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  • Bloomsday, boomers are made for each other

    Bloomsday would seem to be the perfect fit for the baby boom generation that prides itself on staying fit, playing outdoors and socializing with friends. Age isn’t slowing these “senior” …


  • We could call it the running of the Bloomies

    A mob of tourists has once again descended on the Spanish city of Pamplona. They have come to watch several thousand drunken halfwits attempt to outrun a half-dozen angry 1,300-pound …


  • Abortion protest prompts Bloomsday complaints

    Bloomsday organizers are struggling to come up with what they could have done differently after dozens of runners on Sunday complained about an anti-abortion protest along the route. Race director …


  • Scaroni first area women’s wheelchair winner

    Susannah Scaroni’s Bloomsday times have improved each of the nine years she has competed in the women’s open wheelchair race. Scaroni, 21, reached her peak Sunday when she became the …


  • Assefa pulls away for first Bloomsday crown

    It was champions’ day at Bloomsday, an elite men’s field full of past winners ready to repeat the feat. But darkhorse Belete Assefa and newcomer Emmanuel Bett left them all …


  • Bloomsday results

    MEN Washington Division—1, Joseph Gray, Renton, 37:34. 2, Paul Limpf, Cheney, 37:50. 3, Uli Steidl, Seattle, 38:16. 4, Evan Sims, Spokane Valley, 39:14. 5, Phil Olson, Mountlake Terrace, 39:15. 6, …


  • More than 47,000 soak up Bloomsday experience

    With added security across the 7.5-mile Spokane Bloomsday course, runners and walkers cruised through a warm and uneventful race marked mostly by dozens of runners being treated for dehydration. Concern …


  • Race filled with big, small moments

    Seventy-eight-year-old Dora Saw, of Spokane, ran her second Bloomsday race Sunday with the help of two wooden canes. She moved faster than just walking, so “ran” is apt. Her husband, …


  • Doomsday Hill gives separation for Deba

    Doomsday Hill allowed Buzunesh Deba to transform the 37th Bloomsday from a two-woman race into a one-woman race. Deba, a 25-year-old Ethiopian based in The Bronx, New York, broke away …


  • Blue skies for Bloomsday 2013

    Bloomsday 2013 started and proceeded with clocklike efficiency Sunday, with blue skies and temperatures as warm as many Bloomies can remember at race time. Following last month’s bombing at the …


  • Deba wins women’s elite race at Bloomsday

    Doomsday Hill allowed Buzunesh Deba to transform the 37th Bloomsday from a two-woman race into a one-woman race.


  • Ethiopians sweep Bloomsday titles

    Ethiopians Belete Assefa and Buzunesh Deba captured Elite titles at Bloomsday on Sunday.


  • Wildrose Graphics counts Bloomsday shirts as best-kept secrets

    Sherie Hackney can keep a secret. So can her employees.


  • Still time to be a Bloomie

    It isn’t too late for prospective Bloomsday runners to get in on Sunday’s event, which is expected to draw 51,000 participants. Late registrations, with a $35 entry fee, are being …


  • Sunday brings warmest Bloomsday in 9 years

    If the weatherman is correct, Sunday will be Spokane’s warmest Bloomsday in nine years.


  • Rockin’ the race course

    The Angela Marie Project has a policy when they play at Bloomsday: No breaks. “There may be 50,000 participants, but each one of them deserves the music so we don’t …


  • Illness keeps grandmother from being Bloomsday celebrity starter

    When Lucille Olin turned 80, her doctor advised her to stop running. She obliged, making that year her last Bloomsday run.


  • Bloomsday security fine-tuned by Spokane police

    Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said runners and spectators can expect heightened security the moment they board a bus to downtown Spokane on Sunday during the 37th Lilac Bloomsday Run. …


  • Past champions return for Bloomsday

    When Jon Neill spoke Tuesday morning about the stars aligning, he meant it in a figurative and literal sense. Neill, Bloomsday’s elite athlete coordinator, is so pleased with the elite …


  • Bloomsday buddies

    Competing in the unofficial wheelchair division – in the back with the strollers – Donna Husick and Gail Ableman probably will not win Bloomsday on Sunday. But when they finish, …

Schedule

Check-in/registration
Apr 29, 11:30 a.m.

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

Check-in/registration
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.

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