The Lilac Bloomsday Association presents the 40th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run.

  • Sunday, May 7, 2017
  • 12 Kilometers (7.46 miles)
  • Spokane, Washington

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Bloomsday is always the first Sunday in May. Bloomsday will be

Sunday, May 7, 2017

 

Future dates include:

  • May 1, 2016
  • May 7, 2017
  • May 6, 2018
  • May 5, 2019
  • May 3, 2020
  • May 2, 2021
  • May 1, 2022
  • May 7, 2023
  • May 5, 2024

For information on volunteering, click here

96 people have done every Bloomsday. We call them the Perennials, and they're listed under Results, Perennials.

Founder Don Kardong chose the name, which is a joining of Spokane's favorite flower to the word James Joyce scholars use to describe the day events in the novel Ulysses take place. Confused? Intrigued? Read on... 

According to Kardong, a road race is an odyssey, not unlike the one Ulysses endured in his return to Ithaca after the Trojan War, a journey described in great detail by the Greek poet Homer. In 1917 James Joyce wrote "Ulysses" about one day in the life of a man (Leopold Bloom) in Dublin, Ireland. Bloom spends the day wandering through the streets of Dublin in a rough parallel of his Greek counterpart Ulysses, and that day (June 16) has become known to Joyce scholars and aficionados as "Bloomsday." 

The 7-1/2-mile odyssey through the streets of Spokane was dubbed The Lilac Bloomsday Run, combining Spokane's moniker "The Lilac City" with the premise of Joyce's novel, which is that ordinary people are involved in unassuming and yet heroic journeys every day of their lives. A citizen who travels 7-1/2 miles on the first Sunday of May encounters trials, hazards and monsters during his or her odyssey through the Lilac City before ending up back home.

The Lilac Bloomsday Run is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Net proceeds are invested in future Bloomsday Runs. Bloomsday also supports a designated charity every year.

The Lilac Bloomsday Run is not affiliated with the Lilac Festival. Their website is www.spokanelilacfestival.org. You can also reach festival organizers at (509) 535-4554.

America's Kids Run was organized by a different group, and it has been discontinued. Bloomsday, though, organizes a Marmot March for 2nd grade and younger children (accompanied by their parents) on the day before Bloomsday.

If your Bloomsday questions have not been answered here (or in the rest of this website) you can email your questions directly to the Bloomsday Office.

Yes! Bloomsday encourages the participation of anyone capable of completing the 12-kilometer distance, including children. Running is a safe activity, and every year thousands of kids successfully run, jog or walk the Bloomsday course. At a time when youth fitness nationally is in decline, parents in the Spokane region have a great opportunity to motivate kids by encouraging them to get in shape to complete the 7.46-mile Bloomsday Run. We leave it to parents and guardians to decide whether a child is mature enough to enjoy the challenge, and sufficiently trained and capable of going the distance.

But please note: To make sure kids have a safe and positive experience, Bloomsday discourages participants age 12 and younger from competing for a fast time or place. While we know competition can be a great motivator and lots of fun, the large number of adult runners in Bloomsday increases the risk to children who are trying to run as fast as possible. In addition, anecdotal evidence indicates that competition over long distances does not help prepubescent youngsters develop into more successful adolescent or adult runners, and more often leads to early "burn-out." Kids are also more susceptible to heat-related problems, and when the urge to compete overrides the body’s signals to slow down, trouble lies ahead.

For these reasons, Bloomsday believes that participation for those age 12 and under should focus on enjoyment rather than competition. Going the distance is the key, and preparation is encouraged. To underscore this, Bloomsday will not seed runners to the front of the pack until they’re at least 13 years of age, no matter how talented they are. In addition, Bloomsday will not publish comparative placing in divisions below age 13. In our book, every kid who runs, jogs, walks or wheels 7.46 miles is a winner. And we encourage parents to make sure that message comes through loud and clear.

There are several ways to enter Bloomsday.

Enter Online:

You can enter online beginning in January. Please note: a $1.99 processing fee will be added to all online entries ($3.89 for late online entries).

The online registration deadline for the $18.00 fee is April 17th. Late online registration is available on April 19th through April 24th for $35.00.

