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UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Paul Turner: What do the party poopers do on Hoopfest weekend?

So do we need to have some sort of special gathering just for these abstainers? “No, Thanks-fest”? Perhaps not. That might be missing the point of their decision to opt …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 6:48 a.m.

Hoopfest agrees to stay in Spokane after city officials tentatively agree to pay 65% of security costs

The city of Spokane is planning to cover 65% of Hoopfest’s public safety costs over concerns the famed 3-on-3 basketball tournament could leave downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Bloomsday attendance dip follows national trend

As marathon participation drops across the country, Bloomsday saw its lowest participation in decades, with about 35,000 people crossing the finish line Sunday.


Grip on Sports: Remember that one time, at Bloomsday, when the vulture almost won?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s been years since I participated in Bloomsday. Notice, the word “run” wasn’t my verb of choice. There is a reason for that. I only …


UPDATED: Sun., May 5, 2019, 7:51 p.m.

Bloomsday 2019: Susannah Scaroni sets course record in women’s wheelchair race

Susannah Scaroni, the 28-year-old U.S. paralympian from Tekoa, Washington, set a course record in the women’s wheelchair division of 29:58, breaking Tatyana McFadden’s 2015 time of 30:42.


UPDATED: Sun., May 5, 2019, 8:09 p.m.

Bloomsday 2019: Gabriel Geay edges Benard Ngeno to capture second elite men’s title

Gabriel Geay proceeded to make his biggest move at the 10k mark and maintained his kick down Monroe Street to edge Benard Ngeno in a thrilling finish to the 2019 …


UPDATED: Sun., May 5, 2019, 8:03 p.m.

Bloomsday 2019: Rosemary Wanjiru doubles lead on Doomsday Hill to capture first title

Rosemary Wanjiru, 24, of Kenya, was the only runner on Monroe Street as she crossed the finish line to win the 43rd annual women’s Lilac Bloomsday Elite 12K Run on …


UPDATED: Sun., May 5, 2019, 11:48 a.m.

Live Blog: Bloomsday 2019

Get all of the highlights from around the Bloomsday 2019 race course here.


UPDATED: Sun., May 5, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

Bloomsday 2019: Gabriel Geay, Rosemary Wanjiru win elite races

Gabriel Geay of Tanzania and Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya won the men’s and women’s elite races at the 2019 Lilac Bloomsday 12K Run on Sunday.


UPDATED: Sun., May 5, 2019, 10:29 p.m.

Bloomies celebrate 43 years of Spokane’s featured road race on a warm May morning

Celebrations of all kinds brought more than 35,000 people to the streets of Spokane on Sunday for Bloomsday’s 43rd running.


Grip on Sports: The Bloomsday run, the Run for the Roses, none of these are as easy as running down the Mariners’ chances

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As thousands of scantily clad folks prepare to make a 7.5-mile run through Spokane this morning, we sit down at our computer for our daily …


Close to his heart: Almost two years after surgery, Steve Lee is ready to jog Bloomsday

It was during a 2017 trip to Butte, a month after he ran the 2017 Bloomsday for the 38th time, that Steve Lee felt off.


Paul Turner: Losing your phone in the woods would be un-bear-able

As you know, today is the unofficial start of portable toilet season in the Inland Northwest.


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.”


Bloomsday 2019 is Sunday: Here’s what Bloomies need to know

Downtown roads will close at 5 a.m., and participants are reminded that backpacks aren’t allowed on the Bloomsday course due to safety concerns. If you’re looking for last-minute registration and …


Further Review: Hit the road

The 43rd running of the annual Lilac Bloomsday Run, a 12-kilometer race through the streets of Spokane and the surrounding area.


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.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

Here’s one way to beat the elite Bloomsday athletes

I knew my mission to beat the Bloomsday sprinters was a long shot, even on a bicycle with 27 gears.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Bloomsday preview: Buze Diriba attempts third straight women’s title; 2017 champ Gabriel Geay tries to retake men’s

The field for the 2019 Elite Lilac Bloomsday Run is as star-packed as ever, with two-time defending women’s champion Buze Diriba and 2017 men’s champion Gabriel Geay wearing the No. …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Runners Soul to close doors after two decades of helping Spokane’s fleet footed

Radio advertisements and employees confirmed that the store that set up shop on Wall Street in 1999 will close this month. For owner Curt Kinghorn, it will be the end …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

Bloomsday forecast is sunny and warm

Runners will be greeted by a warm and sunny Bloomsday weekend this year, with temperatures climbing up to 70 degrees by the end of Sunday.


Sometimes you just have to show up and run

Sometimes you just show up and run. Even those who have just donated a kidney.


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.


Vehicles parked along Bloomsday route must be moved during annual street sweep ahead of race day

Parking for Bloomsday could be an inconvenience on more than just race day.


UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 1:55 p.m.

Jr. Bloomsday relaunch draws full crowd of young runners

Identical 9-year-old twins Carter and Zoe Thompson said one of their main goals in the Jr. Bloomsday run Saturday was to beat the other in the race.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

When it comes to Bloomsday team names, creativity counts

Those are just three of the 29 finalists – out of 350 entries – in a contest that rewards clever minds instead of fast times. The list was announced Wednesday, …


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.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

More than 7,000 have already signed up for Bloomsday 2019

Thousands of people have already signed up for the three Bloomsday runs this year, which will be Bloomsday founder Don Kardong’s last year leading the organization.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Junior Bloomsday returns to Spokane

Children too young or inexperienced to participate in the annual Bloomsday race in Spokane can again participate in the smaller Junior Bloomsday run, which will resume after a two-decade hiatus.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Abandoned house along Bloomsday route burns from suspected transient warming fire

A suspected transient lit a fire in an abandon house along the Bloomsday trail on Thursday. No one was injured.