A Year in Sports Events

Where to find the best celebrations of athleticism in the Inland Northwest

click to enlarge Hoopfest returns the last weekend of June. - ERICK DOXEY PHOTO
Erick Doxey photo
Hoopfest returns the last weekend of June.

Hoopfest

The largest basketball tournament of its kind in the world, Hoopfest is annually host to 14,000 games of 3-on-3 basketball and over 250,000 people. It's more than just a basketball tournament, however, also featuring a variety of live music, food trucks and gear giveaways throughout the weekend. spokanehoopfest.net

WHERE & WHEN: June 29-30, 2019; downtown Spokane

Lilac Bloomsday Run

For 42 years now, Bloomsday has been a spring staple in Spokane, with thousands of participants and spectators congregating downtown for the 12 kilometer (7.46 miles) race. The run has become a right of passage for many local and international road runners, but Bloomsday always welcomes walkers, kids in strollers and wheelchairs. Finishers are rewarded with the year's coveted Bloomsday T-shirt. bloomsdayrun.org

WHERE & WHEN: May 5, 2019; downtown Spokane

Spike and Dig

This annual 6-on-6 volleyball tournament was founded by one of the co-founders of Hoopfest. Teams of all ages and skill levels come together to have a good summer weekend and make a few new friends along the way. All adult divisions are co-ed, and there's a free agent system if you'd like to play and don't have a team. spikeanddig.com

WHERE & WHEN: Aug. 3-4, 2019; Dwight Merkel Sports Complex

CDA Ironman 70.3

A 1-mile swim, a half-marathon run, and a 56-mile bike ride around Lake Coeur d'Alene make up the Ironman 70.3 triathlon. Participants cite Coeur d'Alene as one of the best triathlon courses in the world because of the local fan support and beautiful views along the way. Others say the real beauty is all the Ironman athletes putting their bodies to the ultimate test. ironman.com

WHERE & WHEN: June 23, 2019; Lake Coeur d'Alene

SpokeFest

Starting in Kendall Yards, this annual community bike ride festival takes riders down the Centennial Trail and back, offering spectacular views along both sides of the Spokane River. The trail is challenging enough so that riders can break a sweat, but also gentle enough that families and riders of all skill levels can have a great time. Group ride routes of 9, 21 and 50 miles are available. spokefest.org

WHERE & WHEN: Sept. 9, 2018 and Sept. 8, 2019; Kendall Yards

Negative Split Half Marathon

This half marathon (which also offers a 5K and 10K options) course begins in Kendall Yards and ends in Riverfront Park. The run is one of the biggest annual halfs in Spokane and is considered the kick-off to Spokane's running season. The course runs along the Centennial Trail until a turnaround at Camp Sekani Park. nsplit.com

WHERE & WHEN: April 7, 2019; Kendall Yards

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