stations, with four medical stations nearby. There will also be a medical station near the finish line and near the t-shirt distribution.

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