Enter by Mail:

Entry brochures will be available in early March, and can be found at Washington Trust branches, Sports Authority stores, Safeway stores, and Franz (Snyder's) Outlet Stores in the Spokane area. Beginning in March you can also download the entry form to mail in from our Register by Mail page. You can also request an entry brochure by sending a SASBE (Self Addressed Stamped Business Envelope) to:

Bloomsday 
1414 N. Belt St.
Spokane, WA 99201

Mail-in entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 12.

Enter in person--exclusively at Sports Authority stores:

From March 2nd until April 12th, you can register at The Sports Authority locations in Spokane--15118 E. Indiana Ave. or 9620 N. Newport Highway--during normal business hours.

 

Printed Bloomsday entry forms will be available throughout the Spokane region and the Northwest (almost any running store will have them), as well as in Canada, beginning about March 1, 2016. Key locations are listed below. (We advise calling before making a special trip to any location to pick up an entry form--businesses do run out!)

Washington Trust Bank--All branch locations in Spokane, Columbia Basin, Wenatchee, Tri-Cities and North Idaho.

Safeway Stores--In Spokane, Spokane Valley and Coeur d'Alene.

Franz (Snyder's) Bakery Outlets--In Spokane at Fancher Road, Market Street, Sprague Avenue (Valley), & Monroe Street. Idaho: Coeur d'Alene and Lewiston. Other Washington locations: Moses Lake, Yakima, Kennewick, Wenatchee, & Walla Walla.

Premera Blue Cross--Spokane location.

Holy Family Hospital & Sacred Heart Medical Center--Spokane.

Sports Authority--Sports Authority stores in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene will have entry forms as well as in-store registration until 9:00 p.m. April 12. Entry brochures will also be available at Sports Authority stores in Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Missoula, Moscow, and at the Auburn (Washington) Super Mall.
 
Additional Locations...

...in CANADA--Gord's Running Store (Calgary), Runners Soul (Lethbridge).

...in SEATTLE--Super Jock 'n' Jill; Boeing

...in EVERETT, WASHINGTON--Lady Footlocker, GTE Fitness Center

...in PULLMAN, WASHINGTON--WSU CUB, Absolute Fitness

...in COLFAX, WASHINGTON--Colfax Chamber of Commerce

...in WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON--Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce, Cummings Athletics

...in YAKIMA, WASHINGTON--Yakima Athletic Club, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Baby Jogger

...in COLVILLE, WASHINGTON--Clark's All Sports

...in THE TRI-CITIES, WASHINGTON--Tri City Court, Pasco Parks & Rec

...in POST FALLS, IDAHO--Famous Footwear

...in MOSCOW, IDAHO--Tri-State Distributors

...in SUN VALLEY, IDAHO--Sun Valley Athletic Club

...in BOISE, IDAHO--Bandanna Running & Walking, Athlete's Foot

...in PORTLAND, OREGON--Eastside Pace Setter, GI Joe's, Nike Town, Foot Traffic, Fleet Feet Sports

...in BEAVERTON, OREGON--Pace Setter Athletic

...in MISSOULA, MONTANA--High Country Sports

...in HELENA, MONTANA--Another Mile

...in KALISPELL, MONTANA--Universal Athletics

If you enter before the on-time deadline, the fee is $18.00. For online entries, a processing fee ($1.99) is added. Late registration--available online from April 18th through the 24th, and at Check-In on race weekend until 6:30 p.m. Saturday--is $35.00 (a processing fee of $3.89 is added to late online registrations).

If you miss the on-time deadline, you can enter online for $35.00 plus processing fee of $3.89 from April 18th through the 24th, or you can do late registration on Friday, April 29th from 11:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 30th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Spokane Convention Center (334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.). The late fee is $35 (a processing fee is added for online registrations).

Yes, if you entered online. Just choose the Registration/Register Online link on the left side of Bloomsday’s home page (www.bloomsdayrun.org), and then follow the information under the box ("Need to change information?”). You’ll need to know the email address and password you used (or that someone else used) when you signed up. This option is only available for online entrants, and only until April 17th.

