The Lilac Bloomsday Association presents the 45th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run.
Best Team Name Finalists Announced
Spokane, WA—With the 40th Bloomsday less than a month away, a panel of Bloomsday sponsors and organizers met, deliberated and developed a list of which Bloomsday Corporate Cup teams registered with the best team names. The group also looked back over the past decade to determine the top names during the 10-year period when top names were recorded.
For 2016, the panel chose from a pool of over 370 teams, and 20 finalists (list below) were 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 Chas Health’s “Agony of DeFeet” to Winston & Cashatt’s “Law and Odor.”
“Our judges had a lively discussion of which names really tickled the funny bone,” remarked Corporate Cup Director Carol Hunter. “It wasn’t easy, but after some mostly serious deliberation they whittled down the group to the ones they thought really stood out from the pack.”
The battle each year 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 Workland & Witherspoon’s “Our Briefs Are Tight,” which topped Inland Northwest Blood Center’s “B Positive” (second place) and Franz Bakery’s “Thunder Buns” (third place).
When the panelists looked back over the past decade, the GU English Department’s “Pair O’Thighs Lost” was the clear favorite. Bonner General Hospital’s “Follow the Bleeder” finished second, and there was a tie for third among Spokane Valley Fire Department’s “Feeling the Burn” and B&B Physical Therapy’s “Plantar Fascists.”
This year’s panel of judges included Bloomsday Race Director and Founder Don Kardong, Lilac Bloomsday Association President Steven Jones, Bloomsday Board Member Jon Neill, Kelly Risse of Physical Therapy Associates, Inlander Publisher Ted McGregor, Bailee Neyland of Hoopfest, and Spokane Mayor David Condon.
Although registration is now closed for the Corporate Cup, runners still have time to register for Bloomsday. Mailed entries for the low $18 entry fee must be postmarked by midnight, April 12th, while online entrants have until Sunday, April 17th to do so. Late entries for the $35.00 fee will be accepted online from April 18th through the 24th, and at the Bloomsday Trade Show the weekend of April 29-30. No entries will be accepted Sunday, May 1st.
Business - Team Name
CHAS Health - Agony of DeFeet
City of Spokane - Mighty Municipal Milers
Dermatology Specialists of Spokane - Running Our Rashes Off
Dingus, Zarecor & Associates, PLLC - Audit La Vista, Baby
Eastern Washington University - Schooling the Competition
Episcopal Diocese of Spokane - Save Our Soles
First Choice Health - No Scrubs
Gonzaga University - The Crawl of the Mild
Idaho Forest Group - The Young and the Rest of Us
Inland Northwest Blood Center - Too Bloody Fast
Johanna Beverage Company - Juice Do It
Mischke Drywall - 3 Sheets to the Win
Premera Blue Cross - Blue by You
Spokane Hoopfest - One Shining Moment
Umpqua Bank - Neither Fast Nor Furious
Umpqua Bank - Time Wounds All Heels
Umpqua Bank - Between Walk and a Hard Pace
Valley Hospital - Rapid Thigh Movement
Vaagen Brothers Lumber - Knot So Fast
Winston & Cashatt, Attorneys - Law & Odor
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