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Bloomsday 2010

Flying Irish prepare hundreds for annual Bloomsday Run

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Hundreds of runners gathered in downtown Spokane on Thursday for a pre-Bloomsday tune-up run (Photo: KHQ) Hundreds of runners gathered in downtown Spokane on Thursday for a pre-Bloomsday tune-up run (Photo: KHQ)

by Kevin Randall
KHQ Local News

SPOKANE, Wash. - Even through the nasty weather Spokane has experienced over the past several days, hundreds of runners showed up for their weekly run that starts at a downtown restaurant - just about all of them preparing for Bloomsday on Sunday.

The Flying Irish, a club started five years ago, has run strong every week since its humble beginnings. And its runners are getting stronger.  Membership is topping 3,000, with new members joining the ranks every week. They claim to be the second-largest running club in the nation - maybe the world.  Some members come to run religiously.  Others jog once in a while.

"There's something awesome about running with your buddies," said one runner. "The second-largest club in the U.S., well over 3,000 members. Different run every time.  Just good times."

Many runners this week turned out for a final tune-up before Sunday's Bloomsday Run.

"It gives me a chance to do my fast run, and I also like socializing with my friends afterwards. I like that more than a run itself," said another runner.

The Flying Irish are always looking for new members. Anyone can join. Just show up at O'Doherty's restaurant downtown Thursday nights at 6 p.m. and be prepared for a 5k run or walk. Membership is free, although donations are always welcome, the club said.

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