Bloomsday Run: Good showing by Greater Trail bloomers

Close to 100 participants from Greater Trail hit the streets of Spokane for the 37th Lilac Bloomsday Run on Sunday.

Over 51,000 runners hit the streets of Spokane for the 37th Lilac Bloomsday Run on Sunday, including close to 100 participants from Greater Trail.

This year’s run paid homage to the Boston Marathon by giving participants “Bloomsday stands with Boston” bracelet. In honor of the victims of the Boston bombing.

Ethiopian Belete Assefa won the hilly 12-kilometre race overall in the men’s division, while countrywoman Buzunesh Deba recaptured the women’s title for the third year in a row.

Seven Greater Trail runners finished in the top 25 of over 420 B.C. entrants, including Patrick Walker of Trail who led all locals with a time of 56:18, coming fourth among B.C. runners.

Rossland’s Mandy McGill finished ninth, and Gerry Heacock, 10th,  Amy Shields, 14th, Dean Corkill, 19th, Carolyn Buehler, 22nd, and Rocky Dickson, 23rd, rounding out the top 25.