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  • 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 …


  • Bloomsday buddies

    Competing in the unofficial wheelchair division – in the back with the strollers – Donna Husick and Gail Ableman probably will not win Bloomsday on Sunday. But when they finish, …


  • 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 …


  • Bloomsday directors plan extra security measures

    Lilac Bloomsday Association directors say they’ll require runners and walkers to show their official race tags before lining up for the start of this year’s run. It’s one of the …


  • Bloomsday security tightened in wake of Boston Marathon bombs

    Lilac Bloomsday Association directors say they’ll require runners and walkers to show their official race tags before lining up for the start of this year’s run. Bloomsday, which occurs on …


  • Bloomsday entries due by midnight

    Those planning to mail in Bloomsday entries must have forms in the mail by midnight tonight. Entries remain $17. Online entrants can use www.bloomsdayrun.org until April 21. Starting April 22, …


  • 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 …


  • Personal and Bloomsday trainer keeps individuals in shape

    Some of life’s journeys require more preparation than others. If your destination is Bloomsday’s finish line on May 5, it’s time to start preparing. Just slide into comfortable shoes and …


  • Stay the course

    The post-Bloomsday glow is sweet, lending its aura of accomplishment and fitness over all who slip on their hard-won T-shirts. Bad news: The glow dims. Some runners and walkers who’d …


  • 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 …


  • Bloomsday at last!

    More than 50,000 Bloomies enjoyed sunny skies at the start of Spokane’s annual celebration of spring and fitness. Read more.


  • 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, …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Gear Junkie tries out Altra Running’s Lone Peak trail shoe

    After finishing the 12K Bloomsday road race today in Spokane, perhaps 40,000 or more runners will be looking for a bit of solitude and fresh air – both of which …


  • 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 …


  • Religion Notebook: Gathering to observe day of prayer

    • Life Center, 1202 N. Government Way, will observe the National Day of Prayer today at noon. Members will gather to pray for the church, community and nation. This year’s …


  • 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 …


  • Bloomie figures easy will do it again

    When Steve Ellis puts on his running shoes Sunday morning, he’s headed out for his 20th Bloomsday race. For the past couple of weeks, the South Hill hairstylist has displayed …


  • Cool Bloomsday start expected with chance of showers

    The annual tradition of Bloomsday is this Sunday. Each year, thousands of runners participate in the event that started on May 1, 1977. It was first billed as “Run With …


  • Defending Bloomsday champ Mekonnin returns

    It may be hard to beat the excitement of the elite races at last year’s Bloomsday.


  • Bloomsday skies to be partly cloudy, likely dry

    The National Weather Service is forecasting a Bloomsday not unlike many of them in past years - cool and cloudy.


  • 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 announces tech advances

    Changes to the 36th annual Bloomsday race are mostly high-tech; identification chips will now be attached to racers’ numbered bibs, rather than laced into their shoes; each bib will include …


  • Warden’s Bloomsday streak ends at 34 years

    The 12-kilometer Bloomsday 2011 run is history and so is Ginny Warden’s 34-year streak as a finisher. “It had to end sometime, and 91 seemed like the right age to …


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