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Bloomsday 2012

Coverage of the 36th Lilac Bloomsday Run.





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  • MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011

    Vitamin D fuels Bloomsday masses

    A clear, blue sky appeared from out of the blue Sunday, giving nearly 57,000 people crowded into downtown Spokane for the 35th annual Bloomsday race another reason to cheer. For …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011

    Kardong’s Bloomsday vision is business model to envy

    There are lean businesses, and then there’s the Lilac Bloomsday Association. Full-time, year-round staff: one.


  • SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011

    Clark: Bloomsday racer lets strength be her guide

    Ah, Bloomsday. Another mass of perspiring humanity pounds the Lilac City streets.


  • SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011

    Once-homeless racers take to the course

    There are probably as many reasons to run in Bloomsday as there are participants, but a group of homeless and formerly homeless Bloomies are doing it for self-respect. “I did …


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011

    Thousands run down deals at Bloomsday trade show

    Runners geared up at the Lilac Bloomsday Run Trade Show at the Spokane Convention Center on Friday. Swarms of people dug through bins of shoes, munched on food samples, signed …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011

    Chepkurui aims to win record fourth straight 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 …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011, 4:38 P.M.

    Top elite runners returning for Bloomsday

    Bloomsday elite athlete coordinator Jon Neill admitted 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 …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

    Fitness after 50 runs women into healthy futures

    More women than men run Bloomsday, 60 percent to 40 percent last year, a trend likely to continue Sunday, when Spokane’s 35th Bloomsday takes to the streets. ¶ Why more …


  • MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

    Face Time: Bloomsday organizer has greener vision of race

    What do more than 50,000 sweaty runners and walkers have to do with your garden? Local attorney Steven Jones, who has been running, helping and organizing Bloomsday for more than …


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011

    Jason Bay may start season on disabled list

    Baseball: New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup against Washington because of discomfort in his rib cage, and the team acknowledged there was a chance …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011

    Time to start your Bloomsday training

    Some years I remember to register for Bloomsday well in advance and feel very prepared. Other years I might be in shape for it, but forget to register until the …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 23, 2011

    Lilac Parade, Bloomsday, Hoopfest flourish in different ways

    The ancient Greeks called their communal gathering spaces “agoras.” Spokane has three major modern-day agoras: the Lilac Festival’s annual parade, Bloomsday and Hoopfest.


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 23, 2011

    Landmark institutions show Spokane’s growth potential

    Spokane was a far different place four decades ago. Major community projects – like the upcoming Expo ’74 World’s Fair – were typically planned by older men meeting in such …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010

    Bloomsday nets SNAP thousands

    Bloomsday participants this year donated nearly $10,000 to SNAP, the nonprofit social services organization that assists Spokane’s most vulnerable residents.


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2010

    Keillor went astray in ‘Bloomsday’ reference

    It’s been a riot of a week in Spokane, our hometown, with “A Prairie Home Companion” at the Spokane Arena last Saturday and Bloomsday celebrated in Irish bars on Wednesday. …


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010, 5:18 P.M.

    Keillor snubs Bloomsday run’s Joyce connection

    It’s been a riot of a week in Spokane, our home town, with “A Prairie Home Companion” at the Spokane Arena last Saturday and Bloomsday celebrated in Irish bars on …


  • MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

    Chepkurui defends title, sets world record

    The quick feet of Lineth Chepkurui, Emily Chebet-Muge and Mamitu Daska beat a rhythmic click on the pavement up Cemetery Hill as they broke open the women’s race of the …


  • MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

    Race gets help from radio club to keep color groups moving

    For the second straight year, Bloomsday organizers got logistical help from the Spokane amateur radio operators club. Using radio frequencies, club volunteers beamed live video from the Marne Bridge back …


  • MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

    Olympic gold medalist won over by race

    There isn’t much Joan Samuelson hasn’t seen as a runner, and that includes Bloomsday, but the 1984 Olympic gold medal marathoner admitted she was a little awestruck Sunday morning. “Hey, …


  • MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

    Kirui wins first try at Bloomsday

    Peter Kirui had a simple strategy Sunday morning for the 34th Lilac Bloomsday Run: Follow the lead truck. The 22-year-old Kenyan, running the 12-kilometer course sight unseen, pulled away from …

Schedule

Bloomsday Trade Show
May 4, 11:30 a.m.

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

Check-in/registration
May 4, 11:30 a.m.

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

Check-in/registration
May 5, 9 a.m.

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

Bloomsday Trade Show
May 5, 9 a.m.

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

STA shuttle buses board
May 6, 6:30 a.m.

Through 8:30 a.m. Locations: Spokane Valley Mall, Ferris High School, NorthTown Mall, EWU (Cheney)

Out-of-town check-in only
May 6, 6:30 a.m.

At Group Health Exhibit Halls, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 9 a.m.

Bike corral
May 6, 7:30 a.m.

Free bike lockup area at the Central Meadow in Riverfront Park, open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Worship service
May 6, 8 a.m.

At the Riverfront Park Floating Stage

Race start
May 6, 9 a.m.

Riverside Avenue east of Lincoln street

STA return shuttles
May 6, 10:30 a.m.

Through 2 p.m. Pickup on First Avenue between Post and Stevens streets.

Elite and wheelchair awards
May 6, noon

Riverfront Park

Course closes
May 6, 1:30 p.m.