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Bloomsday 2015

Coverage of the 39th Lilac Bloomsday Run.

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  • Ethiopians sweep Bloomsday titles

    Ethiopians Belete Assefa and Buzunesh Deba captured Elite titles at Bloomsday on Sunday.

  • Wildrose Graphics counts Bloomsday shirts as best-kept secrets

    Sherie Hackney can keep a secret. So can her employees.

  • Still time to be a Bloomie

    It isn’t too late for prospective Bloomsday runners to get in on Sunday’s event, which is expected to draw 51,000 participants. Late registrations, with a $35 entry fee, are being …

  • Illness keeps grandmother from being Bloomsday celebrity starter

    When Lucille Olin turned 80, her doctor advised her to stop running. She obliged, making that year her last Bloomsday run.

  • Bloomsday security fine-tuned by Spokane police

    Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said runners and spectators can expect heightened security the moment they board a bus to downtown Spokane on Sunday during the 37th Lilac Bloomsday Run. …

  • Past champions return for Bloomsday

    When Jon Neill spoke Tuesday morning about the stars aligning, he meant it in a figurative and literal sense. Neill, Bloomsday’s elite athlete coordinator, is so pleased with the elite …

  • Getting There: Bike Swap brings big bucks for Centennial Trail

    The second-annual Spokane Bike Swap held earlier this month at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center looks like it’s the kind of grass-roots event that’s going to become a …

  • Bicycle club offering free bike corral for Bloomsday

    The Spokane Bicycle Club is offering a free bike corral for Bloomsday participants. The secure, attended corral will accept bikes in Riverfront Park from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., a …

  • Getting There: Farwell, Bruce roads to close for summer projects

    Two well-traveled routes in northeast Spokane County will be closed to traffic this construction season for major work. Farwell Road from the North Spokane Corridor to Market Street is being …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • 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 Trade Show
May 1, 11:30 a.m.

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

May 1, 11:30 a.m.

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

Wheelchair Prolog
May 2, 8:30 a.m.

Kardong Bridge

May 2, 9 a.m.

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

Bloomsday Trade Show
May 2, 9 a.m.

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

Out-Of-Town Check-In Only
May 3, 6:30 a.m.

Exhibit Hall A, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., until 9 a.m.

Race Start
May 3, 9 a.m. Elite & Wheelchair Awards
May 3, noon

Riverfront Park

Post-Race Party
May 3, 1:30 p.m.

Until 4 p.m.

Course Closes
May 3, 1:30 p.m. Worship Service
May 10, 8 a.m.

Floating Stage