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Coverage of the 35th Lilac Bloomsday Run.



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  • Stay the course

    The post-Bloomsday glow is sweet, lending its aura of accomplishment and fitness over all who slip on their hard-won T-shirts. Bad news: The glow dims. Some runners and walkers who’d …


  • Then and Now: Bloomsday

    The Lilac Bloomsday Run welcomed runners and walkers for the 36th time this year, a long way from its modest start. Encouraged by the mayor and bolstered by sponsors and …


  • Parson throws caution to wind, races to Bloomsday victory

    Scott Parson decided to let it ride Sunday morning, and came up big. Parson, a four-time Master’s Division Bloomsday winner, took the Men’s Elite wheelchair title largely by using almost …


  • Bloomsday at last!

    More than 50,000 Bloomies enjoyed sunny skies at the start of Spokane’s annual celebration of spring and fitness. Read more.


  • Test your Bloomsday IQ

    After 35 Bloomsdays, it’s safe to assume you know just about everything there is to know about the annual race – and running in general, for that matter. For instance, …


  • LaLa’s legacy fits Bloomsday to a T

    I started working for St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores in 1995. A year later, St. Vincent opened a branch at Howard and Riverside, and I was transferred there to …


  • Bloomsday quiz answers

    1. Each year, LaLa Gerber dresses all 40 runner statues in Riverfront Park in vintage Bloomsday T-shirts. (See her personal account to the left.) 2. The Baby Jogger. Kardong pushed …


  • True triumph

    Sometimes ambition is nothing more than urge’s well-fed cousin. The motives behind it don’t have to be grand or profound; they can always be amended and enhanced as time goes …


  • Blanchette: Kim Jones’ biggest wins came in life

    Whatever Kim Jones wanted to achieve as a runner later on – and she achieved plenty – she’s always had a grasp on what set her in motion in the …


  • Cool weather is forecast for race

    The National Weather Service is forecasting a Bloomsday not unlike many of them in past years: cool and cloudy. Race time temperatures in the middle to upper 40s with light …


  • Defending Bloomsday champ Mekonnin returns

    It may be hard to beat the excitement of the elite races at last year’s Bloomsday.


  • Bloomsday skies to be partly cloudy, likely dry

    The National Weather Service is forecasting a Bloomsday not unlike many of them in past years - cool and cloudy.


  • Fighters with heart

    For some, it takes a lot of heart to finish the 12-kilometer Bloomsday course. No one knows that better than Troy Schlimgen and Erik Gelhar, two men who both have …


  • Getting There: Busy North Side intersection getting roundabout

    The popular arterial route on the west side of Whitworth University is going to be closed to through traffic later this spring for major reconstruction, including installation of a roundabout. …


  • Bloomsday announces tech advances

    Changes to the 36th annual Bloomsday race are mostly high-tech; identification chips will now be attached to racers’ numbered bibs, rather than laced into their shoes; each bib will include …


  • Warden’s Bloomsday streak ends at 34 years

    The 12-kilometer Bloomsday 2011 run is history and so is Ginny Warden’s 34-year streak as a finisher. “It had to end sometime, and 91 seemed like the right age to …


  • Warden’s Bloomsday streak ends at 34 years

    The 12-kilometer Bloomsday 2011 run is history and so is Ginny Warden’s 34-year streak as a finisher.


  • McGrory wins fifth straight women’s wheelchair title

    A nice, relaxing weekend. That’s what Amanda McGrory didn’t have.


  • Bloomsday 2011 results

    Men’s elite 1. Simon Ndirangu, Kenya, 33 minutes, 58 seconds


  • Sharing the road: Pair get hitched at race’s start

    Karen Fall and Michael Smith love each other. They also love Bloomsday.

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.