Coverage of the 40th Lilac Bloomsday Run.
UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 12:38 p.m.
Spokane Swifts band together for the distance
Running has always been in Heather LeFriec’s blood.
UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 12:34 p.m.
Sunday’s favorable forecast attracts fair-weather Bloomies
Sunday’s forecast – a high near 79 degrees, with cloud cover and light winds – brought a surge of last-minute Bloomsday registrants to the Spokane Convention Center on Friday afternoon. …
Fri., May 4, 2018, 8:23 a.m.
Grip on Sports: Ichiro needs to be remembered for what he could do for most of his career, not what he couldn’t do at the end
A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you love puns, and space fantasy movies, today is special. May the fourth be with you. If you love baseball, today is also special. …
Thu., May 3, 2018, 5:09 p.m.
Bloomsday 2018: Defending champs Gabriel Geay, Buze Diriba face tough elite field
Eight of the top-10 men and the top three women finishers of the 2017 Lilac Bloomsday 12K run are back to take their chances in the 2018 version on Sunday …
Tue., May 1, 2018, 6 a.m.
Howard Street pedestrian bridge will open in time for Bloomsday
Runners and spectators participating in Bloomsday can expect some Riverfront Park features to open in time for the race.
Mon., April 30, 2018, 3:02 p.m.
Free attended bike parking offered during Bloomsday
The Spokane Bicycle Club will provide free attended bike parking during Bloomsday this year.
Sun., April 22, 2018
Paul Turner: Fitness isn’t everything…right?
For some, especially those who have not trained, this is about when Bloomsday reality starts to sink in.
Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 2:32 p.m.
New for Bloomsday this year: Snapchat filters
Some 8,000 people already have signed up for Spokane’s annual Bloomsday race, which will take place Sunday, May 6.
Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 6 a.m.
Paul Turner: Predawn hours offer proof that running is in our Spokane DNA
Bloomsday may be months away, but every morning the groups of runners setting out on their Spokane routes are worth saluting.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 8:33 p.m.
Early bird Bloomsday registration opens
RUNNING – Looking for some training motivation? Bloomsday has you covered and might even sweeten the deal with a prize. Early registration for the 42nd annual road race opened Tuesday. …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:13 p.m.
Early registration for Bloomsday underway; registrants have chance to win smartphone
Early registration for the 42nd annual Bloomsday Lilac Run is underway, and organizers are encouraging runners to make their fitness resolutions for the new year soon.
Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 8:05 a.m.
Grip on Sports: We have thoughts about the Mariners to the Seahawks … and beyond
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s the middle of the workweek already, which seems like a good time to bounce from thought to thought for a while. Read on.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Vegas shooting raises security angst level for Spokane venue operators
The mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas has prompted continued angst and attention to security at venues in Spokane – where the same performer who was …
Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Grip on Sports: It may be the calm before the storm, but the storm is well over the horizon
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Quiet doesn’t begin to describe this time of year. Graveyard-at-midnight might be better. But it’s really more like that moment in your favorite slasher movie …
Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:59 p.m.
Low Bloomsday turnout blamed on this year’s frequent bad weather
The long, cold and wet winter gets the blame for the relatively low number of finishers in this year’s Bloomsday.
Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Grip on Sports: It wasn’t the biggest Bloomsday ever, but does that matter?
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The first weekend in May is a big deal around these parts, right up there with the final weekend of June. This year it was …
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Bloomsday veterans Josh George, Susannah Scaroni are wheelchair victors
The 41st Bloomsday was the culmination of a strenuous stretch for elite wheelchair athlete Josh George.
Sun., May 7, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
Buze Diriba edges fellow Ethiopian Mamitu Daska in women’s elite Bloomsday race
Buze Diriba had one last sprint left in her. With the finish line just at the bottom of the hill on Monroe Street and Mamitu Daska only a half-step in …
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 10:25 p.m.
The music of Bloomsday: Along the course, bands compete to spur runners on
This may not be Philadelphia and you may not feel like Sylvester Stallone in his fighting prime when you make the second-to-last turn in Bloomsday on to Broadway Avenue. But …
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Gabriel Geay wins Bloomsday elite men’s title 2 days after racing in California
Tanzanian Gabriel Geay had never heard of Bloomsday until this week. Now Geay is a Bloomsday winner.
Tue., 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 …
Mon., May 6, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
It’s a (near-perfect) morning in May
A GRIP ON SPORTS As I looked out my window today, all I could think of were the lyrics to a Three Dog Night song. Isn’t that sad? Read on.
