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August 21, 2009 in City, Outdoors
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More than 1,100 cyclists wait at the Flour Mill for the start of the first SpokeFest Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

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Young riders made up a big part of the crowd at the first SpokeFest Bike Ride on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

September 8, 2008 in City, Outdoors
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More than 1,100 cyclists wait for the start of the first SpokeFest at the Flour Mill on Sept. 7, 2008. The 21-mile community bike ride celebrated the joy of cycling in Spokane while promoting a healthy lifestyle and the enjoyment of riding with family and friends, according to organizers.

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Riders wait for the start of SpokeFest on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

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Riders move through the line to register for the first SpokFest bike ride Sunday, Sept 7, 2008. About 500 of the 1200 riders registered the morning of the ride.

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Riders waited in the sun for the start of SpokFest Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 in Riverfront Park. About 1,200 riders participated in the event’s first year.

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Bill Bender, SpokeFest chairman, was still taking registrations two hours after event started Sept. 7, 2008.

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Youngsters got a chance to ride a 1-mile loop around Riverfront Park during SpokeFest on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

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Bikes await their riders’ return at the rest stop near the entrance of Riverside State park during Sunday’s SpokeFest community bike ride.

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Volunteers helped riders with food and water at the rest stop near Riverside State Park on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, during SpokeFest.

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Music entertained SpokeFest riders at the water stop at the entrance to Riverside State Park on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

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Riders cross the Monroe Street Bridge on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 during the first SpokeFest Bike Ride.

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Riders cross the Monroe Street Bridge on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, during the first ever SpokeFest Bike Ride.

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SpokeFest Riders cross the Monroe Street Bridge on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

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SpokeFest participants rest in the sun in Riverfront Park at the end of the 22-mile ride Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

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A rider rests at the end of the 22-mile SpokeFest bike ride on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. The ride started and finished in Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane.

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Live music awaited SpokeFest riders at the finish line on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

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Pies from David’s Pizza were one of the treats awaiting riders at the end of SpokeFest on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

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At the end of the 22-mile Spokfest ride there was pizza, ice cream and lots of bike talk along with music for the participants Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.