Coverage of the 36th Lilac Bloomsday Run.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017, 10:32 P.M.
Organizers preview changes, charity partner ahead of 41st Bloomsday race
A year after Bloomsday celebrated its 40-year milestone, the popular event is bracing for a new development: For the first time in its history, the event’s post-race activities will not …
THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2016, 11:47 A.M.
Bloomsday assists several area prep runners for trip to Foot Locker West Regionals
As has become custom, the Lilac Bloomsday Association is assisting area high school runners who are headed to the Foot Locker West Regional meet Saturday.
THURSDAY, NOV. 24, 2016, 6:30 A.M.
Thankful for Spokane’s revered, underrated and ignored blessings
The people who study this stuff say that expressing gratitude can make you experience gratitude – that you can literally create a sense of thankfulness and appreciation about your life, …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016, 10:41 A.M.
WWII veteran uses art talent to help disabled people around world
Artist Jack Rogers, 93, has always said he won’t retire. And despite suffering a series of strokes in October, he’s kept his word, though these days his desk is in …
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 2:21 P.M.
Bloomsday organizers investigating T-shirt shortage, offer online orders through Friday
Some Bloomsday participants went home shirtless Sunday due to a shortage of finisher T-shirts. Race Director Don Kardong said organizers are investigating the issue, and affected participants can order a …
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016, 10:34 P.M.
Philip Langat pulls away to win 40th Bloomsday
As seems to be typical at Bloomsday, Doomsday Hill separates the contenders from the pretenders.
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016, 10:33 P.M.
Cynthia Limo sets Bloomsday course record for elite women’s division
Cynthia Limo got sick on the flight to Spokane from Kenya, but that didn’t stop her from setting a Bloomsday course record on her way to a win.
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016, 8:36 A.M.
Bloomsday 2016 a sunny, sweaty birthday party for thousands
Sunny skies greeted participants in the 40th annual Bloomsday run in Spokane. Early-morning temperatures were in the mid-50s, with a high of 76 expected later Sunday.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016, 4:45 P.M.
Bloomsday 1977: Tubesocks, water hoses and ‘see you next year, buddy!’
This is a reprint of the story written by Rich Landers and Jeff Jordan about participating in the first Bloomsday in 1977. It was Landers’ first story after joining The …
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016, 7 P.M.
40th Lilac Bloomsday Run kicks off at trade show
The lines were short, gear sales were hot and the doughnuts were plenty Friday as thousands of people picked up their race packets amid signs pointing to a sunny start …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 7:21 P.M.
Cynthia Limo, who won Bloomsday last spring, tops women’s elite field
It’s been quite a year for Cynthia Limo.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 7:08 P.M.
Tekoa’s Susannah Scaroni is rising star in international wheelchair racing
Susannah Scaroni wouldn’t miss Bloomsday – not for the world.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016, 7 P.M.
Doomsday Hill open for Bloomsday, but city construction projects will reroute Spokefest
Mile five. Doomsday Hill. The vulture. All things that are part of everyone’s least favorite section of the Bloomsday Run. For those hoping the course will be diverted around Doomsday …
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016, 12:40 P.M.
Perennials take on original course before 40th Bloomsday
They’ve covered enough ground over the past four decades to reach Seattle. Martin Kittredge of Spokane Valley brought that calculation to Sunday’s reunion of Bloomsday Perennials – those men and …
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016, 12:40 P.M.
Exclusive Bloomsday ‘club’ perseveres
At 92, Warren Heylman has a good excuse for simply watching Bloomsday rather than being a participant. But Heylman is registered and ready to go come hell or high water. …
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016, 9:26 P.M.
NIC’s Nicole Miller wins Highline golf
Nicole Miller of North Idaho College won the women’s division and led the Cardinals to a second-place finish in the Highline Showdown at Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club in …
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016, 4 A.M.
Front & Center: P.Z. Pearce is the fix-it man for athletes
Dr. P.Z. Pearce has worked with the Seattle Seahawks, Spokane Chiefs and Olympians. He’s also an avid athlete and offers a few tips for a successful Bloomsday run.
TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2016, 2:19 P.M.
Better T-shirts, new app, celebratory run for Perennials coming for 40th Bloomsday
In 1977, 1,198 people finished the first Bloomsday in Spokane. Ninety-two liked it enough to run the next 38.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2016, 5:35 P.M.
Christilaw: Ludivine offers inspiration for wannabe runners
There are those who insist you don’t just roll off the couch and run a marathon. Those people haven’t met Ludivine from Elkmont, Alabama.
MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015
Bloomsday wheelchair races: Tatyana McFadden, Josh George top field
Tatyana McFadden, the best women’s wheelchair marathoner in the world, finally made it to Bloomsday. McFadden added the Bloomsday open women’s title to her unparalleled resume on Sunday, but not …
TUESDAY, 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.
MONDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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.
SUNDAY, 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.
SUNDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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.
WEDNESDAY, 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, …
MONDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014, 3 P.M.
Predicting your Bloomsday fortunes
Tomorrow in The Slice column.
FRIDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016, 1:54 P.M.
Bloomsday: First 10 years
2016 will mark Bloomsday’s 40th 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.
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015, 12:53 P.M.
39th Bloomsday draws about 45,000 runners, Sunday, May 3, 2015.
SUNDAY, 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 .