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In-person Bloomsday is back; health officials urge participants to consider bringing a mask

Doug Nadvornick/Spokane Public Radio
Spokane's iconic Bloomsday runners may again be draped with t-shirts on race morning.

Runners and walkers also have a virtual race option.

Bloomsday weekend is beginning in Spokane and runners are celebrating the first in-person race since 2019.

Runners and walkers have two options: they can traverse the 12-kilometer course virtually and earn their finisher t-shirts or they can participate in person.

Spokane Regional Health Officer Francisco Velazquez asks those who are considering whether to gather downtown on Sunday morning to think about two things.

“First issue is, if you’re symptomatic, please get tested and, if you are positive, I know it’s going to be hard, but stay home," he said. "Second thing with Bloomsday is think about family and friends, if you’re going to be around people that are at higher risk, wearing a mask, a well-fitting mask, is still a good option to prevent transmission.”

Velazquez says people are running or walking also have the option of wearing a mask.

“We do know that many sports can be performed while wearing a mask so I would encourage any individual that is participating, if you have a question, consult with your provider because your provider will be able to tell you, based on your clinical condition and physical status and abilities, whether that’s appropriate for you or not," he said.

Bloomies can pick up their race packets until 6 pm Saturday at the convention center. The starting gun will go off at 9 on Sunday morning.

One of the Northwest's most seasoned reporters is returning to his SPR roots. Doug Nadvornick will be heard frequently on KPBX and KSFC reporting on local news.