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Monday, April 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Coverage of the 35th Lilac Bloomsday Run.

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  • Bloomsday POV video

    Spokesman-Review reporter Elijah Francovich ran Bloomsday this year with a GoPro camera strapped to his chest.

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • Bloomsday video

    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.

  • 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 …

  • Bloomsday 2016

    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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • 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, …

  • 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.

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Predicting your Bloomsday fortunes

    Tomorrow in The Slice column.

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bloomsday 2015

    39th Bloomsday draws about 45,000 runners, Sunday, May 3, 2015.

  • Bloomsday 2012

    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 .


Apr 29, 11:30 a.m.

At Group Health Exhibit Halls, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 8 p.m.

Apr 30, 9 a.m.

At Group Health Exhibit Halls, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 6:30 p.m.

STA shuttle bus info
May 1, 6:30 a.m.

Board buses at Spokane Valley Mall, Ferris High School, Northtown Mall or EWU between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. Drop off is on First Avenue between Post and Stevens streets. Return trip begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., load at drop off location. Cost is $1.50 per person each way.

Out-of-town check-in
May 1, 6:30 a.m.

At Group Health Exhibit Halls, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 9 a.m.

Worship service
May 1, 8 a.m.

At the Floating Stage

Bloomsday race start
May 1, 9 a.m.

On Riverside Avenue between Lincoln and Post streets

Post-race party
May 1, noon

At Riverfront Park, until 4 p.m.

Elite & wheelchair awards
May 1, noon

At the Riverfront Lilac Bowl

Bloomsday course closes
May 1, 1:30 p.m.

Post-race party
May 6, 9 a.m.

Riverfront Park, through 4 p.m.