Everything you need to know a week before Bloomsday

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Whether you decide to run or walk the Bloomsday race this year, there are a few things you should know a week ahead of Spokane’s famous race!

First things first: know where to start. All Bloomsday participants will line up on Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane. Everyone will have a color corresponding to their number, and it tells you exactly where to start and at what time. You can view a detailed starting area map here.

To get your number, you’ll need your Bloomsday packet. Those who registered can grab their packets at the Spokane Convention Center on Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

It’s important to keep in mind the road closures as well, as many streets will be blocked off to accommodate for the race. Residents of Browne’s Addition, Peaceful Valley, West Central, River Run/SFCC area, and Kendall Yards should look at the Bloomsday map to know which roads will be affected.

Parking is also a major factor. Most downtown parking meters will be covered with bags on Saturday to warn drivers not to park there on Sunday. Barricades will also be set up around Browne’s Addition on the day of the event to prevent road traffic.

If you need a way to get to the starting line, try getting dropped off or use the Spokane Transit shuttles and buses, offering $2 Bloomsday shuttle passes for rides to and from the starting line.

And lastly, be mindful. Be respectful of other entrants and don’t be a litterbug. Make sure to use trash receptacles along the course to throw away your items, as street sweepers can’t always pick up litter, especially when its small and flat.

You can find more information for the 46th annual Bloomsday race online here.

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