April 1, 2014—We’re not fooling when we say Bloomsday’s Corporate Cup competition is more than just a battle of speed and endurance, it’s also a battle of wits. More specifically, before race day it’s a battle to see which team can come up with the best name. After much deliberation—and more than a few laughs—a group of Bloomsday sponsors and organizers have announced this year's top team names.
From a pool of over 350 teams, 23 have been selected for their creativity and witty word play. From puns that reflect a company’s business to references to popular culture, the list extends from Fairchild 141st Air Refueling Wing’s “Pass N’ Gas” to Zag Dining Marketing’s pithy “Ketchup.”
“This year our teams came up with a slew of amusing names,” remarked Corporate Cup Director Carol Hunter. “We always get some great ones, but this year our panel of judges had an especially challenging time whittling down the pool to twenty-three finalists.”
The battle for the top team name is almost as competitive as the actual race itself, and the prizes are just as coveted. The first, second, and third place winners will be announced after Bloomsday in the Souvenir Results Booklet distributed by The Inlander, and the first place team will receive a plaque and will be honored guests at the annual awards luncheon. Last year’s winner was First Hair Etc.’s “Cut to the Chase,” which beat out Newport Sullivan Lake Ranger District’s “A Forest to be Reckoned With” (second place) and Law Firm Eymann Allison Hunter Jones’s “The Sequestrians” (third place).
Although registration is now closed for the Corporate Cup competition, runners still have time to register for Bloomsday. Mailed entry forms for the low $17 entry fee must be postmarked by midnight, April 15th, while online entrants have until Sunday, April 20th to do so. Late entries for the $35.00 fee will be accepted online from April 21st through the 27th, and at the Bloomsday Trade Show the weekend of May 2-3. No entries will be accepted Sunday, May 4th.
2014 Best Team Name Finalists
(in alphabetical order by company name)
Business - Team Name
141st Air Refueling Wing - Pass N’ Gas
Bonner GeneralHospital - Dude Runs With the Ladies
CD’A Metals - Iron Hearts
Drywall Specialties Inc. - Smooth Finishers
Franz - Run Your Buns Off
GonzagaU. English Department - Pair O’ Thighs Lost
Hair Etc. - Bob-N-Weave
Hart Capital Management - Running With the Bulls
Inland Empire Paper Company - Pulp Fiction
James Hoppe DDS - Don’t Follow Us We’re Flossed
Life Center Northwest - You Gotta Be Kidney Me
Machinists Union - IAM Fast
Mischke Drywall - Three Sheets to the Win
Premera Blue Cross - Running’ Til We’re Blue
Spokane Public Schools - No Teacher Left Behind
Spokane Symphony - What Does the Fox Say?
Spokane Transit Authority - Catch That Bus
Sterling Bank - I Thought This Was a 5K
The Native Project - HashtagHopeWeFinish
The Spokesman-Review - News Travels Fast
Van Gogh and Merlot - Dude, Where Did My Van Gogh?
Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers - Ambulance Catchers
Zag Dining Marketing - Ketchup