Coverage of the 35th Lilac Bloomsday Run.
UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Jr. Bloomsday relaunch draws full crowd of young runners
Identical 9-year-old twins Carter and Zoe Thompson said one of their main goals in the Jr. Bloomsday run Saturday was to beat the other in the race.
UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 9:38 p.m.
When it comes to Bloomsday team names, creativity counts
Those are just three of the 29 finalists – out of 350 entries – in a contest that rewards clever minds instead of fast times. The list was announced Wednesday, …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 8:47 p.m.
More than 7,000 have already signed up for Bloomsday 2019
Thousands of people have already signed up for the three Bloomsday runs this year, which will be Bloomsday founder Don Kardong’s last year leading the organization.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:17 p.m.
Junior Bloomsday returns to Spokane
Children too young or inexperienced to participate in the annual Bloomsday race in Spokane can again participate in the smaller Junior Bloomsday run, which will resume after a two-decade hiatus.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Abandoned house along Bloomsday route burns from suspected transient warming fire
A suspected transient lit a fire in an abandon house along the Bloomsday trail on Thursday. No one was injured.
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Bloomsday founder Don Kardong to retire leaving legacy of community involvement
Bloomsday 2019 will be the last for Don Kardong as race director. Kardong, who founded the event in 1977 and has participated in every race since, will retire following the …
Thu., Nov. 22, 2018
Spokane International Airport on pace to break last year’s travel record with new direct flights
Air travelers are flowing in and out of Spokane International Airport at a pace previously unseen in history as the economy remains strong and new nonstop flights give commuters more …
Wed., May 9, 2018, 5:30 a.m.
Reversing Bloomsday’s lagging participation begins with a first step
You can single-handedly save Bloomsday.
UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 9:32 p.m.
Number of Bloomsday finishers shrinks for seventh straight year, lowest since 1985
Preliminary estimates showed 38,187 people crossed the Bloomsday finish line on Sunday, marking the seventh straight year that participation has declined. That figure, which is subject to change because of …
Mon., May 7, 2018, 7:11 a.m.
Grip on Sports: The many faces of Bloomsday were on display yesterday – as they are every year
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There really is two faces to Bloomsday, sort of like that old Roman god who graced the doorways of homes in Pompeii. Read on.
Mon., May 7, 2018
Amid changes to the neighborhood, Bloomsday’s takeover of West Central remains an annual tradition
Bloomsday takes parts of West Central captive, blocking off streets and restricting access for most of the day. Many neighborhood residents embrace Bloomsday with parties and family gatherings.
UPDATED: Sun., May 6, 2018, 10:21 p.m.
Romanchuk, McFadden win Bloomsday wheelchair races
Daniel Romanchuk had some tense moments on the hill Sunday morning.
Sun., May 6, 2018, 1:42 p.m.
Bloomsday 2018: Jemal Yimer pulls away from men’s elite field for victory
With a mile and a half to go, Bloomsday was anybody’s race. Seconds later, it was all but over.
Sun., May 6, 2018, 1:35 p.m.
Bloomsday 2018: Buze Diriba outkicks Mamitu Daska in women’s elite field second year in a row
For the second year in a row, Buze Diriba passed fellow Ethiopian Mamitu Daska in a sprint finish to whisk away the woman’s elite Bloomsday title.
UPDATED: Sun., May 6, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
Bloomsday 2018: Jemal Yimer, Buze Diriba win elite races
Jemal Yimer and Buze Diriba, both of Ethiopia, won the men’s and women’s elite races at the 2018 Lilac Bloomsday 12 K races on Sunday.
UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
Bloomsday 2018: Coverage of the race
With a blare of sirens and the crack of a starting gun, Bloomsday 2018 sped away under clear, sunny skies, wheelchair racers leading the pack.
Sun., May 6, 2018, 8:10 a.m.
Grip on Sports: When it comes to picking winners, you win some and you lose a lot more
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There were a couple of horse races yesterday, one actual, the other rhetorical. Picking winners was hard. Read on.
UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
E. Susan Meyer keeps the buses running on time at Spokane Transit Authority
It’s Bloomsday, which means thousands of local residents will participate in an activity they do only once a year – riding a Spokane Transit Authority bus.
Sat., May 5, 2018, 9:09 p.m.
Bloomsday 2018: No rest for Tatyana McFadden, world’s top female wheelchair athlete
The world’s most decorated female wheelchair athlete certainly could use a break. Instead, Tatyana McFadden will spend Sunday morning grinding up Doomsday Hill, chasing her second Lilac Bloomsday title.
UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 6:13 p.m.
Bloomsday 2018: Diane Nukuri sees bigger perspective running through Spokane
Let’s get the first thing out of the way: Diane Nukuri is here to win.
Tue., May 3, 2016, 9:53 a.m.
Bloomsday POV video
Spokesman-Review reporter Elijah Francovich ran Bloomsday this year with a GoPro camera strapped to his chest.
