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Volunteers Needed for Check-In, T-Shirt Distribution, Lost & Found

Apr 23, 2012

With less than two weeks until the 36th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run, organizers are eagerly seeking volunteers to help with Check-In, T-shirt distribution, and the Lost & Found area on race weekend.

“The success of Bloomsday is totally dependent on the support of nearly 5,000 volunteers,” said Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong. “Most of our volunteer positions don’t require much, if any, prior experience, but it’s crucial that we fill all open positions to make sure things proceed smoothly before, during and after the run.”

For those interested in helping, here are a few details:

  • Number Distribution—This takes place at the Convention Center. Two shifts on Saturday, May 5th are especially in need of workers. No prior experience is necessary, and many of the volunteers in this area also run, jog or walk Bloomsday the next day. For more information, log on to Bloomsday’s web site ( and click the “Volunteers” button, then Number Distribution on the drop-down menu.
  • T-Shirt Distribution—About 200 volunteers are needed on Sunday morning, May 6th to help set up the T-shirt area, unload the shirts, and hand them out. For more information, log on to Bloomsday’s web site ( and click the “Volunteers” button, then T-Shirt Distribution on the drop-down menu.
  • Lost & Found—Organizers are looking for a group with at least six members to help in this area. The Lost & Found area is located in the parking lot north of City Hall on Bloomsday, and is only for lost kids. Volunteers should arrive around 7:00 a.m., and are done about 2:00 p.m. If you have a group that can help, please contact the Bloomsday Office at (509) 838-1579, ext. 10.

This year’s Bloomsday is scheduled for Sunday, May 6. Over 50,000 runners, joggers and walkers are expected to participate.

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