Much of the 43rd Bloomsday will be familiar—excitement, energy, enthusiasm, and sense of community. But here are a few things that will be new in 2019:
Return of Jr. Bloomsday—The incredibly popular kids run of the 1980s and 1990s will return on Saturday, April 20th. Over 3,000 young runners in grades 3 through 7 are expected to challenge themselves over the 1.25-mile course. At the Spokane County Fairgrounds, with the finish line at home plate in Avista Stadium.
PRRO Championship—Bloomsday is the culminating race of the 2018-2019 PRRO Circuit, which showcases world class competition at four classic American road race events shorter than the marathon distance and offers more than $330,000 in guaranteed prize money. This year Bloomsday will host the 24th PRRO Championship, where reigning PRRO champions and any athlete who has won at least one of the 2018-19 Circuit events are eligible to compete for the $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus.
RunDoyen—We’ve partnered with some of the top Running Coaches and professional runners at RunDoyen to offer exclusive Bloomsday Training Plans for all levels of runners. RunDoyen’s world-class coaches have built five different levels of training plans made exclusively for Bloomsday. Whether your goal is to walk/jog to the finish, or run fast with the front of the pack, RunDoyen has a plan to help you reach your race day goals!
Ambassador Program—Last fall Bloomsday selected six ambassadors from around the region to spread the news about Spokane’s big run. Watch for their posts this spring on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Sweet Peaks Ice Cream—Bloomies should watch for a special ice cream this spring with the daunting title “Darkness and Chaos,” inspired by a quote from Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong.
More Timing Mats on the Route—Times will still be recorded at the start and finish, as well as the bottom and top of Doomsday Hill. But additional timing mats this year at the mile and 5K points will allow for more accurate live tracking by family and friends, and some fun feedback for participants.
“Bloomsday Scenes” Medals—This year’s medal, the sixth in the series, shows runners passing the iconic Spokane County Courthouse, an historic landmark less than a half mile from the finish. Medals can be purchased during online registration or at the Trade Show.
Official 2019 Bloomsday Charity—This year the Lilac Bloomsday Association is pleased to support the efforts of Second Harvest, a regional leader in hunger relief in Spokane and throughout the Inland Northwest. Donations will deliver healthy food to the people who need it most—working families who can’t quite make ends meet, seniors on fixed incomes, and children with parents in poverty, prison, addiction or with disabilities. Every dollar donated provides food for five meals.
Finisher’s T-Shirt—It’s not a new idea, but it’s a new design, one that won’t become public until the finish line on May 5. Available only to those who go the distance!