Coverage of the 35th Lilac Bloomsday Run.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 8:33 p.m.
Early bird Bloomsday registration opens
RUNNING – Looking for some training motivation? Bloomsday has you covered and might even sweeten the deal with a prize. Early registration for the 42nd annual road race opened Tuesday. …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:13 p.m.
Early registration for Bloomsday underway; registrants have chance to win smartphone
Early registration for the 42nd annual Bloomsday Lilac Run is underway, and organizers are encouraging runners to make their fitness resolutions for the new year soon.
Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 8:05 a.m.
Grip on Sports: We have thoughts about the Mariners to the Seahawks … and beyond
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s the middle of the workweek already, which seems like a good time to bounce from thought to thought for a while. Read on.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Vegas shooting raises security angst level for Spokane venue operators
The mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas has prompted continued angst and attention to security at venues in Spokane – where the same performer who was …
Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Grip on Sports: It may be the calm before the storm, but the storm is well over the horizon
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Quiet doesn’t begin to describe this time of year. Graveyard-at-midnight might be better. But it’s really more like that moment in your favorite slasher movie …
Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:59 p.m.
Low Bloomsday turnout blamed on this year’s frequent bad weather
The long, cold and wet winter gets the blame for the relatively low number of finishers in this year’s Bloomsday.
Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Grip on Sports: It wasn’t the biggest Bloomsday ever, but does that matter?
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The first weekend in May is a big deal around these parts, right up there with the final weekend of June. This year it was …
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Bloomsday veterans Josh George, Susannah Scaroni are wheelchair victors
The 41st Bloomsday was the culmination of a strenuous stretch for elite wheelchair athlete Josh George.
Sun., May 7, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
Buze Diriba edges fellow Ethiopian Mamitu Daska in women’s elite Bloomsday race
Buze Diriba had one last sprint left in her. With the finish line just at the bottom of the hill on Monroe Street and Mamitu Daska only a half-step in …
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 10:25 p.m.
The music of Bloomsday: Along the course, bands compete to spur runners on
This may not be Philadelphia and you may not feel like Sylvester Stallone in his fighting prime when you make the second-to-last turn in Bloomsday on to Broadway Avenue. But …
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Gabriel Geay wins Bloomsday elite men’s title 2 days after racing in California
Tanzanian Gabriel Geay had never heard of Bloomsday until this week. Now Geay is a Bloomsday winner.
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
From packed to pristine: the work of cleaning up after Bloomsday
As the last wave of Bloomsday runners and walkers – or Bloomies, as the moniker goes – slowly crossed the finish line after the 7
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 10:06 p.m.
38,748 turn out for Bloomsday 2017
Bloomsday 2017 welcomes runners with rain and sun.
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 1:59 p.m.
Bloomsday elite men’s, women’s winners prevail in sprint finishes
Running for the second time in three days, Tanzanian Gabriel Geay surged to victory in the 41st Bloomsday on Sunday.
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 8:22 p.m.
Running for a shirt – this year’s teal Bloomsday finisher tee is popular
Volunteers cracked open boxes of Bloomsday T-shirts Sunday morning, revealing the most closely guarded secret in Spokane at the same moment runners were crossing the start line.
Sun., May 7, 2017, 7:55 a.m.
Grip on Sports: If you like racing, this is a good weekend near and far
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, 19 out of 20 horses who started at the Kentucky Derby finished. Only one, Always Dreaming, was declared the champion, however. Today, more than …
Sun., May 7, 2017, 6 a.m.
Longtime Bloomsday participant doesn’t let knee problems keep her from crossing finish line
Recent knee surgery isn’t holding Jackie Gleason back. Competing in Bloomsday is a priority for the second-grade teacher.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:57 p.m.
John Blanchette: As spectacle, expect Bloomsday to stand the test of time even as running world continues to evolve
There is spectacle – and Bloomsday is certainly that – and there is stunt, which is often spectacle without the charm. And on the eve of Bloomsday XLI, the buzz …
UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Former mayor David Rodgers remembered as the man who inspired Riverfront Park
Former Spokane Mayor David Rodgers was remembered Saturday as a man with a fondness for his morning bowl of Wheaties, tennis and time with his family at his lake cabin.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 5 a.m.
Eat to run: Carb-loading tips for Sunday’s race
Yes, carb loading before Bloomsday may be helpful, but not if you just eat a pound of pasta Saturday evening.
Tue., May 3, 2016, 9:53 a.m.
Bloomsday POV video
Spokesman-Review reporter Elijah Francovich ran Bloomsday this year with a GoPro camera strapped to his chest.
Mon., May 2, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Perennial Bloomie story that makes my heart sing
KREM 2 profiled the oldest living Bloomsday participant, 92-year-old, Jack Rogers. I’ve interviewed Jack many times over the years and he and his wife, Fran’s story is told in “War …
Mon., May 2, 2016, 6:49 a.m.
