Overall Rating
Overall Rating (48 Reviews)
4.5
(48 Ratings)(48 Reviews)
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3.6
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3.6
The Lilac Bloomsday Run, also known as Bloomsday, is an annual timed road race in Spokane, Washington, held on the first Sunday of every May since 1977. The course is 12 km (7.46 mi) long. The course starts in Downtown Spokane and heads northwest along the far west end of … MORE
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    its_ceci REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is my 3rf Bloomsday and although I wasn't as prepared as I would have liked this time, I really enjoyed it. This year I did my best but also … MORE

    This is my 3rf Bloomsday and although I wasn’t as prepared as I would have liked this time, I really enjoyed it. This year I did my best but also took the time to enjoy the view. My only complaint is that some of the water stations had water that tasted like hose water. Usually this wouldn’t bother me…but weird enough, the hose tasting water made me more thirsty during the race!

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    kbentley81 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Go to a thrift store (or go through your un wanted warm cloths) and get a cheap sweat shirt and pants to stay warm before the race and then throw … MORE

    Go to a thrift store (or go through your un wanted warm cloths) and get a cheap sweat shirt and pants to stay warm before the race and then throw them up in the trees when the race starts. All clothes are donated!
    Un like me start preparing more than 2 weeks in advance. There are many hills so it is better to be in decent shape so you don’t need the entire next day to recoupe.
    No need to bring anything. Water stations a perfectly spread and people hand out treats at times. It’s all around a great time.

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    Lots of water stations, brought water bottle and filled along way. Med aid stations with sun screen. Community out and lots of music. Bring small change for popsicles, some free … MORE

    Lots of water stations, brought water bottle and filled along way. Med aid stations with sun screen. Community out and lots of music. Bring small change for popsicles, some free along way. Water sprinklers. Good course! Lots of people, but well managed.

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    Speedycatt REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Bloomsday had signs but both the run and walk were on the right side. I think this confused people because there were runners and walkers on both sides. MORE

    Bloomsday had signs but both the run and walk were on the right side. I think this confused people because there were runners and walkers on both sides.

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    westiezgoo VOLUNTEER '18

    This is a great course for seasoned atheltes as well as people that want to just walk and enjoy the atmosphere. The run has some hills and doomsday isn't as … MORE

    This is a great course for seasoned atheltes as well as people that want to just walk and enjoy the atmosphere. The run has some hills and doomsday isn’t as bad as it sounds. They have water stations as well as medical staff to ensure people finish the course safely.

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    caricaturecat FIRST-TIMER '18

    It's a road race, and very crowded. The aid stations are mediocre, but they have everything down to a science. Water stations are 3 to 4 times throughout the course. … MORE

    It’s a road race, and very crowded. The aid stations are mediocre, but they have everything down to a science. Water stations are 3 to 4 times throughout the course. There are also little stands so that you can purchase things along the course if necessary.

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    sina_mae FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is a difficult race because of the amount of people. Although there are signage, people walking are on the running section path and in the way. There were kids … MORE

    This is a difficult race because of the amount of people. Although there are signage, people walking are on the running section path and in the way. There were kids all over! I watched one little girl fall off the sidewalk (where runners are supposed to have access to) and hurt herself.

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    sarahs0716 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Practice hills before the race if you want to run the complete course . Also make sure you are fully hydrated. If you are a walker only ask for a … MORE

    Practice hills before the race if you want to run the complete course . Also make sure you are fully hydrated. If you are a walker only ask for a later start time to make room for the runners.

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    kmarsonette REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Plenty of water stations. Loved all the spectators cheering us on. It's a very well organized event. The shuttle system is sweet! Tradeshow is awesome as are the selfie spots. … MORE

    Plenty of water stations. Loved all the spectators cheering us on. It’s a very well organized event. The shuttle system is sweet! Tradeshow is awesome as are the selfie spots. Color groups are well marked. A variety of bands playing along the route. Course is marked out at certain mile markers so you get a feel for how far you have come and how far you have to go. Race results are posted fairly quickly along with some pics which is nice. Highly suggest signing up via email as the organizers do a super great job of keeping you up to date and informed. If running, your shuttle ticket is on your bib which makes it nice not to have to keep track of something else. This was my 8th year running it. LOVE Bloomsday!

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    Marilynls REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I had wanted to prepare better but hurt my ribs skiing on March 18th. Exercise being limited and wanting to continue dieting, I felt there were lots of obstacles in … MORE

    I had wanted to prepare better but hurt my ribs skiing on March 18th. Exercise being limited and wanting to continue dieting, I felt there were lots of obstacles in my way. At age 66 and 30 pounds overweight, I really felt I needed to do this. I was able to complete the walk with my diabetic, insulin pump dependent husband (66), and son (39)! I had a touch of heat exhaustion toward the end, but kept it at bay with water, rest and food. We are proud to be finishers, as well as a military family (Vets) and among the few we had the pleasure to meet. Hoorah!

