The Lilac Bloomsday Association presents the 42nd running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run.

  • Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • 12 Kilometers (7.46 miles)
  • Spokane, Washington

Overview & History

The 2017 Fit For Bloomsday Program is Sponsored by CHAS Health

78 Schools and 8,245 kids are signed up for the 2017 Fit For Bloomsday program!

What is Fit For Bloomsday?

Fit For Bloomsday...Fit For Life--dubbed Fit For Bloomsday for short--is a training program for elementary school age children. The program 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. Special coupons are provided by Mobius Kids and the Garland Theater. And in 2017, thanks to the Spokane Parks Department for providing coupons for City swimming pools!

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Over 60 schools and nearly 6,000 children participate in the Fit For Bloomsday Program each year. The program prepares the kids to run or walk Bloomsday while teaching them the importance of fitness, nutrition and safety.

All City XC 2013

Bloomsday also sponsors the All City Elementary Cross Country Meet each fall.

How can my school sign up?

Schools sign up by filling out an application form and returning it to the Bloomsday office by the deadline (January 25, 2017). Applications can be accepted after that date, but Bloomsday can't guarantee coaches shirts for late applications.

Which schools signed up in 2016?

Adams Elementary
Adams Elementary CV
Arlington Elementary
Assumption Catholic School
Balboa Elementary
Bemiss Elementary

Brentwood Elementary
Colbert Elementary
Continuous Curriculum
Evergreen Elementary
Evergreen Elementary/Gifford
Farwell Elementary
Franklin Elementary
Garfield Elementary
Garwood Elementary
Grant Elementary
Greenacres Elementary
Hallett Elementary School
Hope Elementary

Hutton Elementary
Indian Trail Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Jennings Elementary
John Brown Elementary
Lakeside Elementary
Libby Center
Liberty Elementary
Liberty Lake Elementary
Lidgerwood Elementary
Linwood Elementary
Madison Elementary
McDonald Elementary
Meadow Ridge Elementary
Michael Anderson Elementary
Midway Elementary
Moran Prairie Elementary
Mullan Road Elementary
Ness Elementary
Northport School District
Northside Elementary
Opportunity Elementary
Orchard Center Elementary
Orchard Prairie Elementary
Otis Orchards Elementary
Palisades Christian Academy
Pasadena Park Elementary
Pioneer School
Prairie View Elementary Post Falls

Progress Elementary
Ridgewiew Elementary
Riverside Elementary
Salish School of Spokane
Salnave Elementary
Sheridan Elementary
Snowden Elementary
Southside Christian School
Spokane Valley Adventist School
St John Vianney Catholic School
St Mary Catholic School
Stratton Elementary
Summit Elementary

Sunrise Elementary
The Native Project Wellness Program

Trinity Catholic School
Twin Lakes Elementary
University Elementary
Wellpinit School
West Ridge Elementary
Westview Elementary
Whitman Elementary
Wilson Elementary
Windsor Elementary





Photos above by Sarah Kwak
Sunset Elementary (above photo)--2012 Award Winners

History of Fit For Bloomsday

In many ways, the growth of the Fit for Bloomsday...Fit for Life Program is as remarkable as the history of the Lilac Bloomsday Run itself. Bloomsday started in 1977 with approximately 1,000 entrants. Two years later, it reached 10,000, and today, nearly 50,000 participate.

The Fit for Bloomsday program enjoyed similar success, with approximately 2,500 kids from 35 schools completing the program in the inaugural year of 1986. Today, over 6,000 kids from more than 60 schools participate.

The seeds of the program's success were planted early. During the late 1970's, teachers and parents preparing for Bloomsday at several Spokane-area schools began inviting kids to join them. By the early '80s, numerous schools around town had training programs in place.

Bloomsday officials were made acutely aware of the burgeoning interest in running among kids when they ran out of extra-small T-shirts after the 1985 Bloomsday Run. When they checked their records, they found that participation in the 12-and-under age group had grown from about 2,000 in 1984 to nearly 6,000 in a single year!

In a 12-kilometer event with 50,000 people, it makes little sense (and can be dangerous) to encourage kids to be competitive, so listings of top performances in the 12-and -under category were subsequently dropped. But the participation of young kids in Spokane's favorite run was greeted with enthusiasm. In post-race discussions, Bloomsday officials wondered what they could do to help teachers prepare and motivate kids interested in Bloomsday. By the next spring, they introduced the Fit For Bloomsday program.

The goals of Fit For Bloomsday have essentially remained the same over the years: provide informational and organizational materials for teachers and parents who conduct non-competitive children's programs, as well as rewards for those kids who complete a certain number of training sessions; help adults help kids prepare for Bloomsday, other area fitness events, or simply healthier living.

There is an ongoing discussion in the United States about what can be done to improve the fitness of the American youth. Here in the Inland Northwest, teachers, parents and fitness advocates have joined together to do something about it: Fit For Bloomsday...Fit For Life.