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  • Show of hands, please

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Schedule

Bloomsday Trade Show
May 4, 11:30 a.m.

At Group Health Exhibit Halls, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 8 p.m.

Check-in/registration
May 4, 11:30 a.m.

At Group Health Exhibit Halls, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 8 p.m.

Check-in/registration
May 5, 9 a.m.

At Group Health Exhibit Halls, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 8 p.m.

Bloomsday Trade Show
May 5, 9 a.m.

At Group Health Exhibit Halls, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 8 p.m.

STA shuttle buses board
May 6, 6:30 a.m.

Through 8:30 a.m. Locations: Spokane Valley Mall, Ferris High School, NorthTown Mall, EWU (Cheney)

Out-of-town check-in only
May 6, 6:30 a.m.

At Group Health Exhibit Halls, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 9 a.m.

Bike corral
May 6, 7:30 a.m.

Free bike lockup area at the Central Meadow in Riverfront Park, open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Worship service
May 6, 8 a.m.

At the Riverfront Park Floating Stage

Race start
May 6, 9 a.m.

Riverside Avenue east of Lincoln street

STA return shuttles
May 6, 10:30 a.m.

Through 2 p.m. Pickup on First Avenue between Post and Stevens streets.

Elite and wheelchair awards
May 6, noon

Riverfront Park

Course closes
May 6, 1:30 p.m.

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