Will the M’s continue to flower in May?
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Here we are, already into May. And the M’s are still relevant in the American League. How odd is that? Read on.
Sun., May 1, 2016, 6:55 p.m.
Colin Mulvany shot and produced a video on the sights and sounds of Bloomsday 2016. Check out the Bloomsday video here to relive Spokane’s favorite race’s 40th year.
Sun., May 1, 2016, 10:46 a.m.
Bloomsday: 40 down who knows how many to go
FITNESS — It’s a wrap for a perfect record of finishing every Bloomsday since the beginning in 1977. I’ve never done it for a time, but rather for the celebration …
Sun., May 1, 2016, 10:12 a.m.
It’s all hands on deck for the 40th year of Bloomsday. Kathy Plonka and Tyler Tjomsland are covering Browne’s Addition and Doomsday Hill, Colin Mulvany is walking the course producing …
Fri., April 29, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
New app for Bloomsday’s 40th run
Bloomsday newbies searching for race details, participants tracking their times and onlookers wondering about their loved ones’ grueling ascent of Doomsday Hill have two new tools to help them come …
Fri., April 29, 2016, 7:57 a.m.
Idaho bows to the inevitable and makes the move back to the Big Sky
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The University of Idaho is giving up. But in this case it’s not a bad thing. No, really, it isn’t. Read on.
Wed., April 13, 2016, 7:22 a.m.
Bloomsday a great tuneup for hiking; register now
FITNESS — Some outdoors enthusiasts train for Bloomsday. Others see the annual run through Spokane with a field of 45,000 as a fitness boost for upcoming hiking adventures. Either way, …
Mon., May 4, 2015, 6:49 a.m.
The weekend is over and some are saying ‘good riddance’
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is it Monday already? Where did the weekend go? Read on.
Fri., May 1, 2015, 7:42 a.m.
Hawks’ first pick in the draft came a while ago
A GRIP ON SPORTS • What was your favorite moment of the NFL draft’s first day? Was it when the commissioner was booed heartily? Or when the Walter Payton award …
Fri., May 1, 2015, 6:01 a.m.
Bloomsday mile-by-mile course guide online
FITNESS — Bloomsday is more than a run or walk to celebrate fitness. It’s an extravaganza — as you can see here in a Bloomsday mile-by-mile guide (use it in …
Thu., April 9, 2015, 7:21 a.m.
Think of Bloomsday as a start, not a finish
FITNESS — Spokane’s 39th annual Bloomsday run is set for May 3, but the deadline for registering without a late fee is Tuesday, April 14. If you’re a serious runner …
Mon., May 5, 2014, 7:35 a.m.
An unlikely hero for the Shock
A GRIP ON SPORTS Imagine Russell Wilson going down with an injury in St. Louis. And imagine Tarvaris Jackson also being out, injured during the week. So the Hawks turn …
Fri., May 2, 2014, 3 p.m.
Predicting your Bloomsday fortunes
Tomorrow in The Slice column.
Fri., May 2, 2014, 6:12 a.m.
Bloomsday and your workplace culture
It says here that… If the boss where you work is an ectomorph, there is a much greater likelihood that everyone is expected to be really into Bloomsday than if …
Wed., April 30, 2014, 8:04 a.m.
A rare spring day blooms around here
A GRIP ON SPORTS Let’s be clear here. Today is going to be a great day. And it has nothing to do with sports. OK, it has a little to …
Mon., April 28, 2014, 8 a.m.
Remembering Bloomsday 1988
Sandy Felsenthal, a photographer I had worked with before coming to Spokane, was going to shoot the 1988 Bloomsday for National Geographic magazine. He asked me if he could join …
Thu., Jan. 2, 2014, 12:48 p.m.
I’ll accept your challenge, Riccelli
PHOTO CAPTION: Marcus Riccelli, then a staffer for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, runs the 2009 Bloomsday with Cantwell. Picture provided by Riccelli. I got an unusual news release yesterday from …
Tue., May 7, 2013, 10:03 a.m.
Waldref cruises to Bloomsday win
Congratulations to Councilwoman Amber Waldref, this year’s top Bloomsday finisher among elected leaders (at least among those whose time we checked). She easily beat out the rest of her City …
Bloomsday 2011 starts
Map of starting positions according to grouping or bib color for Bloomsday 2011.
Fri., April 15, 2016, 1:54 p.m.
Bloomsday: First 10 years
2017 will mark Bloomsday’s 41st year. Started in 1977, the race grew into the region’s signature athletic event. Here’s a gallery from the first 10 years of Bloomsday.
Sun., May 3, 2015, 12:53 p.m.
39th Bloomsday draws about 45,000 runners, Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Sun., May 6, 2012, 9:53 a.m.
More than 50,000 Bloomies enjoyed sunny skies at the start of Spokane’s annual celebration of spring and fitness. Sunday, May 6, 2012, was the 36th running of Bloomsday .