Wed., May 1, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
It seems to be a popular assumption
Maybe you have noticed this. Someone asks if you are doing Bloomsday. You answer that you are not. And the person to whom you are speaking leaps to the assumption …
Wed., May 1, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
May is the beginning of the best stretch
A GRIP ON SPORTS It is the first of May. The fifth month of 2013. The beginning of the best time of year. Read on.
Fri., April 26, 2013, 6 a.m.
If you had to guess
What percentage of people around here, after all these years, still totally don’t get that the origins of “Bloomsday” are literary, not vernal?
Fri., June 29, 2012, 2:24 p.m.
Governor’s race comes down to Hoopfest vs. Bloomsday
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee will be on the court Saturday at Hoopfest in a team that also includes Democratic state House candidate Marcus Riccelli. Their team, the Evergreen Dream …
Mon., May 7, 2012, 10:08 p.m.
Roskelley edges McKenna among Bloomsday politicians
Among the elected leaders and politicians running for office, it should be no surprise that John Roskelley won the race. Roskelley, a candidate for Spokane County Commission, had the best …
Sun., May 6, 2012, 4 a.m.
Remembering living on the race course
During the first year of our married life, my wife and I lived in a second-floor apartment on Riverside that looked down on the Bloomsday course. On that race day …
Thu., May 3, 2012, 8:11 a.m.
Show of hands, please
Who remembers when the special viewing platform on the back of the Bloomsday media truck came apart near the starting line in 1988, spilling photographers and reporters onto Riverside just …
Wed., May 2, 2012, 12:04 p.m.
This is not the Leo Bloom…
…connected in a roundabout way to Bloomsday. www.filmforager.com Leo (Gene Wilder) is on the right. But you knew that.
Mon., April 30, 2012, 11:38 a.m.
Is there anyone left who doesn’t know…
The story behind the name of Spokane’s event? www.bryantpark.org www.liberateulysses.com
Fri., April 13, 2012, 9:03 a.m.
Moving Bloomsday to a different season
It’ll never happen. But for those who battle springtime allergies and have to take medications to stave off allergy-induced asthma, the race could not come at a worse time of …
Wed., June 15, 2011, 2:34 p.m.
The real Bloomsday: Literary Pub Crawl
Thursday is the real Bloomsday (of the James Joyce variety), which means it’s also the day of Spokane’s annual Limerick Literary Pub Crawl and Traditional Irish Dinner. For $50, you …
Mon., May 2, 2011, 8:48 a.m.
AM: Bloomsday & Bin Laden Reaction
Melanie Jones of Post Falls pours water on the head of her son Grant, 9, at the water station on Broadway at Bloomsday on Sunday. SR stories about Bloomsday winners …
Sun., May 1, 2011, 5 a.m.
Weekend Listening: Soundtrack For Bloomsday
Just do it, the ad taunts. But you can’t. You have the running shoes. You have the legs. But it’s not fun. Bloomsday is hard work. (And it’s getting greener.) …
Fri., April 29, 2011, 3:45 p.m.
Coming up in Sunday Business:
John Stucke reports on Washington state’s new health insurance exchange, which is designed to help upward of 50,000 small businesses attain health insurance for their employees. As with many things …
Tue., April 12, 2011, 9:58 a.m.
Bloomsday jump-starts backpacking season
FITNESS — Even if you’re not a runner, Spokane’s annual Bloomsday run is a great motivation to improve the fitness needed for outdoor pursuits, whether its hiking, hunting, fishing, geocaching …
Sat., June 19, 2010, 6:20 a.m.
Garrison, Joyce’s Bloomsday, & Thou
Most people miss the link between the June 16 Bloomsday, which was coined 88 years ago in the James Joyce novel “Ulysses,” with Spokane’s Bloomsday, which involves 50,000 people running …
Wed., May 6, 2009, 2:14 p.m.
Going for a walk with 45,000 folks
If you saw Mayor Mary Verner on the Bloomsday course and wondered what her time was, don’t bother checking the race site or the newly published tabloid.She’s not in there.Verner …
Sun., May 3, 2009, 7:45 a.m.
Today is the day, folks! Stretch those calves! Double-knot those laces! Got your Powerbar? Good…because today is Bloomsday.So who is running Bloomsday this morning? Ever run in the past? What’s …