Bloomsday: First 10 years

April 29, 2013 11:18 a.m.  •  1 comment

2013 will mark Bloomsday’s 37th year. Started in 1977, the race grew into the region’s signature athletic event. Here’s a gallery from the first 10 years of Bloomsday.

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1,198 people finish the first Bloomsday in 1977.


The start of Bloomsday in 1977.

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Runners cross the Maple Street bridge during Bloomsday in 1977.

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Runners make their way down Pettet Drive during Bloomsday in 1977.

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Runners participate in Bloomsday in 1978. The U.S. Pavillion can be seen in the background.

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Runners cross the Maple Street bridge in Bloomsday in 1978.

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People cover the hills in Riverfront Park waiting for the finishers during Bloomsday 1978.

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Don Kardong approaches the finish in Riverfront Park during Bloomsday in 1978.

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Over 10,000 people crossing the Maple Street bridge make the lamp posts sway back and forth in 1979.


Runners head down Riverside Avenue during Bloomsday in 1979.

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Runners head north as traffic heads south on the Maple Street Bridge during Bloomsday in 1979.

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The Maple Street Bridge is full of runners during Bloomsday in 1979.

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Doomsday Hill on Pettet Drive makes its debut on the new course in 1980.


Runners conquer Doomsday Hill in Bloomsday in 1980.

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Runners cool off at a water station during Bloomsday in 1980.

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Runners make the turn at Fort George Wright and Government Way during Bloomsday in 1981.

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A Bloomsday couple share a kiss in 1981.

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Bloomsday runners cross the river on Post Street and hear the music from “Rocky” in 1981.

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An aerial view of the finish line in front of Riverfront Park during Bloomsday in 1981.

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The Corporate Cup competition is added to the race in 1982.


Runners participate in Bloomsday 1982.

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Candace Cable competes in Bloomsday 1983.

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Runners celebrate their finish in Bloomsday 1983.

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Runners’ signs are put up during Bloomsday in 1984.

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Runners cross the Riverside overpass bridge that crosses the
Maple bridge route during Bloomsday in 1984.

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A first aid station on Spokane Falls Boulevard is staffed by Deaconess Hospital during Bloomsday in 1984.

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“The Joy of Running Together” by David Govedare is installed in Riverfront Park in 1985.


View of the Peaceful Valley portion of the Bloomsday course in 1985.

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A helicopter flies near trees while covering Bloomsday runners on Government Way in 1985.

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A runner takes a leap into a refreshing spray of water during Bloomsday in 1985.

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A finisher relaxes on the grass in Riverfront Park during Bloomsday 1985.

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The first Fit for Bloomsday…Fit for Life program for youth gets over 30 elementary schools in 1986.


An aerial view of runners merging at Government Way during Bloomsday in 1986.

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Cathy Delago, Shannon Coffin and Sadie the dog watch Bloomies head for the finish line during Bloomsday in 1986.

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Bloomsday passes the 50,000 mark in entrants and finishers in 1987.


The California Raisins assemble before the start of Bloomsday in 1987.

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In 1987, one runner showed his Canadian colors as he motored up Doomsday Hill.

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