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Street closures on race day

5 a.m. Streets near the start and finish (Monroe Street Bridge) close, and reopen about 2 p.m.

7:30 a.m. Other streets on the Bloomsday course begin closing at 7:30 a.m. and reopen after the final walkers pass. This will be as early as 11 a.m. for Riverside west of Monroe, and as late as 2 p.m. for Broadway west of Monroe.

Motorists: Those seeking to travel from north Spokane to south Spokane or vice versa can use Ash and Maple streets, Division Street or Hamilton Street.

2017 race champions

Buze Diribia

Buze Diribia

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Born: Ethiopia

Finished: 40:16

Gabriel Geay

Gabriel Geay

Tampa, Florida

Born: Tanzania

Finished: 34:28

Laurens Molina

Laurens Molina


San Jose, Costa Rica

Finished: 31:54

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Bloomsday Highlights


Last year there were 88 finishers who completed the race who hold the distinction of Perennial, an individual who has finished each of the 40 Bloomsday races through the 2017 run.


Of those Perennials, 60 finished in under 2 hours, 24 of those under 1 hour, 30 minutes, and Keith Lalonde earned top Perennial spot with a 58:29 finish.

Starting and finishing

Through last year’s run, Bloomsday’s downtown finish lines have welcomed 1,678,943 who’ve completed the 12- or 13-kilometer course. Just over 1.8 million started a Bloomsday race, making for 91.6 percent of starters reaching the end.

Top marks

The race saw a high point in participation and finishers in 1996, when 61,298 started and 56,156 crossed the line.

Dramatic shift

From 1977 to 1985, males participated at a higher rate than females, but since then female runners and walkers have increased to right around 59 percent.

Race day notes

STA shuttle

Spokane Transit provides special Bloomsday shuttle service Sunday morning. Buses board from 6:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


  • Spokane Valley Mall
  • Ferris High School
  • NorthTown Mall
  • EWU (Cheney)


On First Avenue between Post and Stevens streets

Return trip

Begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

Note downtown location where you are dropped off. That is where you will catch your return shuttle.


  • STA will have a booth at Bloomsday check-in to pre-sell $1.75 bus passes
  • On race day, riders may pay $1.75 each way (exact change required)
  • No charge for children under age 6.
  • Foldable strollers are accepted on buses.
  • STA monthly passes may also be used to pay for the shuttle.

No backpacks

For security reasons, the Bloomsday Run states that no backpacks or other opaque or solid fabric bags will be permitted in the start area, on the course, or in the immediate vicinity of the finish area. Clear plastic bags and clear plastic string bags are acceptable.

Alternate loading zones for regular-service busses

STA Plaza will be closed to buses through 3 p.m. although the public restrooms will be open. Downtown transfer points for all regular service buses will be at Third Avenue and Howard Street eastbound and Second Avenue and Howard westbound.

Page compiled by Michael Stephens, The Spokesman-Review; PHOTOs BY DAN PELLE and AnnE C. Williams, The SPOKESMAN-REVIEW

Sources: Lilac Bloomsday Association; Spokane Transit Authority