Coverage of the 35th Lilac Bloomsday Run.
UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 10:55 a.m.
John Blanchette: From a distance, Jim Ryun’s accomplishments continue to amaze
Bloomsday is 12 kilometers of civic satisfaction, and given the race’s size and staying power Jim Ryun is not going to quibble with the metrics – even if he is …
Mon., April 24, 2017
Doomsday Hill gets a total remake
Construction of a stormwater holding tank along Doomsday Hill has resulted in a complete makeover of Pettet Drive.
Wed., April 19, 2017, 8:49 p.m.
Time is running out to register for Bloomsday
Time is running out fast for walkers and joggers who want to sign up to participate in the 12k stroll through Spokane otherwise known as Bloomsday.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Organizers preview changes, charity partner ahead of 41st Bloomsday race
A year after Bloomsday celebrated its 40-year milestone, the popular event is bracing for a new development: For the first time in its history, the event’s post-race activities will not …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 11:47 a.m.
Bloomsday assists several area prep runners for trip to Foot Locker West Regionals
As has become custom, the Lilac Bloomsday Association is assisting area high school runners who are headed to the Foot Locker West Regional meet Saturday.
Thu., Nov. 24, 2016, 6:30 a.m.
Thankful for Spokane’s revered, underrated and ignored blessings
The people who study this stuff say that expressing gratitude can make you experience gratitude – that you can literally create a sense of thankfulness and appreciation about your life, …
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016, 10:41 a.m.
WWII veteran uses art talent to help disabled people around world
Artist Jack Rogers, 93, has always said he won’t retire. And despite suffering a series of strokes in October, he’s kept his word, though these days his desk is in …
Mon., May 2, 2016, 2:21 p.m.
Bloomsday organizers investigating T-shirt shortage, offer online orders through Friday
Some Bloomsday participants went home shirtless Sunday due to a shortage of finisher T-shirts. Race Director Don Kardong said organizers are investigating the issue, and affected participants can order a …
Sun., May 1, 2016, 10:34 p.m.
Philip Langat pulls away to win 40th Bloomsday
As seems to be typical at Bloomsday, Doomsday Hill separates the contenders from the pretenders.
Sun., May 1, 2016, 10:33 p.m.
Cynthia Limo sets Bloomsday course record for elite women’s division
Cynthia Limo got sick on the flight to Spokane from Kenya, but that didn’t stop her from setting a Bloomsday course record on her way to a win.
Sun., May 1, 2016, 8:36 a.m.
Bloomsday 2016 a sunny, sweaty birthday party for thousands
Sunny skies greeted participants in the 40th annual Bloomsday run in Spokane. Early-morning temperatures were in the mid-50s, with a high of 76 expected later Sunday.
Sat., April 30, 2016, 4:45 p.m.
Bloomsday 1977: Tubesocks, water hoses and ‘see you next year, buddy!’
This is a reprint of the story written by Rich Landers and Jeff Jordan about participating in the first Bloomsday in 1977. It was Landers’ first story after joining The …
Fri., April 29, 2016, 7 p.m.
40th Lilac Bloomsday Run kicks off at trade show
The lines were short, gear sales were hot and the doughnuts were plenty Friday as thousands of people picked up their race packets amid signs pointing to a sunny start …
Thu., April 28, 2016, 7:21 p.m.
Cynthia Limo, who won Bloomsday last spring, tops women’s elite field
It’s been quite a year for Cynthia Limo.
Thu., April 28, 2016, 7:08 p.m.
Tekoa’s Susannah Scaroni is rising star in international wheelchair racing
Susannah Scaroni wouldn’t miss Bloomsday – not for the world.
Wed., April 27, 2016, 7 p.m.
Doomsday Hill open for Bloomsday, but city construction projects will reroute Spokefest
Mile five. Doomsday Hill. The vulture. All things that are part of everyone’s least favorite section of the Bloomsday Run. For those hoping the course will be diverted around Doomsday …
Sun., April 17, 2016, 12:40 p.m.
Perennials take on original course before 40th Bloomsday
They’ve covered enough ground over the past four decades to reach Seattle. Martin Kittredge of Spokane Valley brought that calculation to Sunday’s reunion of Bloomsday Perennials – those men and …
Sun., April 17, 2016, 12:40 p.m.
Exclusive Bloomsday ‘club’ perseveres
At 92, Warren Heylman has a good excuse for simply watching Bloomsday rather than being a participant. But Heylman is registered and ready to go come hell or high water. …
Mon., April 11, 2016, 9:26 p.m.
NIC’s Nicole Miller wins Highline golf
Nicole Miller of North Idaho College won the women’s division and led the Cardinals to a second-place finish in the Highline Showdown at Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club in …
Sun., April 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: P.Z. Pearce is the fix-it man for athletes
Dr. P.Z. Pearce has worked with the Seattle Seahawks, Spokane Chiefs and Olympians. He’s also an avid athlete and offers a few tips for a successful Bloomsday run.
Mon., May 6, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
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.
Wed., May 1, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
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 …
Wed., May 1, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
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.
Fri., April 26, 2013, 6 a.m.
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?
Fri., June 29, 2012, 2:24 p.m.
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 …
Mon., May 7, 2012, 10:08 p.m.
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 …
Sun., May 6, 2012, 4 a.m.
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 …
Thu., May 3, 2012, 8:11 a.m.
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 …
Wed., May 2, 2012, 12:04 p.m.
This is not the Leo Bloom…
…connected in a roundabout way to Bloomsday. www.filmforager.com Leo (Gene Wilder) is on the right. But you knew that.
Mon., April 30, 2012, 11:38 a.m.
Is there anyone left who doesn’t know…
The story behind the name of Spokane’s event? www.bryantpark.org www.liberateulysses.com
Fri., April 13, 2012, 9:03 a.m.
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 …
Wed., June 15, 2011, 2:34 p.m.
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 …
Mon., May 2, 2011, 8:48 a.m.
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 …
Sun., May 1, 2011, 5 a.m.
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.) …
Fri., April 29, 2011, 3:45 p.m.
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 …
Wed., April 27, 2011, 9:21 a.m.
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 …
Tue., April 12, 2011, 9:58 a.m.
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 …
Sat., June 19, 2010, 6:20 a.m.
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 …
Wed., May 6, 2009, 2:14 p.m.
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 …
Sun., May 3, 2009, 7:45 a.m.
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 …