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Fit For Bloomsday sign-up opens; schools have until January 25th to enter

Jan 12, 2010

Spokane, WA—Elementary schools from Eastern Washington and North Idaho have begun signing up for the Fit for Bloomsday…Fit for Life youth fitness program, and Bloomsday organizers are expecting a great response again this year. Before the entry deadline of Monday, January 25th, over 60 schools are expected to sign up, with nearly 6,000 kids participating in the ten-week running and walking program.

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“We’ve already heard from nearly 30 schools in the region,” said Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong, “and over 3,200 kids are expected to participate at those schools. That’s an outstanding start to this year’s program.”


Fit For Bloomsday…Fit For Life—dubbed Fit For Bloomsday for short—was developed by Bloomsday volunteers in cooperation with PE instructors, coaches and parents in the Spokane area. The Lilac Bloomsday Association provides information, materials, structure and incentives for the 8-10 week program, which is administered by school personnel and volunteers at participating schools. Now in its 24th year, the program prepares kids to run or walk Bloomsday while teaching them the importance of fitness, nutrition and safety.


Schools can sign up for Fit for Bloomsday by downloading an application form from Bloomsday’s web site ( and returning it to the Bloomsday office by January 25th. Kids and adults who want to sign-up for the 34th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run can register online now at


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