Bloomsday winners: Thousands gathered in Downtown Spokane yesterday for the 39th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run. The women's elite crown went to Cynthia Limo of Kenya. It was her first win. And on the men's side, the victory went to Lani Rutto, who finished in 34 minutes and 22 seconds. It was his first win in Spokane as well, making it a Kenyan Sweep of the men's and women's elite titles.
Bloomsday business: The thousands of racers heading to Spokane means millions of dollars for the city's economy. The average runner will bring in about $242. That money goes to things like hotels, travel and vendors. With the cleanup underway in Downtown, vendors are hoping this is a sign of what's to come as the summer event season begins to ramp up. The next big event, Hoopfest, is just 54 days away.