‘One of Spokane’s most prized possessions’: Bloomsday 2023 Finisher shirt design contest opens

The search for the design of what will likely be the most worn t-shirt in the Interior Northwest on May 7th next year is underway.

The Lilac Bloomsday Association is accepting designs for the Bloomsday Finisher Shirt Design Contest.

The artist of the chosen drawing will win $1,000.

More than 40,000 participants have completed Bloomsday races in the past, although the numbers have dipped this year as the race returned to in-person following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jon Neill, director of the Bloomsday race, said nearly 200 people typically enter the annual design competition, which attracts people from all walks of life, designers, art students and even elementary school students.

“The design and color of the jersey is kept secret until the morning of the race. This secret, in addition to earning your shirt after completing the 12 km course, makes the T-shirt one of the most valuable possessions of Spokane,” Neill said in a press release.

The submission deadline is September 16, and entrants should mail or deliver their design to 1414 N. Belt St., Spokane, WA 99201.

The race t-shirt was designed by the contest winner for nearly two decades, Neill said.

Bloomsday sometimes uses designs submitted for the contest even if they aren’t shortlisted for the T-shirt, Neill said.

“For example, last year a shirt design was used for the official race poster,” Neill said in an interview.

The shirt design can have up to four colors and must feature the words “Lilac Bloomsday Run” or “Bloomsday”. It should also say “Spokane, Washington”, “2023” or “’23” and “Finisher”. More information on the rules can be found at bloomsdayrun.org.

Bloomsday is scheduled for May 7.

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