The start line is on Riverside Avenue between Lincoln & Post Streets (approximately 801 W. Riverside, Spokane, WA 99201). To facilitate use of computer chip timing, all Bloomsday color groups will use Riverside again this year. Please check the back of your runner number or follow the signs to the marshalling area for your color group on Riverside. You may access Riverside from either the north or the south, but please enter from the BACK of your group. (If you wish, you may join a color group that starts later than your color. This is the best way for family and friends to stay together if they've been given different color assignments.)
Only participants wearing Bloomsday bib numbers will be allowed into the starting area. Families and friends will not be allowed access. Also, make sure you review restrictions relating to backpacks.
You should arrive 30 minutes prior to the estimated starting time listed for your color group to ensure entrance to your starting area. Groups will be allowed to start as the roadway clears, so please follow instructions on race morning. As each color group moves forward toward the start line, groups will be divided into waves with approximately 5,000 in each wave. The orange, blue and lilac groups will each be broken into smaller groups to accomplish this.
Do not start before your color group is directed to start or you won't be timed. We anticipate approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes before the final group (red) will start. But remember, with computer chip timing, your Bloomsday time will be calculated from when you cross the start until you cross the finish. No need to rush to get started!