Thousands expected for 42nd annual Bloomsday race

Thousands expected for 42nd annual Bloomsday race

About 43,000 folks are expected to flood the streets of Spokane on Sunday for the 42nd annual Bloomsday race. The race is a 12K which is roughly 7.5 miles.

“We are the fourth biggest in the country right now, ” said race director Don Kardong, “that’s behind the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, I think the New York City Marathon is two, and Boulder is third.”

The race festivities kicked off with the trade show at the Convention Center. Thousand turned out on Friday to check out the booths, register and get their race numbers.

“We’ve been doing it as a family for over thirty years” said Janet Lysek.

Organizers say the downtown construction won’t have any impact on the course, but spectators should plan extra time to get to the course. With Riverfront Park still under construction, for those parking near the Arena they suggest walking down.

For security concerns they are not allowing folks to wear backpacks near the start line or on the course, unless they are clear. Spectators won’t have access to the finish line.

“It’s such an interesting event, we will ha e some of the fastest in the world, and folks out just enjoying the sun,” said Kardong.

He says the course record for men is 33:51 which was set in 2008. For women it is 38:03, set in 2016.