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Coverage of the 36th 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 …


  • Bloomsday 2012: An uplifting day for nearly 48,000

    It happens a lot: Crummy weather turns into beautiful skies on Bloomsday. Spokane’s annual salute to spring and fitness ran true to script Sunday. Nearly 48,000 people finished the 36th …


  • Bloomies give to local charity, high-five kids, raise awareness

    The tradition of Bloomies tossing excess clothes into trees near the start of the race pays off for Arc of Spokane, a group dedicated to helping those with developmental disabilities. …


  • Bloomsday results

    MEN Washington Division—1, Evan Sims, Spokane Valley, 37:45. 2, Justin Englund, Pullman, 37:49. 3, Jordan Welling, Burlington, 37:53. 4, Nick Mosey, Spokane, 38:25.


  • 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 …


  • Victors take drama out of Bloomsday

    For the first five miles of the 36th Lilac Bloomsday road race, Allan Kiprono was content to let others set the pace. As the race wound down Riverside Avenue, up …


  • Daska coasts to women’s elite win

    There would be no thrilling finish at this year’s Bloomsday Elite Women’s race. Mamitu Daska made sure of that from the start, pulling away from an ever-thinning pack Sunday to …


  • Parson lets it rip in winning Bloomsday wheelchair race

    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 …


  • Daska distances herself from pack in Bloomsday win

    There would be no thrilling finish at this year’s Bloomsday Elite Women’s race. Mamitu Daska made sure of that from the start, pulling away from an ever-thinning pack Sunday to …


  • Kiprono kicks Bloomsday competition

    Allan Kiprono, who was outkicked at Bloomsday in 2011, won Sunday’s Lilac Bloomsday Run in 34 mintues, 29 seconds. His nearest challenger was 18 seconds back.


  • 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 …


  • Bloomsday forecast: Mostly sunny, high near 61

    A cool, overcast week will give way to a mostly sunny Bloomsday with a high near 61, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.


  • 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.

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.