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Wednesday, April 24, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Coverage of the 36th Lilac Bloomsday Run.



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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Mekonnin holds off Ayalew in sprint for women’s crown

    Even after 35 years, the Lilac Bloomsday race still can celebrate firsts. After suffering through rain all week, the sun was bloomin’ Sunday morning for the 35th 12-kilometer Bloomsday run.


  • Ndirangu surges past Kiprono to win Bloomsday men’s title

    By his own admission, Simon Ndirangu’s first experience at the Lilac Bloomsday didn’t go as planned. “I was here in 2007, but I didn’t do very good,” the 25-year-old Kenyan …


  • 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 …

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.