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    hwnorm FIRST-TIMER '18

    My first time at Bloomsday and I thought everything was done quite well. The pre-race organization made it easy to acquire my bib and browse all the latest running gadgets. … MORE

    My first time at Bloomsday and I thought everything was done quite well. The pre-race organization made it easy to acquire my bib and browse all the latest running gadgets. The race itself was a little crowded with over 30,000 people attending, but the course was challenging enough, the music along the way was great and the river scenery was nice as well. I would definitely recommend this race and I’ll be back again next year!!

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    Considering there are so many participants in this race, (40,000 +), never once did I feel it affected my ability to run the pace I wanted to. Excellent flow and … MORE

    Considering there are so many participants in this race, (40,000 +), never once did I feel it affected my ability to run the pace I wanted to. Excellent flow and organisation. Great atmosphere along the course – loved the variety of music! Great variety of flat, downhill and uphill along the course.

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    mhallmark81 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Bloomsday is one of those fun events...no matter if you walk or run it. I personally love it for the challenge..even though I walked it. I have walked it for … MORE

    Bloomsday is one of those fun events…no matter if you walk or run it. I personally love it for the challenge..even though I walked it. I have walked it for the last 4 years and I plan doing it again next year. The scenery is beautiful. Doomsday Hill is the biggest challenge but if you are determined, you can do it! Do this race… you’ll love it!

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    melbubbles2004 FIRST-TIMER '18

    My 7 year old and I were very hesitant to sign up as we've never gone this far before and we aren't a fan of big crowds. Much to our … MORE

    My 7 year old and I were very hesitant to sign up as we’ve never gone this far before and we aren’t a fan of big crowds. Much to our surprise, everything was super organized and the crowds were staggered so that it wasn’t an issue. The shirts were awesome and the volunteers were so incredibly helpful every step along the way. There was adequate water supply and the energy was amazing. Definitely a new tradition for us!!

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    hawksmama52 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I loved this race! I did Bloomsday 13 years ago and decided to do it this year with my daughter. I had forgotten what a pretty course it is! There … MORE

    I loved this race! I did Bloomsday 13 years ago and decided to do it this year with my daughter. I had forgotten what a pretty course it is! There were plenty of aid stations along the way and lots of people from the community cheering everyone on. The shuttles to and from the race were great. We, of course, loved the shirts that only finishers get and it’s always a surprise until you get to the finish! The after party had a lot of food and treats available, although I wish there had been a little more variety (3 different pizza places but very few of anything else). All in all, it was a great experience for my daughter and I are we plan to do it every year from now on!

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    phishhead74 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is well organized and scenic. Before you know it, you're at the three mile mark. Things go down after doomsday hill...are we there yet? It's one of my … MORE

    This race is well organized and scenic. Before you know it, you’re at the three mile mark. Things go down after doomsday hill…are we there yet? It’s one of my favorites and we do it every year!

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    bkwazzu REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is a large race, but it is well organized. Spokane knows how to put on a race! The scenery is fantastic... great views of the river. Lots of local … MORE

    This is a large race, but it is well organized. Spokane knows how to put on a race! The scenery is fantastic… great views of the river. Lots of local support. I love all the local bands that perform along the race route. The race has a few hills, the worst is the infamous Doomsday hill! The packet pick up at the expo is fun… I always find something I want to buy. My only complaint: if you are running for time, make sure to get into one of the early groups or else you will be dodging walkers.

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    Moun10Bike REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is one of those races that everyone should do at some point in their lives! It is a remarkable community event that involves enthusiastic runners, walkers, spectators, and volunteers … MORE

    This is one of those races that everyone should do at some point in their lives! It is a remarkable community event that involves enthusiastic runners, walkers, spectators, and volunteers of all abilities.

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    calypsobulbosa7 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is so fun! It's a huge race, but it's truly for everyone. There is live music along the course and because this is a community event (EVERYONE is … MORE

    This race is so fun! It’s a huge race, but it’s truly for everyone. There is live music along the course and because this is a community event (EVERYONE is encouraged to attend), it has a great feel to it. There are a lot of happy, friendly people and it’s a ‘feel good’ type of run.

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    GWaldman REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Train and you will have a great Monday after Bloomsday. Train up run-walk 6 miles, put in training for hills, prepare for rain or sun, this time of year it … MORE

    Train and you will have a great Monday after Bloomsday. Train up run-walk 6 miles, put in training for hills, prepare for rain or sun, this time of year it can be 35° or 70°! Great family tradition.

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