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First-time Bloomie wins elite men’s field

Sun., May 2, 2010, 10:19 a.m.

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, from Tucson, Ariz., is the men’s elite wheelchair champion, Amanda McGrory, of Champaign, Ill., repeated as elite women’s wheelchair champion for the fourth year in a row.

Scenes from the course:

Bloomsday weekend kicks off the summer entertaining season for Sue Thompson. Every year family and friends gather at her Craftsman house in the 800 block of Broadway. She throws a party that starts Friday night and lasts through Monday.

“They call my home the Airbed Hotel.”

She’s lived in the house since 1983 and she said, “I was elated when they changed the Bloomsday route to come past us.”

This year, six guests with their dogs showed up at her house. She serves biscuits and gravy on Sunday morning for breakfast and everyone else brings potluck.

Spokane Valley firefighter Paul Hammersley was filling buckets at a water station with 150 feet of hose from a hydrant. The station, staffed by firefighters, had 10,000 cups of water ready for runners and walkers.

Shortly after 9 a.m. the first wheelchair contestant whizzed by.

“Hey, hey! Go get ‘em kid!” Hammersley called out.

Paulette Jewett brought blankets and coffee to the corner of Broadway and Walnut. She was part of a dozen family and friends who gather at the corner each year to yell for people they know who are in the race.

“We have a big cheering section right before the finish line,” she said. “It keeps ‘em going.”

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