Coverage of the 36th Lilac Bloomsday Run.


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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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, …


  • 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 …


  • 50,661 Bloomies cross finish line

    Some elite runners made good money during Sunday’s brisk Bloomsday run in downtown Spokane. And dozens of Corporate Cup runners went home with a trophy. For others, the 34th Lilac …


  • Arizona student wins men’s open wheelchair after dropping 40 pounds

    Jordan Bird finished eighth last year in the men’s open wheelchair at the Lilac Bloomsday race. He figured if he was going to challenge for a championship, he needed to …


  • First-time Bloomie wins elite men’s field

    First-time Bloomie Peter Kirui, from Kenya, wins the elite men’s field. Lineth Chepkurui, from Kenya, is is the elite women’s champ for the third year in a row. Jordan Bird, …


  • Runners grab tags, treats and trinkets

    Bloomsday Sunday is for racing. Trade show Friday is for eating, shopping and massages.


  • Trade show attracts Bloomies ahead of race

    Bloomsday Sunday is for racing. Trade show Friday is for eating, shopping and massages.


  • Sun expected for Bloomsday fun run

    The sun is expected to shine on the Bloomsday fun run, but other than that the forecast is all clouds and a chance of showers.


  • Older competitors strive for edge on race day

    With three days to go until Sunday’s big race, Bloomsday runners are loading up on carbohydrates to prepare for the 7.46-mile trek. But one group of runners is probably just …


  • Chebet-Muge ups ante in women’s race

    Bloomsday spectators bent on drama have been well-served gravitating toward the men’s race. After all, four in the last decade have been decided by a second or less. This year, …

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.

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