In an effort to make the trek to Bloomsday Check-In less stressful, and to reduce traffic on Spokane Falls Boulevard, Bloomsday will be providing a Durham School Services bus service from the Spokane Arena to the Convention Center again this year. The buses will run from one hour before Check-In opens until one hour after it closes on both Friday and Saturday. Riders should look for the yellow buses. There's no charge for the service, but parking at the Arena is $6.00. Parking is also available at downtown lots and meters all weekend.
Officials also want to remind participants about backpack and other security policies that will be in place. Those include restricted access to the starting area for registered runners only, as well as a restriction on backpacks. Certain types of small fanny packs are acceptable, and full details are listed in the Race Information section of the Bloomsday website.
On Bloomsday morning, parking is available at the Arena and dozens of lots downtown. Organizers urge those driving to carpool to reduce congestion. In addition, the STA will be facilitating travel to and from downtown with their popular Bloomsday shuttle, which operates from four satellite locations. Drop off and pickup for the shuttle will be on 1st Avenuebetween Post and Stevens. Those who signed up for the service during online registration will have an “STA” on the name sticker of their Bloomsday bib number. Those who didn't sign up for an STA Bloomsday shuttle pass during online registration can purchase one at the Bloomsday Trade Show.
Any participants riding the STA shuttle on Sunday should leave backpacks and gear bags with their vehicles at the satellite lots (except Corporate Cup participants, who have special instructions for gear bags).
For those not participating, travel through downtown on Sunday morning will be available on Ash, Maple, Division/Browne, and Hamilton, which remain open all day on Bloomsday. Streets near the start (downtown Spokane) and finish (Monroe Street Bridge) are closed beginning at 5:00 a.m., and reopen about 2:00 p.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 11:00 a.m. for Riverside west of Monroe, and as late as 2:00 p.m. for Broadway west of Monroe.
Regular bus riders (not Bloomsday shuttle riders) should note that the Plaza will be closed to bus traffic on Bloomsday morning. All downtown routes will detour and use an alternate boarding and alighting area. Additional information is on the STA website.
For those still wanting to participate, late registration for Bloomsday is available for $35.00 during regular Check-In hours at the Convention Center on Friday and Saturday of Bloomsday weekend.