SPOKANE, WA (October 4, 2011) – The Bloomsday Road Runners Club (BRRC) will be hosting the 16th annual Spokane Marathon this Sunday, October 9, 2011, beginning at 8am. Other events include a marathon relay, also beginning at 8am; a half-marathon at 9am; and a 10k at 8:30am. Over 200 people are registered for the marathon, over 50 teams for the marathon relay, 800 for the half-marathon, and 400 for the 10k.

A highlight of the race is the water aid stations, run by local high school cross country teams, and strategically placed cheerleading squads and high school drum lines providing moral support. At the end of the race, runners have the chance to vote for their favorite cross country team and cheerleading squad. Fourteen cross country teams and 6 cheerleading squads will compete for a $300 prize for best team and squad. Overall, the BRRC gives out $10,000 to local cross country teams, cheerleading squads and high school bands in exchange for their help with the race.

The 26.2 mile course begins in downtown Spokane, and runs through Browne’s Addition, the Centennial Trail, Riverside State Park, and West Central Neighborhood, finally ending in Riverfront Park.