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  • Full Bloomsday 2018 coverage from SWX

    SWX will be your home for Bloomsday this Sunday at 7 AM. Get ready for the 42nd edition of Spokane's favorite run with a series of previews from SWX Tonight.
  • Thousands participate in Bloomsday 2017

    KHQ and SWX were once again proud to be your home for all things Bloomsday 2017. Try to find yourself crossing the finish line in the videos above!

  • BLOOMSDAY 2017: Finisher shirts from 1977-2017

    SPOKANE, Wash. - With the 41st running of Spokane's Bloomsday this weekend, we are taking a look back at the coveted reward for all of those who've ever finished the race. The Bloomsday Finisher shirt.

  • Ryun was 1st high school runner to break four-minute mile

    Legendary Jim Ryun to be Bloomsday's official starter

    Spokane, WA—The man who many consider the greatest miler of all time will be in Spokane on Bloomsday weekend to share the story of his world record and help start the Bloomsday crowd on Sunday. Jim Ryun, the first high school runner to break the legendary four-minute barrier, and who later set the world record of 3:51.3 (later lowered to 3:51.1)

  • Diriba and Daska Expected to Battle at 41st Bloomsday

    Two fastest women in world set sights on Bloomsday victory

    Spokane, Washington—Two of the fastest women on the planet, Ethiopians Buze Diriba and Mamitu Daska, are expected to battle for the win this weekend in the 41st running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run. The men’s race, meanwhile, will feature all of last year’s top five finishers, including champion Philip Langat of Kenya,

  • Bloomsday needs volunteers!

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If the thought of running Bloomsday doesn't appeal to you, but you still want to be part of Spokane's biggest race, then here's your chance!  Bloomsday organizers are looking for volunteers to pass out H2O at water stations, provide first aid at the Marmot March (no marmot experience necessary), and hand out t-shirts to finishers.

  • Bloomsday 2017: What's new this year?

    SPOKANE, Wash. - We're about two months away from Spokane's most famous run!  The 41st Bloomsday takes place on May 7, 2017 and on Tuesday, race organizers outlined what's new for runners this year.  

  • Bloomsday 2017 registration is now OPEN; Register early and you could win an Apple Watch or GoPro!

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Thinking about getting into running this year? Just looking to set a PR on Spokane's most famous race course? Well, registration for Bloomsday 2017 is now open, and if you get in early enough, you could win some pretty cool prizes!  Will all of the snow on the ground, it's hard to imagine running 7 1/2 miles on a perfect Spokane Spring day, but there are just about four months to go before Bloomsday.

  • PHOTOS: Bloomsday 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Bloomsday 2016 has come and gone, but you can still relive the excitement in this brand new, massive slideshow! We asked our photographer Reed Schmitt to pick a spot along the course and snap off a few photos. 

  • Cynthia Limo set a new Bloomsday course record in the Women's Elite Division finishing with a time of 38:03.7

    Bloomsday 2016: Langat Wins Men's Elite, Limo Sets Women's Course Record

    Men's Elite Division Bloomsday rookie Eliud Ngetich learned that it's not how you start, but how you finish at Bloomsday.

  • 92-year-old man runs 40th Bloomsday race

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Some might think Bloomsday is a young person's race, but one 92-year-old man proves them wrong. Warren Heylman has had the same Bloomsday spirit for the past 40 years. He’s participated in all the races and loves coming back. “Just to see my friends and because I love to run. Only I'm not running these days. I'm walking,” Warren says with a smile.

  • Smile Cam Finishers: 40th annual Bloomsday run in Spokane

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Bloomsday 2016 is in the books. Did you run the race this year? Check out our smile cam finish line footage and see if you can find yourself between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

  • PHOTOS: 40th annual Bloomsday Run in Spokane

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Look back at some of the selfies, runners and celebration from the 40th year of the event. Click through the photos above. 40 years and still going strong for Bloomsday 2016. Now the countdown begins to #Bloomsday 2017.

  • BLOOMSDAY Fun Facts

    SPOKANE, Wash. - We are preparing for the 40th running of Spokane's most anticipated race this Sunday: Bloomsday!  If you're looking for a little bit of history, or perhaps wondering what you should wear for race day, take a look at some random bits of Bloomsday trivia in the slideshow above!  

  • Runners overcome personal obstacles to compete in Bloomsday race

    SPOKANE - On Sunday thousands will gather in Spokane to participate in the 40th annual Bloomsday race.  The event draws all kinds of people, but for some there are different obstacles they have to overcome besides the course itself.

  • Boy running Bloomsday race in honor of friend with cerebral palsy

    SPOKANE - Having friends is like having backup, and Jessica Bellefeuille is seeing that first hand. Her friend, Shean Hodge, is making sure she’s not left out of Bloomsday this year.

  • Want to make $1000? Design the 2016 Bloomsday shirt!

