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Bloomsday 2011

Coverage of the 35th Lilac Bloomsday Run.



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  • Sun., May 4, 2014, 2:07 p.m.

    George, Scaroni win wheelchair groups

    Josh George finished second in a half marathon on Saturday in Indianapolis. He jumped on a plane Saturday night, flew to Spokane and won the men’s wheelchair race at Bloomsday …


  • Sun., May 4, 2014, 11:46 a.m.

    Wacera prevails in close finish

    As the two Kenyans approached the finish line Sunday, both had the same thought.


  • Sun., May 4, 2014, 10:48 a.m.

    Kenyan Kiprono wins Bloomsday again

    Former Bloomsday champion Allan Kiprono hung with the lead pack early in the race and he followed a fellow Kenyan all the way to the base of Doomsday Hill. He …


  • Thu., May 1, 2014

    Holmberg finishes runner-up for two WHL awards

    Former Spokane Chiefs star Mitch Holmberg finished runner-up in two categories Wednesday as the Western Hockey League presented honors during its annual awards luncheon in Calgary, Alberta. Sam Reinhart of …


  • Wed., April 30, 2014

    Shawn Vestal: Frivolity lurks inside Doomsday Hill’s menacing vulture

    Bill Robinson is training for his 27th Bloomsday. Doing a little running on the treadmill. Working on his core. Fixing the crack in his beak …


  • Tue., April 29, 2014

    Spokane may reach 81 degrees Friday before cooling for Bloomsday

    National Weather Service forecasters Monday upped their forecast for warm weather this week – they’re now saying downtown Spokane could reach the lower 80s on Friday. The warm weather isn’t …


  • Tue., April 29, 2014

    Bloomsday participants encouraged to use bus service

    Spokane Transit Authority is encouraging Bloomsday participants to ride buses downtown during the trade show and registration pickup periods on Friday and Saturday. Parking and access to the Convention Center …


  • Mon., April 28, 2014

    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” …


  • Tue., July 9, 2013

    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 …


  • Tue., May 7, 2013

    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 …


  • Mon., May 6, 2013

    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 …


  • Mon., May 6, 2013

    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 …


  • Mon., May 6, 2013

    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, …


  • Mon., May 6, 2013

    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 …


  • Mon., May 6, 2013

    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, …


  • Mon., May 6, 2013

    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 …


  • Sun., May 5, 2013, 4:45 p.m.

    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 …


  • Sun., May 5, 2013, 11:43 a.m.

    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.


  • Sun., May 5, 2013, 11:15 a.m.

    Ethiopians sweep Bloomsday titles

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


  • Sun., May 5, 2013

    Wildrose Graphics counts Bloomsday shirts as best-kept secrets

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

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.