Unfortunately, orders for souvenir shirts, 40th-year medal, mailing of the Bloomsday Souvenir Results Booklet, and other add-ons can’t be changed.  Additional mailings of the Souvenir Results Booklet can be purchased at the Bloomsday Souvenir Booth at the Trade Show, where souvenir shirts will also be for sale.

If your entry was mailed (or if you entered online but this is later that April 17th), you’ll need to wait until race weekend to make any changes to the information you provided. First, pick up your race number, then go to the Solutions desk and ask for the information to be changed. If you’re requesting a change to a faster starting group, it helps to bring information verifying your ability (e.g. copies of results from other events).

T-shirt selections do not need to be corrected (we use the information to place the order, but you can select any size you want at T-shirt distribution after you finish).

The times associated with each color group, and the color groups themselves, aren’t determined until all the entries are in. Basically the computer divides the entire field into six groups based on the amount of space for each color at the start, as well as estimated finish times and other information we have available for each individual from past Bloomsdays, but that isn’t possible until all the information has been collected.

We'll notify online entrants of their color group a few days before Bloomsday, by which time we'll have all the entries processed. Entrants who mail in their entries won't be able to receive notification in advance, but will find out their color group when they check in on Bloomsday weekend.

No, you can only enter someone in Marmot March by downloading an entry form and mailing it it. Marmot March is limited to 300 participants, and details (and an entry form) are available by clicking the Marmot March button on the Blooomsday website.
Online registration: Yes, as long as online registration is still open, you have all the information requested, and you have authorization from the person you're signing up to e-sign the waiver.

Mail-in, or sign-up during late registration on race weekend: Yes, as long as you have a signed entry form for the individual you're signing up.

Yes! Well over half of Bloomsday participants are walkers.

They're welcome! For safety reasons, operators and occupants of strollers, Baby Joggers, and non-competitive wheelchairs MUST line up in the Red section and MUST WALK the entire course. In addition, anyone with a Red number, even if not pushing a stroller or chair, must walk the entire course. Any operator or occupant of a stroller or wheelchair, and anyone wearing a red number, whose net finish time is faster than 1:40 will not be timed and may be disqualified.

Also, both operators and occupants must be officially entered by paying the entry fee. That way everyone's time will be recorded, and everyone will receive a finisher's T-shirt. Your infant or toddler may not be able to wear that shirt now, but he or she will thank you for it later!

Yes, all participants, whether running, walking or being pushed MUST register for Bloomsday.  We have youth extra small, youth medium and youth large shirts for young registrants. Your infant may not be able to wear that shirt now, but he or she will thank you for it some day!

Due to the method used to process entries that are mailed, we can't keep groups together for entries that arrive in the mail. Mailed entries are seeded individually based on information we have for each entrant and the amount of space available for each color group at the start. Unfortunately, this sometimes means runners who mail in their entries together and list the same estimated finish time may be seeded into different color groups.

The simplest way to keep a group of runners together is for everyone to enter online at the same time (or for the same person to do all the registrations for the group), because there's a way for us to keep online registrants together (see instructions during the online entry process). In that case, your group will all be seeded to the color group of the person in your group with the slowest qualifying time.

If you pick up your number at Check-In and you find that you’re not in the same group with people you want to participate with, keep in mind that you’re allowed to move BACK to a color group that starts later than yours. You can’t move forward to a faster color group, but it’s fine to move back. So if members of your group don’t have the same color, you don’t need to do anything other than move back on race morning to the color group of the member of your group who starts latest.

If moving back isn’t an acceptable solution for some reason, please ask volunteers at the Solutions desk at Check-In for assistance.

Corporate Cup registration opens at 9:00 a.m. on February 1, 2016.

The deadline to register your team is Friday, February 26, 2016 or when the number of paid teams reaches 350, whichever comes first. Almost every year Corporate Cup fills up within a few hours, so please enter early to make sure your team is included! The deadline for team members to confirm their registration is Monday, February 29, 2016.

You may read the Corporate Cup Entry Rules by clicking here.

Yes, registration will close early if the number of paid teams reaches 350 before the registration deadline. Be sure to register early!

No. Mail-in entries are not permitted. All registrations must be completed online.

The team registration fee for 2016 is $500.

