Photos from the 2013 edition of the Lilac Bloomsday Run.
With added security across the 7.5-mile Spokane Bloomsday course, runners and walkers cruised through a warm and uneventful race marked mostly by dozens of runners being treated for dehydration. Concern generated by last month’s bombings at the Boston Marathon led to heightened security, but race organizers said the city’s 37th-annual Bloomsday occurred without a hitch.
Seventy-eight-year-old Dora Saw, of Spokane, ran her second Bloomsday race Sunday with the help of two wooden canes. She moved faster than just walking, so “ran” is apt. Her husband, Spokane physician Eng Chuan Saw, was ahead of her and Dora was keeping up not far behind. “I use them to protect my knees,” Dora Saw said of the canes.
Bloomsday 2013 started and proceeded with clocklike efficiency Sunday, with blue skies and temperatures as warm as many Bloomies can remember at race time. Following last month's bombing at the Boston Marathon, there is an increased police presence at this year's Bloomsday, with officers visible on some building tops and k-9 units on sidewalks. Shortly after the starting gun sounded, police report that everything is going well.