Bloomsday orders 8,000 additional Boston Bracelets | Community Spirit
Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, Bloomsday announced that they would be distributing 50,000 lilac bands etched with “Bloomsday Stands With Boston”. Now they have ordered 8,000 more bracelets so that volunteers can also show their support for the East Coast city.
The initial bracelets were purchased for runners participating in the world's largest timed road race this Sunday. The response to the idea has been so positive that Bloomsday officials decided it was something that volunteers and safety personnel should participate in as well.
“Bloomsday is an event driven by volunteers,” said Steven Jones, President of the Lilac Bloomsday Association. “Many of our volunteers, like the police, fire and medical crews providing support on race day, do not get the opportunity to participate in the run itself. These people are an integral part of Bloomsday and deserve to have the “Bloomsday Stands With Boston” bracelets to show their support for Boston, the Boston victims, and the community spirit of Bloomsday in light of the tragedy at the marathon.”
It takes about 5,000 volunteers every year to help organize and put on the Bloomsday race. Bloomsday participants, volunteers and safety personnel are encouraged to their bracelets on race day.