You must pay your team registration fee online. You can pay with the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. You may also pay with a check, but your team's eligibility will be delayed until payment is received (you can invite your team members to register in the meantime).

Please make checks payable to Click Management, Inc. Additionally, please be sure to note your team name and team number on your check and mail it within 7 days of registering your team, but no later than Monday, February 22, 2016 to: 

Click Management, Inc. 
Attn: Bloomsday Corporate Cup 
PO Box 31364 
Spokane, WA 99223-3022

Important: Your team is not eligible for Corporate Cup until payment is received by us. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not delay sending in your payment.

The last day for team captains to make changes to their Corporate Cup team(s) is Friday, February 26, 2016.

@BloomsdayCorporateCup
Around the first of April, your Corporate Cup team packet with your tech tees for your team members will be mailed to your team captain.  To make your tech tee distribution streamlined, your team captain will also receive an email with a summary of your tech tee order, including the names of your team members and his or her chosen tech tee size. Please try on your tech tees before personalization.  We encourage each team member to wear the tech tee; however, wearing this is not required to gain entrance into the Corporate Cup start area.  Rather, each member must wear his or her runner bib on the front of their tee (bibs are distributed on race weekend).  Anyone not wearing a PINK corporate cup number will not be allowed to enter the Corporate Cup starting area.    Please note if one of your team members registered after the registration deadline, he or she may not have his or her chosen tech tee size.  However, we do our best to facilitate exchanges if possible.
Feel free to personalize your tee with your company name, individual name, or team name or motto on your tech tee.  Please first make sure the tee fits the person it is intended for.   We cannot accept exchanges for tees that have been personalized.
If you need to exchange your tech tee, and it has not been personalized, you may exchange it at the Corporate Cup check in on race weekend.  If you need it earlier than race weekend, you may contact Carol Hunter to do so. Sizes for exchange are subject to availability.
Corporate Cup team members or someone else on his or her behalf (i.e. team captain, teammate, friend, relative, etc) must pick up their bib numbers at the Corporate Cup check-in located at Spokane Convention Center.  All Corporate Cup team members will receive a PINK number.  Each timing chip is affixed to the runner number.  If you wear a number of any other color you will not be permitted to start in the Corporate Cup start area, and your results will not be counted in the Corporate Cup competition.  Bibs are organized by company name, so please be prepared to give that information to the check-in volunteer.
Corporate Cup check-in will be open the same hours as the regular Bloomsday check-in: Friday, April 29, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.  For out of town entrants only, check in is offered on Sunday, May 1st, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 
If any team member registered for Bloomsday individually prior to joining your team, make sure he or she picks up their PINK Corporate Cup number at check-in.  No other runner number can be used.  Without the PINK Corporate Cup number and corresponding timing chip, your team member will NOT be able to enter the Corporate Cup start area and will NOT be included in the Corporate Cup results.  Make certain team members do not apply for Elite Seeding because runners who wear an "Elite" number are also deleted from Corporate Cup results. Please note: Registration fees are non-refundable.
If a team member is injured or otherwise unable to participate, you may find a replacement for him or her.  However, there will be a $25.00 charge for each replacement.  The exiting participant should provide their tech tee to their substitute.  Tech tee exchanges may be made at the time of check-in (see ‘Can I exchange my tech tee for another size?’), but you are encouraged to contact Carol Hunter prior to check in if possible (Please remember, personalized tees cannot be exchanged.)
All Corporate Cup runners may start on Post and Riverside which is accessed via Post Street from either the north or the south. Please refer to the race map. You may warm up on Post Street to the north and south of the Corporate Cup start area prior to the prompt 9:00 a.m. start. Remember, your team members must wear their Corporate Cup PINK bibs (runner numbers) to gain access to the exclusive “front of the pack” Corporate Cup starting area. This start is for runners.  If a Corporate Cup participant is determined to have walked within the first mile, his or her team may be subject to disqualification.  Remember, this is for the safety of all Bloomsday participants.
You and/or your team members may choose to “self-seed” if you or they do not want to start at the front of the pack, if they are walkers, or if they are participating with non-Corporate Cup family and/or friends.  It is imperative that walkers not start in the Corporate Cup area because they will impede the faster runners who start behind them.   With their PINK Corporate Cup Race Numbers, they may start with any color group (excluding the elite start) behind the Corporate Cup start (i.e. in yellow or any color behind yellow).  Their times will still be accurately recorded as it will be determined by their timing chip, not the starting gun.
Thanks to our Corporate Cup sponsor, Northwest Orthopedic Specialty Clinic and the Lilac Bloomsday Association, each team member will receive a sturdy and reusable athletic bag at check-in to be used on race day.  Just pack all the items you will need after the race inside the zippered portion of the bag, mark the bag with your race number, and hand it to the volunteers at one of the two gear bag trucks located to the North and South of the start line. Your team members’ bags will be waiting for them at the Tent Party in Riverfront Park.
The Tent party, will be held in Riverfront Park in the Clock Tower Meadow.  Celebrate with your team members and other Corporate Cup participants! The PINK Corporate Cup race numbers are your team members’ tickets to the party.  At the party, enjoy beverages, food, (including select items from David’s Pizza, Noodle Express, King of Taco, The Scoop), massage, and coffee. Along with live music by the band ADVENTURE and DJ LOCKE. Local beer from River City Brewing will be also available for you and your team to enjoy..
The Corporate Cup beer garden hosted by River City will be at the Corporate Cup Tent party.  Need we say more? (Well, yes…..)  BE SURE TO PACK IDENTIFICATION IF YOU PLAN TO VISIT THE BEER GARDEN.  NO EXCEPTIONS.
You may purchase additional guest tickets to the party for $10.00 per person.   If your team purchased additional guest tickets at registration, they were enclosed in your Corporate Cup Team Tech Tee packet.  If you did not pre-order any and would like to purchase additional guest tickets, you may purchase them at Corporate Cup check-in during Bloomsday weekend or you may contact the tent party coordinator, Matt, via email at matt@designedbybaroque.com.
This year we are once again partnering with Photoboxx to offer all our Corporate Cup participants FREE souvenir prints directly off their Twitter and Instagram accounts. Include #BloomsdayCorporateCup in the description of your social media posts and Photoboxx will automatically print the photos and have them available for pickup at their booth in the Corporate Cup area.

