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Free Bloomsday training clinics to be offered by Providence and Group Health beginning March 14

Free Bloomsday training clinics to be offered by Providence and Group Health beginning March 14

 

For those who plan to participate in Bloomsday, but still have some training to do, Providence Health and Services and Group Health are teaming up to offer offer free trailing clinics. These clinics will  provide a medically-sound, gradual conditioning and training programs each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Spokane Falls Community College beginning March 14th.

 

Whether individuals plan to walk, jog, or run the Bloomsday course, these clinics are tailored to all race participants. Each clinic will feature expert information, a warm-up routine, and a training course especially designed to mazimize each participant's preparation.

 

Training routes will start at one mile, and increase by one mile per week. Medical assistance will also be available during the training, and water stations will be placed along the routes. On site volunteers will be there to assist participants until the last person finishes.

 

Bloomsday organizers seeking on-course performers for race day

Bloomsday organizers seeking on-course performers for race day

 

Bloomsday organizers are looking for talent in Spokane and the surrounding communities to provide entertainment along the 7.46 mile course on race day. All forms of entertainment are welcome to apply from bands, solo artists, to dancers. The previous deadline of March 4th has now been extended to March 25th to ensure that everyone has the chance to register to be a part of the fun on Sunday, May 3rd.

 

“Having entertainment on the course is great fun for everyone” said Course Entertainment Director Dori Whitford. “It allows those participating in the run to enjoy roadside entertainment, while also shining a spotlight on the talented performers we get each year.”

 

Bloomsday participants will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite performers with the top three winning prize money of $500, $300, and $200. Winners will be determined by entrants who log on the the Bloomsday website and vote after the race.

 

Bloomsday 2015 registration is now open

Bloomsday 2015 registration is now open

There are four months until the 39th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run, and to help fortify New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, early bird registration for Bloomsday is now open at www.bloomsdayrun.org. Those who sign up by February 8th will have a chance to win one of three Apple iPad mini 3 tablets courtesy of Strong Solutions—an Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider at 1718 E Sprague Ave.

“Although it is cold and a bit daunting to venture outside at times, the days are getting longer and in a little more than a month’s time the first buttercups will rise, as will the legions of normal folk like you and me getting ready for the challenge and thrill of Bloomsday ,” said Lilac Bloomsday Association President Steven Jones. “Use your early Bloomsday registration to provide the incentive to get up and move toward a fitter you in 2015. Sign up now and get ready to join 50,000 of your friends and neighbors in our annual moving celebration of life and community. Of course, winning one of three Apple iPad mini 3 tablets would be pretty awesome too.”

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Today, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) announced that Spokane has been named its 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community. The RRCA said that Spokane's amazing credentials, and ability to meet the award's criteria made it the clear choice for this award.

Bloomsday founder Don Kardong to be awarded King Cole Award by Leadership Spokane

Bloomsday founder Don Kardong to be awarded King Cole Award by Leadership Spokane

Leadership Spokane announced they have selected Don Kardong, founder of Bloomsday, as the third recipient of their King Cole Award. The award will be presented Friday, January 30, during the organization's Leadership Lights the Way Gala at Northern Quest Casino.

Bloomsday brings in millions with more to come

Bloomsday brings in millions with more to come

While many are still recovering from Bloomsday, Spokane businesses are still cashing in. Many are gearing up for a big payoff in the years to come.

This past weekend, hotels like the Red Lion Inn at the Park were completely booked.

"We were sold out, and quite a bit in advance. It was just a tremendous weekend," said General Manager Michael Fear.

The Onion Restaurant downtown was packed as well.

"It never stopped. It was quite a bit busier, I think, even than last year," said Jacky Roberg.

It was busier than last year, and more profitable. According to estimates from Visit Spokane, Bloomsday brought in about $1.6 million more this year than last year. A key factor was more hotel rooms were booked.

Everyone is looking forward to Hoopfest.

"Bloomsday will slow down about three o'clock. Hoopfest on the Saturday and Sunday stay busy all the way until eight or nine at night," Roberg said.

Projected numbers from Visit Spokane, show Hoopfest could net $38.7 million for the local economy.

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Tom Curalli defines what it means to be a Bloomie.

"Today is a big day, it's my 35th Bloomsday," said Curalli.

Curalli said he would never miss a Bloomsday. He loves how the race brings the community and families together. The theme of togetherness inspired him to make this day about the most important person in his life.

"I'm going to propose to my girlfriend at the finish line in front of a lot of a lot of people," said Curalli.

Curalli has prepared for the big day since February. He chose not to share the plan with anyone, and the anticipation was starting to get the best of him.

"I'm pretty excited, a little nervous, had a bit of trouble sleeping last night,"said Curalli.

The couple have been dating for about a year, but have been close friends for nearly six.