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Bloomsday 2014

Coverage of the 38th Lilac Bloomsday Run.



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  • Happy feat: Bloomsday participants soak up ideal running conditions

    Spokane’s 38th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run brought together thousands of family and friends who spent their Sunday celebrating spring and fitness. “Being from Spokane, you kind of want to be …


  • A bloomin’ good time

    Spokane’s 38th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run brought together thousands of family and friends, who spent their Sunday celebrating spring and fitness.


  • George, Scaroni win wheelchair groups

    Josh George finished second in a half marathon on Saturday in Indianapolis. He jumped on a plane Saturday night, flew to Spokane and won the men’s wheelchair race at Bloomsday …


  • Wacera prevails in close finish

    As the two Kenyans approached the finish line Sunday, both had the same thought.


  • Kenyan Kiprono wins Bloomsday again

    Former Bloomsday champion Allan Kiprono hung with the lead pack early in the race and he followed a fellow Kenyan all the way to the base of Doomsday Hill. He …


  • Navigating Bloomsday 2014

    Here’s everything you need to know to navigate your way to, and through, the 38th annual Bloomsday race, whether you’re running or watching.


  • Holmberg finishes runner-up for two WHL awards

    Former Spokane Chiefs star Mitch Holmberg finished runner-up in two categories Wednesday as the Western Hockey League presented honors during its annual awards luncheon in Calgary, Alberta. Sam Reinhart of …


  • Shawn Vestal: Frivolity lurks inside Doomsday Hill’s menacing vulture

    Bill Robinson is training for his 27th Bloomsday. Doing a little running on the treadmill. Working on his core. Fixing the crack in his beak …


  • Spokane may reach 81 degrees Friday before cooling for Bloomsday

    National Weather Service forecasters Monday upped their forecast for warm weather this week – they’re now saying downtown Spokane could reach the lower 80s on Friday. The warm weather isn’t …


  • Bloomsday participants encouraged to use bus service

    Spokane Transit Authority is encouraging Bloomsday participants to ride buses downtown during the trade show and registration pickup periods on Friday and Saturday. Parking and access to the Convention Center …


  • We could call it the running of the Bloomies

    A mob of tourists has once again descended on the Spanish city of Pamplona. They have come to watch several thousand drunken halfwits attempt to outrun a half-dozen angry 1,300-pound …


  • Abortion protest prompts Bloomsday complaints

    Bloomsday organizers are struggling to come up with what they could have done differently after dozens of runners on Sunday complained about an anti-abortion protest along the route. Race director …


  • Scaroni first area women’s wheelchair winner

    Susannah Scaroni’s Bloomsday times have improved each of the nine years she has competed in the women’s open wheelchair race. Scaroni, 21, reached her peak Sunday when she became the …


  • Assefa pulls away for first Bloomsday crown

    It was champions’ day at Bloomsday, an elite men’s field full of past winners ready to repeat the feat. But darkhorse Belete Assefa and newcomer Emmanuel Bett left them all …


  • Bloomsday results

    MEN Washington Division—1, Joseph Gray, Renton, 37:34. 2, Paul Limpf, Cheney, 37:50. 3, Uli Steidl, Seattle, 38:16. 4, Evan Sims, Spokane Valley, 39:14. 5, Phil Olson, Mountlake Terrace, 39:15. 6, …


  • More than 47,000 soak up Bloomsday experience

    With added security across the 7.5-mile Spokane Bloomsday course, runners and walkers cruised through a warm and uneventful race marked mostly by dozens of runners being treated for dehydration. Concern …


  • Race filled with big, small moments

    Seventy-eight-year-old Dora Saw, of Spokane, ran her second Bloomsday race Sunday with the help of two wooden canes. She moved faster than just walking, so “ran” is apt. Her husband, …


  • Doomsday Hill gives separation for Deba

    Doomsday Hill allowed Buzunesh Deba to transform the 37th Bloomsday from a two-woman race into a one-woman race. Deba, a 25-year-old Ethiopian based in The Bronx, New York, broke away …


  • Blue skies for Bloomsday 2013

    Bloomsday 2013 started and proceeded with clocklike efficiency Sunday, with blue skies and temperatures as warm as many Bloomies can remember at race time. Following last month’s bombing at the …


  • Deba wins women’s elite race at Bloomsday

    Doomsday Hill allowed Buzunesh Deba to transform the 37th Bloomsday from a two-woman race into a one-woman race.

Schedule

Check-in/registration
May 2, 11:30 a.m.

Exhibit Hall A, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 8 p.m.

Bloomsday Trade Show
May 2, 11:30 a.m.

Exhibit Halls B&C, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 8 p.m.

Bloomsday Trade Show
May 3, 9 a.m.

Exhibit Halls B&C, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 6:30 p.m.

Check-in/registration
May 3, 9 a.m.

Exhibit Hall A, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 6:30 p.m.

STA shuttle buses board
May 4, 6:30 a.m.

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

Bike corral
May 4, 7:30 a.m.

Free bike lockup area in Riverfront Park. The Bike Corral is located in the Central Meadow, across from the old YMCA.

Worship service
May 4, 8 a.m.

Floating stage

Wheelchair Prolog
May 4, 8:30 a.m.

Kardong Bridge

Race start
May 4, 9 a.m.

Riverside Avenue east of Lincoln street

STA return shuttles
May 4, 10:30 a.m.

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

Elite and wheelchair awards
May 4, noon

Riverfront Park

Course closes
May 4, 1:30 p.m.

According to the Bloomsday folks, the course closes at 1:30 p.m., or when the sweep vehicle passes, whichever comes first.