Your team receives one complimentary team photo, which can be taken at the Post Race Party. You may also order additional photos through the PhotoBoxx method – Details above.

Both individual and Corporate Cup team results will be printed in the Inlander's Souvenir Results booklet available on Tuesday, May 3rd.  Alternatively, you can view the results by logging on to our website, www.bloomsdayrun.org, on Monday, May 2nd.  If you wish, you can pre-order a copy of The Inlander's Results Book at the Bloomsday Trade Show on Friday or Saturday of Bloomsday weekend.
Teams who have registered with creative team names are included in the list of names to be considered for this contest.  Impartial judges meet before Bloomsday and the winners are decided. Click here to see if your team is among the finalists for this year's team name contest.  The top three will be announced in the Inlander's Bloomsday Results section.
Trophies will be presented to the top three overall teams, division champions, and team name contest winners at the fun-filled Corporate Cup Awards Luncheon.  Details will be provided to those teams on Monday, May 2nd.
Corporate Cup is limited in number, and every year we turn away several teams who did not get registered.  In order to maintain the integrity of the Corporate Cup competition, it is vital that your team complies with the eligibility rules. To remind yourself of the rules, please refer to the website under the "Entry and Eligibility Info" link.  Bloomsday officials will disqualify any team that has an ineligible member.
To purchase tent party tickets or for tent party questions, please contact Matt, the tent party coordinator, via email at matt@designedbybaroque.com.

If you have any questions about Corporate Cup, please contact Carol Hunter, the Corporate Cup Chairperson, via email at corpcup@bloomsdayrun.org or via phone at (509) 747-0101.

Yes, but they need to have your name (the exact name used to enter), birthdate and age. If you pick up a number for someone else, make sure he/she knows you're doing so.


You can sign someone else up during late registration on race weekend as long as you have a signed entry form for the individual you're signing up.
Only those who have pre-entered Marmot March can participate. Those who are pre-entered must pick up their T-shirts and packets at the Bloomsday Trade Show on Friday. Details of the Marmot March can be accessed by clicking the Marmot March button on the Bloomsday website.

