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Friday, April 26, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Coverage of the 35th Lilac Bloomsday Run.

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  • It’s a (near-perfect) morning in May

    A GRIP ON SPORTS As I looked out my window today, all I could think of were the lyrics to a Three Dog Night song. Isn’t that sad? Read on.

  • It seems to be a popular assumption

    Maybe you have noticed this. Someone asks if you are doing Bloomsday. You answer that you are not. And the person to whom you are speaking leaps to the assumption …

  • May is the beginning of the best stretch

    A GRIP ON SPORTS It is the first of May. The fifth month of 2013. The beginning of the best time of year. Read on.

  • If you had to guess

    What percentage of people around here, after all these years, still totally don’t get that the origins of “Bloomsday” are literary, not vernal?

  • Governor’s race comes down to Hoopfest vs. Bloomsday

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee will be on the court Saturday at Hoopfest in a team that also includes Democratic state House candidate Marcus Riccelli. Their team, the Evergreen Dream …

  • Roskelley edges McKenna among Bloomsday politicians

    Among the elected leaders and politicians running for office, it should be no surprise that John Roskelley won the race. Roskelley, a candidate for Spokane County Commission, had the best …

  • Remembering living on the race course

    During the first year of our married life, my wife and I lived in a second-floor apartment on Riverside that looked down on the Bloomsday course. On that race day …

  • Show of hands, please

    Who remembers when the special viewing platform on the back of the Bloomsday media truck came apart near the starting line in 1988, spilling photographers and reporters onto Riverside just …

  • This is not the Leo Bloom…

    …connected in a roundabout way to Bloomsday. Leo (Gene Wilder) is on the right. But you knew that.

  • Is there anyone left who doesn’t know…

    The story behind the name of Spokane’s event?

  • Moving Bloomsday to a different season

    It’ll never happen. But for those who battle springtime allergies and have to take medications to stave off allergy-induced asthma, the race could not come at a worse time of …

  • The real Bloomsday: Literary Pub Crawl

    Thursday is the real Bloomsday (of the James Joyce variety), which means it’s also the day of Spokane’s annual Limerick Literary Pub Crawl and Traditional Irish Dinner. For $50, you …

  • AM: Bloomsday & Bin Laden Reaction

    Melanie Jones of Post Falls pours water on the head of her son Grant, 9, at the water station on Broadway at Bloomsday on Sunday. SR stories about Bloomsday winners …

  • Weekend Listening: Soundtrack For Bloomsday

    Just do it, the ad taunts. But you can’t. You have the running shoes. You have the legs. But it’s not fun. Bloomsday is hard work. (And it’s getting greener.) …

  • Coming up in Sunday Business:

    John Stucke reports on Washington state’s new health insurance exchange, which is designed to help upward of 50,000 small businesses attain health insurance for their employees. As with many things …

  • AM: Kenyan Seeks 4th Bloomsday

    Bloomsday elite athlete coordinator Jon Neill said out of the chute that the 35th edition of the 12-kilometer run will have to go far to top the world record-breaking performance …

  • Bloomsday jump-starts backpacking season

    FITNESS — Even if you’re not a runner, Spokane’s annual Bloomsday run is a great motivation to improve the fitness needed for outdoor pursuits, whether its hiking, hunting, fishing, geocaching …

  • Garrison, Joyce’s Bloomsday, & Thou

    Most people miss the link between the June 16 Bloomsday, which was coined 88 years ago in the James Joyce novel “Ulysses,” with Spokane’s Bloomsday, which involves 50,000 people running …

  • Going for a walk with 45,000 folks

    If you saw Mayor Mary Verner on the Bloomsday course and wondered what her time was, don’t bother checking the race site or the newly published tabloid.She’s not in there.Verner …

  • Who’s Running?

    Today is the day, folks! Stretch those calves! Double-knot those laces! Got your Powerbar? Good…because today is Bloomsday.So who is running Bloomsday this morning? Ever run in the past? What’s …


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.