Lilac Bloomsday Run

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Lilac Bloomsday Run
Date First Sunday in May
Location Spokane, Washington United States
Event type Road
Distance 7.46 miles (12.01 km)
Established 1977
Official site Lilac Bloomsday Run
Bloomsday 2010 Finish Line, Monroe Street Bridge, Spokane, Washington
Runners head down Fort George Wright Drive during the 2008 Bloomsday race

The Lilac Bloomsday Run, also known as Bloomsday, is an annual timed road race in Spokane, Washington, held on the first Sunday of every May since 1977.[1] The course is 12 km (7.46 mi) long. The course starts in Downtown Spokane and heads northwest along the far west end of town, passes by Mukogowa Ft. Wright Institute and Spokane Falls Community College before heading up "Doomsday Hill" and back downtown to the Spokane County Courthouse. Every finisher of the race receives a Bloomsday t-shirt.

The Lilac Bloomsday Run has had over 40,000 participants every year since 1986. Race participation peaked in 1996 with 61,298 registered participants. The number of registrants in 2008 was 47,528. Lineth Chepkurui set an unofficial 12 km world record in the 2010 women's race.[2][nb 1]

Don Kardong, who founded the Bloomsday race, cites James Joyce's Ulysses as the inspiration for the name Bloomsday.

Results[edit]

Date Winner Men Country Time Winner Women Country Time
2014 Allan Kiprono  Kenya 34 min 11 s Mary Wacera  Kenya 39 min 36 s
2013 Belete Assefa  Ethiopia 34 min 21 s Buzunesh Deba  Ethiopia 39 min 53 s
2012 Allan Kiprono  Kenya 34 min 29 s Mamitu Daska  Ethiopia 38 min 26 s
2011 Simon Ndirangu  Kenya 33 min 58 s Misiker Mekonnen  Ethiopia 40 min 25 s
2010 Peter Kirui  Kenya 34 min 15 s Lineth Chepkurui  Kenya 38 min 10 s
2009 John Yuda  Tanzania 34 min 36 s Lineth Chepkurui  Kenya 38 min 37 s
2008 Micah Kogo  Kenya 33 min 51 s Lineth Chepkurui  Kenya 39 min 47 s
2007 John Korir  Kenya 34 min 18 s Edna Kiplagat  Kenya 38 min 52 s
2006 Gilbert Okari  Kenya 34 min 14 s Isabella Ochichi  Kenya 38 min 38 s
2005 John Korir  Kenya 34 min 16 s Asmae Leghzaoui  Morocco 39 min 33 s
2004 Simon Wangai  Kenya 34 min 59 s Albina Ivanova  Russia 39 min 22 s
2003 John Korir  Kenya 34 min 16 s Lyudmila Biktasheva  Russia 40 min 01 s
2002 James Koskei  Kenya 34 min 25 s Colleen De Reuck  United States 38 min 53 s
2001 Dominic Kirui  Kenya 34 min 30 s Elana Meyer  South Africa 39 min 24 s
2000 Reuben Cheruiyot  Kenya 34 min 10 s Jane Omoro  Kenya 40 min 08 s
1999 Joshua Chelanga  Kenya 34 min 18 s Jane Omoro  Kenya 39 min 37 s
1998 Hezron Otwori  Kenya 34 min 23 s Jane Omoro  Kenya 40 min 14 s
1997 Lazarus Nyakeraka  Kenya 34 min 19 s Kim Jones  United States
 Washington
40 min 34 s
1996 Lazarus Nyakeraka  Kenya 34 min 07 s Colleen De Reuck  South Africa 38 min 48 s
1995 Josphat Machuka  Kenya 33 min 52 s Delillah Asiago  Kenya 38 min 31 s
1994 Josphat Machuka  Kenya 34 min 10 s Olga Appell  United States
 New Mexico
38 min 57 s
1993 Arturo Barrios  Mexico 33 min 55 s Anne Marie Letko  United States
 New Jersey
39 min 19 s
1992 Yobes Ondieki  Kenya 33 min 55 s Lisa Ondieki  Australia 39 min 02 s
1991 Steve Moneghetti  Australia 34 min 52 s Lisa Weidenbach  United States
 Washington
40 min 03 s
1990 Germán Silva  Mexico 34 min 42 s Anne Audain  New Zealand 39 min 40 s
1989 John Halvorsen  Norway 34 min 21 s Lynn Williams  Canada
 Saskatchewan
39 min 30 s
1988 Peter Koech  Kenya 34 min 22 s Anne Audain  New Zealand 39 min 35 s
1987 Steve Binns  United Kingdom 34 min 38 s Lesley Welch  United States
 Massachusetts
39 min 22 s
1986 Jon Sinclair  United States
 Colorado
34 min 25 s Anne Audain  New Zealand 38 min 48 s
1985 Paul Davies-Hale  United Kingdom 34 min 27 s Anne Audain  New Zealand 39 min 20 s
1984 Ibrahim Hussein  Kenya 34 min 33 s Regina Joyce  Ireland 40 min 28 s
1983 Jon Sinclair  United States
 Colorado
34 min 55 s Anne Audain  New Zealand 39 min 29 s
1982 Henry Rono  Kenya 35 min 49 s Anne Audain  New Zealand 40 min 02 s
1981 Duncan McDonald  United States
 California
35 min 34 s Anne Audain  New Zealand 41 min 54 s
1980 Mark Anderson  United States
 Colorado
36 min 22 s Gail Volk  United States
 Washington
46 min 27 s
1979 Ric Rojas  United States
 Colorado
37 min 07 s Cathy Twomey  United States
 Oregon
43 min 56 s
1978 Bill Rodgers  United States
 Massachusetts
37 min 07 s Marty Cooksey  United States
 California
43 min 24 s
1977 Frank Shorter  United States
 Colorado
38 min 26 s Joan Ullyot  United States
 California
53 min 26 s

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The International Association of Athletics Federations, the international governing body for the sport of athletics/track and field, does not recognize world records or world bests in either an indoor or outdoor 12 km.[3] The Association of Road Racing Statisticians does recognize a world record in the outdoor 12 km, however, their record keeping rules state: "A record quality course is defined as having not more than 1 m/km net drop between the start and finish and not more than 30 percent of the race distance separation between that start and finish, e.g. not more than a 3 km separation for a 10 km race [or 3.6 km for a 12 km race]. Records will only be accepted for record quality courses."[4][5] Per ARRS standards, the course for the Lilac Bloomsday Run fulfills these conditions. Although Chepkurui ran a 38:07 two weeks later on May 16, 2010 at the Bay to Breakers (presumably the fastest 12 km ever for a woman), the course is not considered a "record quality course" in that the start and finish are separated by approximately 10.5 linear kilometers.

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