Bloomsday sign-up off to fast start
Participant registration for the 2011 Bloomsday race is setting a scorching pace.
Early entries for the 7.46-mile race, which takes place May 1, are up 40 percent from last year, and Corporate Cup Competition reached its 250-team limit in three days, event organizers said.
“The early interest is a great sign,” said Carol Hunter, Bloomsday Association president. “Last year we had our largest number of recorded finishers since 1996, and it’s looking like this year we’ll have another increase.”
While many of this year’s Bloomsday activities will be similar to past years, there are some changes, including more entertainment. This year there will be 35 musical performers along the route – up from 29 last year – to mark the race’s 35th year. There will also be prizes awarded to the 35th, 350th and 35,000th finishers in celebration of the race’s 35th anniversary.
Another change from last year is the number of teams participating in the Bloomsday School Challenge, which matches four-person teams of student runners from local middle schools and high schools. Last year there were 27 teams; this year there will be 60.
Bloomsday organizers have teamed up with a new nonprofit called Step-Up Spokane this year to offer race participants training activities and encourage healthy eating and exercise year-round.
Despite some changes, many aspects of the race will remain the same, including the route, which starts on Riverside Avenue and ends on the north end of the Monroe Street Bridge.