The Lilac Bloomsday Association presents the 42nd running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run.

  • Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • 12 Kilometers (7.46 miles)
  • Spokane, Washington

Virtual Training Partner

Our Virtual Training Partner for Bloomsday 2017 is Sarah Ranson. Here's Sarah's introduction:

"I began my athletic career as a competitive swimmer at age 5.  In 6th grade I joined the cross country team and found out I was pretty fast.  Running and swimming were my passion until it was time for college.  After having athletic success on the State level in Pennsylvania in both swimming and running I hung up my cap and goggles and headed to the University of Missouri on a running scholarship.  After a successful 5 year running career at the University of Missouri and a B.S. in hand I packed up for a warmer training climate and The Florida State University, and an opportunity to purse a M.S. in Sport Management and a Graduate Assistant coaching position with the track and Cross Country program.  While at Florida State I found my passion in coaching, mentoring and encouraging other runners.  I've been coaching runners ever since that year in 1996.  

"Most recently I coached, challenged and encouraged the women of Spokane to achieve goals most never dreamed possible with the Swifts running team.  Women who never dreamed of running a step in adult life, or after children, now have a healthy addiction to their daily run.  Others who were High School athletes have found the swifts and have reignited the competitive spark.  I believe in the power of group training, you push harder, go further and faster with a group than on your own.  I push hard, harder than you want sometimes, because I know YOU are capable of more!  The women of Swifts call me "Tinkerbell in Combat Boots."  I'd say that's appropriate, and I LOVE it! 

"I’ve run too many road races to keep track, almost as many half marathons and usually 1 marathon a year.  My half marathon PR is 1:21 and my marathon PR is 2:51.

"I dabble with triathlons but running is my true passion and helping others to love running is what I do.  As my athletes and clients achieve success and joy from their training I become even more motivated to pursue my own goals.  I hope to become even faster today (as a Master's runner) than I was in my youth.  

"Check into Facebook and Instagram often for training tips, race information, and fun running links."

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