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April 29, 2010 in City
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The first Bloomsday was held in 1977. The event would grow and blossom into one of the Spokane area’s signature athletic events.

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Spokane resident Ron Giachetti takes a nap at the yellow starting line before the race at Bloomsday 2005. Giachetti arrived at 6 a.m. to get a good spot at the front of the line.

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Susanna Mendez, 9, of Hayden, prepares to run Bloomsday on May 3, 2009.

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Bobby Hunt waits for the start of Bloomsday 2002.

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Bob Crabb fires the starting gun for the women’s elite runners at Bloomsday 1999.

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Young racers dash off the line at Bloomsday 2009.

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Back of the pack Bloomies surge past blooming flowers and trees at the corner of Riverside and Lincoln at Bloomsday 2003.

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Jamie Schorzman drinks a beer on his balcony in Browne’s Addition during Bloomsday 2009.

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Dave Fish plays the drums for runners in Browne’s Addition at Bloomsday 2006.

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Three-year-old Lucy Low, of Seattle, was as excited as her uncle Kyle Smith, of Spokane, to see a clown running with the pack in Browne’s Addition at Bloomsday 2009.

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Runners fill Clarke Street, left, and Riverside Street near the merging point on the Marne Bridge during Bloomsday 1997.

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Ira Amstadters pretends to answer his banana for the amusement of Bloomsday 2007 walkers.

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Runners cross the Spokane River on the T. J. Meenach Bridge before climbing Doomsday Hill during Bloomsday 1997.

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“He just wanted to play his drum,” said Jacob Bloomfeldt’s mother, Thea, as her son performed for runners climbing past the Marne Bridge at Bloomsday 2007. Jacob and his sister, adopted from Liberia, had been living in Spokane for less than two months.

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Patrick McHenry-Kroetch of Spokane takes a walk on the wet side as he pushes Logan, 6, through a sprinkler near the four-mile mark in Bloomsday 2005.

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Lisa Denker pushes her friend Phill Graves and her son Zachary uphill about two miles into Bloomsday 2005. Denker was celebrating her 41st birthday.

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Triton, a young boxer, waits anxiously for “grandpa”, the father of his owner Janel Bartlett, along Doomsday Hill at Bloomsday 2005. While Bartlett’s husband was deployed overseas, her father cared for the dog.

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Perennial participant Bob Maudlin packs his grandson Grant Gollehon up Doomsday Hill at Bloomsday 2007.

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A runner tosses water on his face while cooling off at the Spokane Falls Community College water station at Bloomsday 2001.

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A runner grabs his side shortly after Doomsday Hill while the pack makes its way down Lindeke Street in the West Central neighborhood during Bloomsday 2003.

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Mandy Whiting, 13, and Casey Colt, 14, do cartwheels after making it past Doomsday Hill during Bloomsday 2001.

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A Bloomsday 2007 runner snags a cup of water at the top of Doomsday Hill.

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Hydrated runners mean cups to clean up for Bloomsday 2007 volunteers at the Broadway Avenue water station.

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Volunteer Walt Mabe claps as elite men’s wheelchair competitors round the turn from Maxwell onto Lindeke during Bloomsday 1998. “I play basketball with some of these guys,” said Mabe.

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Susan Gorsuch holds two unnamed kittens, part of a six-kitty litter she was hoping to give away during Bloomsday 2003 near her place along Broadway. “They’re not really eating yet,” said Gorsuch, “so I’m just taking reservations.”

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Waylon Gwiazda, 9, cools down Bloomsday 2007 runners on Mission Avenue.

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Brian Walker, 15, kicks back and lets the world go by along Post Street just before the finish line of Bloomsday 1995. “I’ve ran it once,” he said, which was apparently enough.

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Brenda Gildehaus dismisses offers for rest as she pushes toward the finish line of Bloomsday 2001. Gildehaus, who had multiple sclerosis, used a wheelchair up until the last blocks of the course, where she switched to a specially made walker.

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Bloomsday 2005 participants make their way south across the Lincoln Street Bridge after picking up their T-shirts.

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A runner crosses the finish line during Bloomsday 2002.

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Matt Meadows, of Spokane, takes a breath after finishing his first Bloomsday in 2007. “It was a good run,” said Meadows, who also planned to run the Coeur d’Alene marathon.

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Camille Mackie zips up into full coverage as she waits for friends at the finish area of Bloomsday 2002.

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Cleaners reach for discarded clothing from Bloomsday 2005 participants at the corner of Stevens and Main streets.

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Exhausted runners take a breather along Spokane Falls Boulevard after Bloomsday 2008.