By David Govedare
Riverfront Park, Spokane (USA/Washington)
"To run with so many people you lose your sense of how well or poorly you run. You're just part of the flow, the sound of footsteps and breathing. You're continuously aware you're really not competing with anyone. You're sharing something" said sculptor David Govedare, a Chewelah artist who sculpted the 40-runner scene along Spokane Falls Boulevard in 1985. The sculpture was inspired by the yearly scene of runners who flock to Spokane for what is declared the largest road race in the world, the "Bloomsday Run". The race is held the first Sunday in May ever since the first "Bloomsday Run" in 1977. The course is 12 kilometers or 7.46 miles. It starts in downtown Spokane and heads northwest along the far west end then passes by Mukogowa Ft. Wright and Spokane Falls Community College before heading up Doomsday Hill and back downtown to the County Courthouse.