Mon., May 2, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Perennial Bloomie story that makes my heart sing
KREM 2 profiled the oldest living Bloomsday participant, 92-year-old, Jack Rogers. I’ve interviewed Jack many times over the years and he and his wife, Fran’s story is told in “War …
Mon., May 2, 2016, 6:49 a.m.
Will the M’s continue to flower in May?
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Here we are, already into May. And the M’s are still relevant in the American League. How odd is that? Read on.
Sun., May 1, 2016, 6:55 p.m.
Colin Mulvany shot and produced a video on the sights and sounds of Bloomsday 2016. Check out the Bloomsday video here to relive Spokane’s favorite race’s 40th year.
Sun., May 1, 2016, 10:46 a.m.
Bloomsday: 40 down who knows how many to go
FITNESS — It’s a wrap for a perfect record of finishing every Bloomsday since the beginning in 1977. I’ve never done it for a time, but rather for the celebration …
Sun., May 1, 2016, 10:12 a.m.
It’s all hands on deck for the 40th year of Bloomsday. Kathy Plonka and Tyler Tjomsland are covering Browne’s Addition and Doomsday Hill, Colin Mulvany is walking the course producing …
Fri., April 29, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
New app for Bloomsday’s 40th run
Bloomsday newbies searching for race details, participants tracking their times and onlookers wondering about their loved ones’ grueling ascent of Doomsday Hill have two new tools to help them come …
Fri., April 29, 2016, 7:57 a.m.
Idaho bows to the inevitable and makes the move back to the Big Sky
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The University of Idaho is giving up. But in this case it’s not a bad thing. No, really, it isn’t. Read on.
Wed., April 13, 2016, 7:22 a.m.
Bloomsday a great tuneup for hiking; register now
FITNESS — Some outdoors enthusiasts train for Bloomsday. Others see the annual run through Spokane with a field of 45,000 as a fitness boost for upcoming hiking adventures. Either way, …
Mon., May 4, 2015, 6:49 a.m.
The weekend is over and some are saying ‘good riddance’
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is it Monday already? Where did the weekend go? Read on.
Fri., May 1, 2015, 7:42 a.m.
Hawks’ first pick in the draft came a while ago
A GRIP ON SPORTS • What was your favorite moment of the NFL draft’s first day? Was it when the commissioner was booed heartily? Or when the Walter Payton award …
Fri., May 1, 2015, 6:01 a.m.
Bloomsday mile-by-mile course guide online
FITNESS — Bloomsday is more than a run or walk to celebrate fitness. It’s an extravaganza — as you can see here in a Bloomsday mile-by-mile guide (use it in …
Thu., April 9, 2015, 7:21 a.m.
Think of Bloomsday as a start, not a finish
FITNESS — Spokane’s 39th annual Bloomsday run is set for May 3, but the deadline for registering without a late fee is Tuesday, April 14. If you’re a serious runner …
Mon., May 5, 2014, 7:35 a.m.
An unlikely hero for the Shock
A GRIP ON SPORTS Imagine Russell Wilson going down with an injury in St. Louis. And imagine Tarvaris Jackson also being out, injured during the week. So the Hawks turn …
Fri., May 2, 2014, 3 p.m.
Predicting your Bloomsday fortunes
Tomorrow in The Slice column.
Fri., May 2, 2014, 6:12 a.m.
Bloomsday and your workplace culture
It says here that… If the boss where you work is an ectomorph, there is a much greater likelihood that everyone is expected to be really into Bloomsday than if …
Wed., April 30, 2014, 8:04 a.m.
A rare spring day blooms around here
A GRIP ON SPORTS Let’s be clear here. Today is going to be a great day. And it has nothing to do with sports. OK, it has a little to …
Mon., April 28, 2014, 8 a.m.
Remembering Bloomsday 1988
Sandy Felsenthal, a photographer I had worked with before coming to Spokane, was going to shoot the 1988 Bloomsday for National Geographic magazine. He asked me if he could join …
Thu., Jan. 2, 2014, 12:48 p.m.
I’ll accept your challenge, Riccelli
PHOTO CAPTION: Marcus Riccelli, then a staffer for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, runs the 2009 Bloomsday with Cantwell. Picture provided by Riccelli. I got an unusual news release yesterday from …
Tue., May 7, 2013, 10:03 a.m.
Waldref cruises to Bloomsday win
Congratulations to Councilwoman Amber Waldref, this year’s top Bloomsday finisher among elected leaders (at least among those whose time we checked). She easily beat out the rest of her City …
Bloomsday 2011 starts
Map of starting positions according to grouping or bib color for Bloomsday 2011.
Fri., April 15, 2016, 1:54 p.m.
Bloomsday: First 10 years
2017 will mark Bloomsday’s 41st year. Started in 1977, the race grew into the region’s signature athletic event. Here’s a gallery from the first 10 years of Bloomsday.
Sun., May 3, 2015, 12:53 p.m.
39th Bloomsday draws about 45,000 runners, Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Sun., May 6, 2012, 9:53 a.m.
More than 50,000 Bloomies enjoyed sunny skies at the start of Spokane’s annual celebration of spring and fitness. Sunday, May 6, 2012, was the 36th running of Bloomsday .