This weekend the Barlow crew attended Bloomsday 2018 in Spokane WA. I grew up near Spokane in the 70s and 80s and I can’t believe that I have never done a Bloomsday… Anyhow, it ended up as an item on my running bucket list and I’m happy to report that it is now successfully crossed off. 2018 race photos below.
Timelapse Video of Bloomsday Starting Line
Before jumping to the photos, it is worth mentioning the size, scope, and scale of the race. With 40,000 people running the opportunity for chaos and entropy to take over is real. But the race organizers do a great job with the pre-race check in process, herding the runners into groups, and getting everybody started.
We tend to avoid crowds and prefer solitude to extravaganza. It says a lot about the race logistics that I didn’t get that large-crowd, Disneyland, I’ve-got-to-get-out-of-here feeling at all. The check in at the Spokane convention center was mellow, and even the race staging was smooth.
Check out the video below to see the race logistics in action:
Our Bloomsday Photo Gallery
The backstory of Bloomsday is that it is modeled after James Joyce’s ULYSSES. Reading this is also on my bucket list, but I didn’t get it done before the race. In any case, the book is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey and the it follows a day in the life of a man (Leopold Bloom) in Dublin.
In a nod to the book, you get to spend the day exploring Spokane during the Bloomsday race. The race itself is intended to be an odyssey. There are all kinds of adventures along the way including historic cathedrals, musicians (sirens?), spectators spraying water at the crowd from their front porches, storm-troopers and some beautiful river views.
Our gallery is below, click here to see the Bloomsday instagram feed.