BLOOMSDAY ROAD RUNNERS CLUB HOSTS 15TH ANNUAL SPOKANE MARATHON

SPOKANE, WA (October 6, 2010) – The Bloomsday Road Runners Club (BRRC) will be hosting the 15th annual Spokane Marathon this Sunday, October 10, 2010, beginning at 8am. Other events include a marathon relay, also beginning at 8am; a half-marathon at 8:45am; and for the first time a 10k at 9am, so finishers can say “I ran a 10k on 10/10/10.”

Participation numbers are up from last year with at least 175 expected for the marathon, 50 teams for the marathon relay, 1005 for the half-marathon, and 755 for the 10k. Participants from as far as Virginia and Louisiana are registered for the race.

A highlight of the race is the water aid stations, run by local high school cross country teams, and strategically placed cheerleading squads 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 and cheerleading squads 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.