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UPDATED: Sun., July 14, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Spokane-area Olympians to talk about their experiences

Four Olympians from the Spokane area will reflect on their experiences at the world’s highest level of competition as part of a panel discussion Tuesday evening at the Downtown Spokane …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 11:03 a.m.

Front & Center: Bloomsday founder in the final mile of the race

Don Kardong talks about success, failure and why some people still call him “Dingy.”


Jon Neill ready to replace mentor Don Kardong as Bloomsday race director

Sitting alongside his grandmother on a South Hill bluff in the spring of 1988, Jon Neill looked on in wonderment at the throngs of number-clad bodies running in the streets.


John Blanchette: For 43 years, Bloomsday’s Don Kardong has been Spokane’s Running Man

Don Kardong found his calling when he founded something Spokane could call its own – Bloomsday.


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

Bloomsday founder scoops favorite flavors

A local ice cream shop has sweetened retirement for Bloomsday founder and race director Don Kardong with an honorary flavor pairing his favorites — huckleberries and chocolate.


Bloomsday founder Don Kardong honored with Darkness and Chaos ice cream

Darkness and Chaos, a huckleberry chocolate swirl ice cream, is available now at Sweet Peaks’ Spokane location and will be available through May.


Kardong, Walt and Karen Worthy to be honored at Downtown Spokane Partnership’s annual meeting

Don Kardong and Walt and Karen Worthy will be honored Thursday for their civic contributions at the Downtown Spokane Partnership’s annual meeting.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Bloomsday founder Don Kardong to retire leaving legacy of community involvement

Bloomsday 2019 will be the last for Don Kardong as race director. Kardong, who founded the event in 1977 and has participated in every race since, will retire following the …


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Number of Bloomsday finishers shrinks for seventh straight year, lowest since 1985

Preliminary estimates showed 38,187 people crossed the Bloomsday finish line on Sunday, marking the seventh straight year that participation has declined. That figure, which is subject to change because of …


UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

Bloomsday 2018: Diane Nukuri sees bigger perspective running through Spokane

Let’s get the first thing out of the way: Diane Nukuri is here to win.


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.


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.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Organizers preview changes, charity partner ahead of 41st Bloomsday race

A year after Bloomsday celebrated its 40-year milestone, the popular event is bracing for a new development: For the first time in its history, the event’s post-race activities will not …


Bloomsday organizers investigating T-shirt shortage, offer online orders through Friday

Some Bloomsday participants went home shirtless Sunday due to a shortage of finisher T-shirts. Race Director Don Kardong said organizers are investigating the issue, and affected participants can order a …


Perennials take on original course before 40th Bloomsday

They’ve covered enough ground over the past four decades to reach Seattle. Martin Kittredge of Spokane Valley brought that calculation to Sunday’s reunion of Bloomsday Perennials – those men and …


Better T-shirts, new app, celebratory run for Perennials coming for 40th Bloomsday

In 1977, 1,198 people finished the first Bloomsday in Spokane. Ninety-two liked it enough to run the next 38.


Bloomsday, boomers are made for each other

Bloomsday would seem to be the perfect fit for the baby boom generation that prides itself on staying fit, playing outdoors and socializing with friends. Age isn’t slowing these “senior” …


Abortion protest prompts Bloomsday complaints

Bloomsday organizers are struggling to come up with what they could have done differently after dozens of runners on Sunday complained about an anti-abortion protest along the route. Race director …


Race filled with big, small moments

Seventy-eight-year-old Dora Saw, of Spokane, ran her second Bloomsday race Sunday with the help of two wooden canes. She moved faster than just walking, so “ran” is apt. Her husband, …


Scaroni first area women’s wheelchair winner

Susannah Scaroni’s Bloomsday times have improved each of the nine years she has competed in the women’s open wheelchair race. Scaroni, 21, reached her peak Sunday when she became the …


Bloomsday results

MEN Washington Division—1, Joseph Gray, Renton, 37:34. 2, Paul Limpf, Cheney, 37:50. 3, Uli Steidl, Seattle, 38:16. 4, Evan Sims, Spokane Valley, 39:14. 5, Phil Olson, Mountlake Terrace, 39:15. 6, …


Assefa pulls away for first Bloomsday crown

It was champions’ day at Bloomsday, an elite men’s field full of past winners ready to repeat the feat. But darkhorse Belete Assefa and newcomer Emmanuel Bett left them all …


More than 47,000 soak up Bloomsday experience

With added security across the 7.5-mile Spokane Bloomsday course, runners and walkers cruised through a warm and uneventful race marked mostly by dozens of runners being treated for dehydration. Concern …


Doomsday Hill gives separation for Deba

Doomsday Hill allowed Buzunesh Deba to transform the 37th Bloomsday from a two-woman race into a one-woman race. Deba, a 25-year-old Ethiopian based in The Bronx, New York, broke away …


Lilac Bloomsday Association moves into new building

Nearing age 37, Bloomsday is getting more organized. Since forming as a nonprofit to produce the annual Spokane race, the Lilac Bloomsday Association has needed at least two buildings to …


Bloomsday 2012: An uplifting day for nearly 48,000

It happens a lot: Crummy weather turns into beautiful skies on Bloomsday. Spokane’s annual salute to spring and fitness ran true to script Sunday. Nearly 48,000 people finished the 36th …


Local features: Team St. Luke’s has 4 in ParaPanAm Games

Four Team St. Luke’s athletes, Chelsea McClammer, 17; Amberlynn Weber, 17; Bob Hunt, 21; and Kristen Messer, 24, are in Guadalajara, Mexico, to compete in the 2011 ParaPanAm Games that …


Runners Soul continues to grow as owner caters to clientele

Curt Kinghorn is Spokane’s running retailer. After buying The Human Race from Bloomsday founder Don Kardong in 1986, he opened Runners Soul downtown in 1999. While taking a break at …


Vitamin D fuels Bloomsday masses

A clear, blue sky appeared from out of the blue Sunday, giving nearly 57,000 people crowded into downtown Spokane for the 35th annual Bloomsday race another reason to cheer. For …


Sharing the road: Pair get hitched at race’s start

Karen Fall and Michael Smith love each other. They also love Bloomsday.