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  • Best Bets
  • Best Bets

    Bloomsday again brings some of the world's best runners to Spokane
  • Going Pro
  • Going Pro

    Spokane’s a haven for great high school running teams — so why can’t the city foster an elite running scene?
      Ever since 1964 euro;” when Gerry Lindgren, a scrawny kid just out of Rogers High School, flew past the Russians in the 10,000 meters at the Los Angeles Coliseum euro;” Spokane’s been pumping out national-caliber high school teams.
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  • The Community of Running
  • The Community of Running

    After the Boston bombings, Spokane runners show their support and resilience
      “How many virgins do we have tonight?” Maybe 15 hands shoot up, somewhat reluctantly. And people clap euro;” for the virgins. Yes, great to see them. Soon they will lose their virgi
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  • So You Want to Be a Runner?
  • So You Want to Be a Runner?

    Getting into running isn’t as hard as you think
      The Farmgirlfit gym is based on an adaptation of the popular fitness craze Crossfit, which owner Jenni Niemann has modified to fit the demands of the modern woman.
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  • Listen Up!
  • Listen Up!

    Five good reasons not to sneak earbuds onto the Bloomsday course.
  • Timing Through Time
  • Timing Through Time

    Bloomsday continues to serve as a technological innovator in the racing world.
  • Not a Simple Tee
  • Not a Simple Tee

    The 7-plus miles that Bloomies will run this weekend doesn't come close to the distance traveled by the cotton on their backs.
      “We don’t source any of our cotton from Asia,” says Todd Gilmer, a national account executive for the northwest division of the Russell Corporation, a subsidiary of Fruit of the Loom that owns the Jerzees brand, this year’s manufacturer of Bloomsday T-shirts.
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  • Don't Run
  • Don't Run

    Why Spokane's best young runners are discouraged from running Bloomsday.
      Spokane probably has the fastest county-wide cluster of high school distance runners in the nation. And Spokane has one of the world’s largest timed road races. But because of timing, the two phenomena rarely connect.
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  • Sister Act
  • Sister Act

    In the race or on the sidelines, the Sisters of the Holy Names get in on the action.
      Kelly recalls one man in particular, who shakes hands with the nuns every time he runs by. She also looks forward to seeing a couple from California whom she spoke to during their first Bloomsday race. Since then, they have always visited the convent the day after the race.
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  • Crossing the Bridge
  • Crossing the Bridge

    These young runners are homeless. But they won't be left out of the race.
      They´ve slept under Spokane’s bridges and now, sitting in the downtown offices of Cup of Cool Water, a youth ministry, Zachariah Chavez and Chireé Sizemore debate the relative residential advantages of the Monroe Street Bridge versus the one over Maple Street.
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  • Numbers Race
  • Numbers Race

    Participation — particularly among women — in Bloomsday is growing. Plus, d-tags and Bloomsfest.
      In last year’s souvenir results booklet, we noted an interesting trend among Bloomsday’s historical statistics.
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  • Like Running Barefoot
  • Like Running Barefoot

    Minimalist shoes motivate your feet into doin’ what comes natur’ly
      Running barefoot is like backyard nudism: It’s definitely not for all seasons, and the neighbors are going to stare. Still, the latest curiosity in running involves doffing your shoes altoget
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  • Downtown Frolicking 101
  • Downtown Frolicking 101

    From Booze Day to billiards: Everything you're gonna wanna do on Bloomsday weekend.
      Alcohol, exercise, commemorative T-shirt: Spokane hasn’t seen a winning combination like that since Calvary, Santangelo and Frahm. Enter the Booze Day Marathon Pub Run — a mock race for
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  • Your Own Personal Paparazzi
  • Your Own Personal Paparazzi

    Three dozen photographers stationed around the course means several personalized photos of each Bloomie.
      Drunk on the haze of heat and sweat and wheezing and lactic acid, muffled by the swarm of the shuffling crowd beside him, you don’t notice the click-click of the camera taking your picture.
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