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Bloomsday 2016

Coverage of the 40th Lilac Bloomsday Run.



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  • Chepkurui defends title, sets world record

    The quick feet of Lineth Chepkurui, Emily Chebet-Muge and Mamitu Daska beat a rhythmic click on the pavement up Cemetery Hill as they broke open the women’s race of the …


  • Race gets help from radio club to keep color groups moving

    For the second straight year, Bloomsday organizers got logistical help from the Spokane amateur radio operators club. Using radio frequencies, club volunteers beamed live video from the Marne Bridge back …


  • Olympic gold medalist won over by race

    There isn’t much Joan Samuelson hasn’t seen as a runner, and that includes Bloomsday, but the 1984 Olympic gold medal marathoner admitted she was a little awestruck Sunday morning. “Hey, …


  • Kirui wins first try at Bloomsday

    Peter Kirui had a simple strategy Sunday morning for the 34th Lilac Bloomsday Run: Follow the lead truck. The 22-year-old Kenyan, running the 12-kilometer course sight unseen, pulled away from …


  • 50,661 Bloomies cross finish line

    Some elite runners made good money during Sunday’s brisk Bloomsday run in downtown Spokane. And dozens of Corporate Cup runners went home with a trophy. For others, the 34th Lilac …


  • Arizona student wins men’s open wheelchair after dropping 40 pounds

    Jordan Bird finished eighth last year in the men’s open wheelchair at the Lilac Bloomsday race. He figured if he was going to challenge for a championship, he needed to …


  • First-time Bloomie wins elite men’s field

    First-time Bloomie Peter Kirui, from Kenya, wins the elite men’s field. Lineth Chepkurui, from Kenya, is is the elite women’s champ for the third year in a row. Jordan Bird, …


  • Trade show attracts Bloomies ahead of race

    Bloomsday Sunday is for racing. Trade show Friday is for eating, shopping and massages.


  • Sun expected for Bloomsday fun run

    The sun is expected to shine on the Bloomsday fun run, but other than that the forecast is all clouds and a chance of showers.


  • Older competitors strive for edge on race day

    With three days to go until Sunday’s big race, Bloomsday runners are loading up on carbohydrates to prepare for the 7.46-mile trek. But one group of runners is probably just …


  • Chebet-Muge ups ante in women’s race

    Bloomsday spectators bent on drama have been well-served gravitating toward the men’s race. After all, four in the last decade have been decided by a second or less. This year, …


  • Mail-in Bloomsday entries due today

    Bloomsday registration deadlines are approaching for those who want to take advantage of the best rate for the 34th run, which is scheduled for May 2.


  • Deadlines are this week for Bloomsday registration

    Bloomsday registration deadlines are this week for those who want to take advantage of the best rate. The 34th Lilac Bloomsday run is scheduled for May 2.


  • Hoopfest, Bloomsday come together

    Bloomsday and Hoopfest are joining forces. For the first time, teams can compete in both events this year to win the first Bloomsday-Hoopfest Team Championship.


  • Bloomfest, a combined championship

    Bloomsday and Hoopfest are joining forces. For the first time, teams can compete in both events this year to win the first Bloomsday-Hoopfest Team Championship.


  • I’m being benched; come join the celebrations

    Boy, I’m feeling out of gas. I guess it’s because I’m getting older. But it now takes me a day or two to fully recover from sitting out Bloomsday.


  • Making it look easy

    Prior to pre-race favorite Ridouane Harroufi’s decision to pull his name from the list of competitors in the 2009 Lilac Bloomsday Run, there was much talk about the Moroccan distance …


  • They claim the color of shame

    Alex Stewart, 14, will be doing Bloomsday today with his face painted green. He’ll hand out green “Empower” wrist bands and spread this message: Kids with mental health issues never …


  • Getting greener

    When 50,000 runners and walkers reach for water during Bloomsday, they leave quite a few paper cups behind. In previous years, cleanup crews have swiftly removed the trampled cups as …


  • Bloomsday facts: Today and beyond

    Number pick-up: Race numbers can be picked up at the trade show today from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The show is in the Group Health Exhibit Hall at the …

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.