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Bloomsday 2015 will include some new technology

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The 39th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run is mere months away, and plans are well underway for another big crowd to take to the streets. Over 8,000 runners and walkers have already signed up since online registration opened on January 1, and 50,000 people are expected to be signed up by race day on May 3.

The race itself will be similar to what participants experienced last year, with everyone starting on Riverside Avenue near Lincoln Street and finishing at the north end of the Monroe Street Bridge, just above Spokane River falls. 

New for 2015, though, is a partnership with Outside Interactive, a Hopkins, Massachusetts, based technology developer that created the Virtual Runner app. The app creates a virtual race-day video that will allow runners to interactively train at their own pace using their tablet on any treadmill in the world. Through use of special cameras, the HD virtual course video will provide live footage of the 2015 Bloomsday course from a runner's point of view. Runners should be able to purchase the Bloomsday course video by July. Those on the course should keep an eye out for the Outside Interactive Segway on race day and cheer it on so the final video will simulate the actual running experience.

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