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Bloomsday 2012

More than 50,000 Bloomies enjoyed sunny skies at the start of Spokane’s annual celebration of spring and fitness. Sunday, May 6, 2012, was the 36th running of Bloomsday .

Related story: Bloomsday at last!


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A bloomie stretches before the start of Bloomsday 2012.


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Bryan Kincheloe, left, and Duncan Vance, both from Albert, Canada, keep warm at the starting line before participating in Bloomday 2012. They lined up at 6:45 a.m. for the 9 a.m. start.


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The first wave of wheelchair racers edge up to he starting line for Bloomsday 2012.


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The men wheelchair racers take off down Riverside Avenue at the start of Bloomsday 2012.


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The women wheelchair racers take off down Riverside Avenue at the start of Bloomsday 2012.


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Bloomsday 2012 Women’s Elite division start breaks from the starting line on Riverside Avenue.


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The Elite, Corporate Cup and Brown take off at the start of Bloomsday 2012.


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The Elite, Corporate Cup and Brown run down Riverside Avenue at the start of Bloomsday 2012.


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The main field of bloomies wait for the start of Bloomsday 2012.


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Kenya’s Allan K. Kiprono leads the elite men’s race during Bloomsday 2012 on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at in Spokane, Wash.


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Scott Parson speeds down Riverside Ave. in the first mile of Bloomsday Sunday, May 6, 2012. Parson won with a time of 29:58.


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Mamitu Daska dashes down Broadway Avenue, past previous race shirts, to win the Bloomsday 2012 Women’s Elite division.


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The main field takes off on Bloomsday 2012.


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James and Elizabeth Forsyth, right and center, and friend Collin Fossell pass the three mile marker during Bloomsday, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Fossell is blind and hangs on to Elizabeth’s wheel chair for the race. Elizabeth carries an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. “We need her today,” she said.


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Allan Kiprono, of Kenya, hits the finish line to win Bloomsday 2012.


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A group of ROTC members from Gonzaga University run up Riverside to Government Way during Bloomsday.


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Dan Hess, left, runs a home built spray contraption and adds the spray of a handheld hose along Fort Wright Drive near Spokane Falls Community College during Bloomsday, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Hess manages an apartment building along the race route.


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The crush of the crowd fills the width of Government Way during Bloomsday, Sunday, May 6, 2012.


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Brian Jennings, who lives along the race course on Riverside Ave. offers a flying disc to his dog Polly before the start of Bloomsday, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Polly is a flat-coated retriever.


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Linda Knoll, Stephanie McQueen, Morgan McQueen and Makenzie Knoll walk up Fort Wright drive in their handmade costumes during Bloomsday, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Linda Knoll, left, is an aunt to the other three girls, who are cousins. “They talked me into this.”


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Elvis, a.k.a. Kevin Watt of Kevin’s Klowns gives out high fives during Bloomsday in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, May 6, 2012.


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Randy Lute sprays Ethan Newman, 12, as he runs by during Bloomsday in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, May 6, 2012.


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Hannah Lemon, 8, gives the vulture a high five at the top of Doomsday Hill during Bloomsday in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, May 6, 2012.


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Rebecca Moe waves to her daughter Daphne,2, and husband Aaron as she runs by during Bloomsday in Spokane, Wash., Sunday May 6, 2012.


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Works of encouragement are written in chalk on the pavement of Doomsday Hill during Bloomsday in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, May 6, 2012.


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Runners cross T.J. Meenach bridge and attempt Doomsday Hill during Bloomsday in Spokane, Wash. Sunday May 6, 2012.


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Grant Bunney passes out 2012 Bloomsday finisher shirts on Spokane Falls Blvd. Grant was born on May 4, nine years ago on Bloomsday.


Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

Runners and walkers cross the finish line during Bloomsday 2012 on Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.


Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

Runners and walkers cross the finish line during Bloomsday 2012 on Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.


Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

Thien Nguyen, 18, of Spokane pulls puts his shirt and singlet over his head after finishing Bloomsday 2012 on Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.


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Amber Slye, 31, of Liberty Lake hugs her son, Carter, 8 after he completed his first Bloomsday race during Bloomsday 2012 on Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. The pair ran the race together and finished together.


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“I’m thankful that I’m done” says Cyndi Kelly, 54, as she celebrates her Bloomsday 2012 finishing time of 52:34.


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Bloomsday founder and race director, Don Kardong, displays his Bloomsday 2012 finishers t-shirt.


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Discarded clothing, tossed by Bloomsday 2012 participants, blow in the morning breeze as the last of the strollers head for the starting line.

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