    SPOKANE, Wash. Do you want to contribute to one of Spokane's most famous events and take your rightful place in Spokane history and have your art immortalized on a t-shirt until the end of time like Steve Kutsch, Randy Beers, and Brian Henderson? The Lilac Bloomsday Association, in cooperation with The Inlander, is now accepting designs for the 2016 finisher T-shirt.
  • Honoring The Life And Legacy Of Chris Hammers

    When Chris Hammers died in a motorcycle accident two years ago there was a massive hole for his family, but then a connection through the Spokane tradition of Bloomsday proved to them that Chris' life was meaningful beyond his death.
  • PHOTOS: Faces Of Bloomsday 2015

    With Bloomsday 2015 in the books we take a look at some of the lovely faces who participated in the 39th running of Spokane's 12K extravaganza.
  • Watch Yourself Cross The Bloomsday Finish Line!

    Just like years past, you will be able to watch yourself cross the Bloomsday finish line here on We will be recording our live stream and displaying the footage in 30-minute increments in the video gallery on this page. Make sure you stand out in the crowd and make a grand finish!
  • Chris Keister is on a journey to change his life and Bloomsday is a big step on his road.

    Freedom From 499: Bloomsday Update

    Over the weekend we brought you the story of Chris Keister, a local man who has lost more than 70 pounds in the last few months. On Sunday, he tackled one of the biggest challenges so far on his weight loss journey: Bloomsday 2015.
  • Limo Continues Torrid Stretch With First Bloomsday Win

    Cynthia Limo held of two challengers down the final stretch to win the Bloomsday Elite Female title in her first attempt on Sunday. The 25-year-old Kenyan finished out sprinted Ruti Aga of Ethiopia and fellow country-woman Jane Kibii in the final 100 feet...
  • Expected Faces Win Bloomsday Wheelchair Elites

    Reigning Bloomsday champion Josh George maintained his crown and 11-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden earned her first Bloomsday Elite women's wheelchair title in her first attempt.
  • Rutto Beats Kiprono Down The Stretch For First Bloomsday Win

    Lani Kiplagat Rutto pulled away from his training partner and best friend Allan Kiprono down the stretch to win his first career Bloomsday race.
  • PHOTOS: Bloomsday 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The image of 60,000+ people running through Spokane never gets old, so we want to see your pictures!We've added a few from our crews as they went live from various points throughout the course, but now we want to see yours! Share them with us on social media using the hashtag #KHQBloomsday. You can also email them to or just post them on our Facebook pages!
  • Getting To Know The Vulture Of Doomsday Hill

    There are many traditions a part of Bloomsday, like the great shirts, but none are as entertaining as the Bloomsday Vulture of Doomsday Hill.
  • Bloomsday Story: Freedom From 499

    Bloomsday welcomes everyone from the world's best road racers to babies in strollers being pushed by their parents up Doomsday Hill. But for one local man it offers a chance to save his life.
  • Spokane County Firefighter Running Bloomsday In Full Gear

    SPOKANE, Wash. - With the Lilac Bloomsday Run on Sunday, many runners are prepared to do whatever it takes to get a fast time. But 22-year-old Anastasia Black is not. Her goal on Sunday is not to beat the clock but to raise awareness.Black has been a firefighter with Spokane County Fire District 3 since August 2014. 
  • Bloomsday 2015: Course Entertainment

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Running 7 + miles can be hard! So let's say you're running Bloomsday and your headphones break on you. What do you do? Well, luckily the organizers of the race have set up plenty of entertainment to be available all along the course! Here's the list of this year's entertainment and where you can find them along the course! 
  • Bloomsday 2015: Road Closures, Parking and Bus Routes

    SPOKANE, Wash. - With tens of thousands of people converging on downtown Spokane this weekend for Bloomsday, we wanted to make sure you know about all the road closures you may run into. Check out this story to get all you need to know about road closures and bus information.
  • Bloomsday 2015: Starting Areas and Course Map

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Bloomsday 2015 weekend is here and if you're running the race, there's a lot of stuff you're preparing for, and wondering about when and where to start, on top of what to expect from the course, shouldn't be on your mind. Running a solid race should be first and foremost.
  • 2015 Bloomsday Elite Preview

    The 2015 Bloomsday Elite fields were announced on Thursday as the festivities begin to take over the Lilac City before the race on Sunday morning live on SWX and KHQ starting at 8 a.m. PT. A few familiar faces rolled into town in all three Elite heats...
  • WATCH: Bloomsday Press Conference

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Thursday at 11:00 a.m., the organizers of Bloomsday are holding a press conference to announce the Elite Athlete field and Elite Wheelchair field. The conference will be streamed live right here on Bloomsday is this Sunday, May 3, 2015.For more information check out our special Bloomsday section.
  • PHOTOS: Bloomsday Finisher Shirts Through The Years

    With the 39th running of Spokane's Bloomsday run just under a week away we take a look back at the coveted reward for all of those who've ever finished the race. The Bloomsday Finisher shirt. Check out photos of every Bloomsday finishers shirt in the slideshow below!
  • Bloomsday 2015: What will the weather be like?

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Friday Night - a weak cold front moves through the region overnight. This will bring breezy winds and cooler temperatures overnight. Expect partly cloudy skies and lows into the low 40's.Saturday - Slightly cooler than Friday but skies clear out to mostly sunny skies during the day. 
  • Bloomsday Memories

    With Bloomsday 2014 this Sunday, May 4, SWX's Sam Adams visited with some of the local and long tenured participants of the event to give everyone a deeper understanding of what this race really means to the people of the region.