Yes, you can purchase STA passes at the STA booth at Check-In (Friday,April 29th, 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 30th, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) You can also pay for the STA shuttle on race morning, but the cost is $1.50 each way, and exact change is required.

Bloomsday starts in waves. The first few groups are competitive wheelchair racers, beginning at 8:30 a.m. They're followed at 8:45 by elite (prize money) women. The first large group, which includes Elite, Second Seed, and Corporate Cup starts at 9:00 a.m. Entrants with yellow, green, orange, blue and red numbers start at intervals after that (to be determined on race morning). Timing of each runner will begin when he/she crosses the starting line, and ends when he/she crosses the finish.

For more information on Bloomsday starting procedures and estimated starting times for different color groups, click here.

Downtown businesses are open and eager for visitors on Bloomsday weekend, and there's plenty of parking. Plan to do some shopping or dining, then drop by the Convention Center to pick up your race number. For downtown Spokane parking information, view the parking map. For information on parking close to the Convention Center, click here.

Parking is more limited on Bloomsday morning due to street closures, but there are a number of options. Many downtown parking lots are open, and the Spokane Arena also has parking available (just a short walk through Riverfront Park to the starting areas). In addition, thousands of Bloomies take special bus shuttles to and from the start/finish each year. If you'd like to join them, contact STA at 509-328-RIDE, or visit the STA booth at the Bloomsday Trade Show for information and tickets.

No. Bloomsday numbers are not like a ticket to a show or concert. We need to know that the person with the number is the same person whose name and information is in our database. This is a matter of safety. Also, running with another person's number ruins the race results, since the person using the number might be a different gender and age from the person who originally entered.

If someone else wears your number, there is a possibility that that person and YOU will both be disqualified from running Bloomsday for up to five years.

Official Bloomsday merchandise will be for sale at the Bloomsday Trade Show on Bloomsday weekend.

The shirt is your reward for finishing the Lilac Bloomsday Run.  If you can't participate, you will not be able to get a shirt. This isn't meant to be punitive or exclusionary, just a way of preserving the notion that the T-shirt is an award for reaching the finish line.

The course closes at 1:30 p.m., or when the sweep vehicle passes, whichever comes first. If you haven't reached the finish line by that time, you can keep going as long as you move off the roadway onto the sidewalk. Traffic will be allowed back on the streets, volunteers will begin cleaning up and packing up, but you can keep going anyway. Just move to the sidewalk and follow all traffic laws while completing your journey.

If you complete the course after the finish line has closed and you don't receive a T-shirt, please contact the Bloomsday office after Tuesday to make arrangements for your shirt.

Yellow Starting Group - Special Notice:

The Yellow starting group will only be available to runners who have run 1:12 or faster in any Bloomsday since 2012 to the present. If you have a qualifying time and list an estimated finish time of 1:12 or faster when you enter, yellow seeding should be automatically assigned to you.

If you do not have a Bloomsday time (2012-2015) that is under 1:12, you may still qualify for the Yellow start by providing proof of your recent participation (within the past two years) in any accurately measured race 5 miles or longer, with a finishing time averaging 9:40 pace or better. After entering Bloomsday through the mail or online, mail verification separately (copy of results) to:

Bloomsday Seeding Committee
1414 N. Belt St.
Spokane, WA 99201

This information must be received at the Bloomsday office no later than April 17.

You may also be able to receive Yellow seeding by bringing verification of recent qualifying performances to the Solutions desk at Bloomsday Check-In on race weekend.

Backpacks
Bicycles

Wagons
Dogs
Rollerblades
Unregistered runners
Skateboards
Hand cycles
Motorized vehicles
Motorized wheelchairs
Headphones, iPods, etc.
Running while pushing Strollers, Baby Joggers or wheelchairs.

You'll receive this information when you pick up your runner number on Bloomsday weekend. For a schedule of when you can pick up your number, click here.

The Lilac Bloomsday Run has been held in all kinds of weather, so dress accordingly. Average temperature at the start is approximately 50 degrees, but it has occasionally been in the high 70s. We have also started with snow on the streets.

