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Bloomsday 2016

Coverage of the 40th Lilac Bloomsday Run.



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  • 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.


  • 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 …

Schedule

Bloomsday Trade Show
Apr 29, 11:30 a.m.

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

Check-in/registration
Apr 29, 11:30 a.m.

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

Wheelchair Prolog
Apr 30, 8:30 a.m.

Kardong Bridge.

Bloomsday Trade Show
Apr 30, 9 a.m.

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

Check-in/registration
Apr 30, 9 a.m.

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

Out-Of-Town Check-In Only
May 1, 6:30 a.m.

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

Worship Service
May 1, 8 a.m.

Floating stage.

Race start
May 1, 9 a.m. Elite & Wheelchair Awards
May 1, noon

Riverfront Park

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

Until 4 p.m.

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