We don't ever anticipate having to cancel or reschedule Bloomsday. However, it's conceivable that there may one day be conditions--either because of extreme weather or due to some other unforseen difficulty--that will cause the run to be cancelled. This will only be done if, in the judgment of the Lilac Bloomsday Association, holding the event would risk the health or safety of participants.

Porta-potties are scattered throughout Riverfront Park, near each starting street, and near all water aid stations along the route.

Water stations are located periodically along the course. Both sides of the street will have water. The 1st water aid station is at Greenwood Cemetery, the 2nd at Spokane Falls Community College, 3rd is at the top of Pettet (Doomsday) hill. The 4th is on Broadway & Nettleton. The 5th is located past the finish line, before the T-shirt distribution areas.

Only Corporate Cup participants and Elite Athletes with race numbers under 500 will have their stuff held. All others should come dressed and ready to run.

Medical Aid stations are spread throughout the course, either right before or just past each water aid station. There are five Medical Aid stations along the course, one at the finish line, and one in Riverfront Park. Look for Medical Aid banners. Medical Aid volunteers will be wearing red vests.

T-shirts are awarded only to finishers, not entrants. T-shirt distribution is located a short distance after the finish line. Both sides of the street have all sizes. Only one shirt per person. Each finisher must pick up his/her own T-shirt. Please have the T-shirt tag removed from your runner number and ready to turn in to volunteers. No tag, no T-shirt!

The B-tags used for timing Bloomsday 2016 do not need to be returned.

The reunion area is found near the Red Wagon in Riverfront Park. Arrange to meet family & friends there rather than at T-Shirt Distribution.

Bloomsday champions will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at 12 noon on the entertainment stage in Riverfront Park. Top finisher results will also be listed on the Bloomsday website on Sunday evening under "Results--Top Finishers".

Sorry, but finisher lists are not available on race day.

Results will be posted on this website late Sunday night or Monday. The Bloomsday Souvenir Results Booklet produced by The Inlander will be distributed on Tuesday following the run. It will have complete results. Registered finishers of Bloomsday will receive personal results by postcard about two weeks following the run (unless they elected not to receive them).

Beginning on Tuesday after Bloomsday, you can exchange shirts at the Bloomsday office—1414 N. Belt St, Spokane, WA 99201. It’s about a block south of Maxwell on Belt. We’re open weekdays 9:00 until 4:30 through May 27th.

If you officially entered Bloomsday, had your bib number on, and completed the course, you should show up in both online and printed results. If you don't show up, it may mean:

1) You started before your color group was authorized to start.
2) You weren't wearing your bib number (with tags on the back).
3) You were disqualified for running while pushing a stroller or wheelchair.
4) You were assigned a red number but you ran at least some of the course.

OR

5) Your timing tags didn't function properly.

We can't correct results for starting before color group, running while pushing a stroller or wheelchair, or running when assigned a red number, but if you think your timing tags didn't function properly or that there was some other error in timing, send the following information to the Bloomsday Office and our timing crew will try to make the correction:
 
1) Name used to register
2) Date of birth
3) Bib number
4) Color group
5) Where did this individual start?
6) When started (time of day)?
7) When finished (time of day)?
8) Where was the bib number attached?
9) Was any clothing covering the bib number?
10) Was the bib number checked for accuracy during Check-In?
11) Was the number changed at Check-In?
12) Can you find photos of this finisher (or finishers) on our website, and if so can you let us know the time indicated and what they are wearing?
13) If this person started with another individual (one who was correctly timed), do you know that individual's number?
14) If this person finished with another individual (one who was correctly timed), do you know that individual's number?

Once we have this information, we’ll have our timing crew try to make the correction requested. If they're successful, results will show up when online results are updated at the end of May.

There are several reasons why this may happen: You may have checked "do not send" on your registration form or during online registration; the address entered may be incorrect (or incomplete - missing apt. # for instance); perhaps you moved, leaving no forwarding address; the entry form was illegible or damaged; the zip code was incorrect. Our data entry volunteers try very hard to get everything right, but sometimes this happens despite everyone's best efforts.