The Lilac Bloomsday Association presents the 45th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run.

  • September 18-27, 2020
  • 12 Kilometers (7.46 miles)
  • Spokane, Washington


Thanks for your interest in joining the Bloomsday race crew and helping nearly 50,000 runners, joggers, walkers and wheelers have a fun and successful journey! We've always known our volunteers do a great job, but we were pleased when the readers of Northwest Runner magazine recently recognized this as well in awarding Bloomsday the best Volunteers/Crowd Support award.


You'll be joining an award-winning race crew when you volunteer! Below are ten different opportunities for volunteering for Bloomsday:

Speaking of volunteers, here's a peek at the Bloomsday Board of Directors (and Race Director):


Mark Starr

Mark is a dedicated volunteer at dozens of Spokane events, including Bloomsday, where he was recently elected Board president. At Bloomsday his primary responsibility is managing the Trade Show, making sure move-in and move-out go smoothly and exhibitors have a good opportunity to interact with the public. On race day Mark delivers equipment and supplies to the start, finish and the course. In his non-volunteer hours he is a fixture at David's Pizza and Famous Ed's restaurants, which he co-owns.


Carol Hunter

President of the Lilac Bloomsday Association from 2010-2012, Carol may be best known for her role as Chair of the Corporate Cup, overseeing all elements of one of Bloomsday's most popular features. Carol also serves on Bloomsday's Charity and Promotions Committees. Along with her volunteering, Carol has completed 32 Bloomsdays and was 13th in her age group in 2010. Carol is a partner in the law firm Eymann, Allison, Hunter and Jones.


Dori Whitford

Dori is an accomplished ultra-distance runner and triathlete, with a finish in both the Western States 100-Mile Run and the Ironman Triathlon. She is Bloomsday's Secretary, Archivist, and helps coordinate the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. She also oversees one of Bloomsday most popular features, the on-course entertainment. In her free time, she is a teacher and girls' distance coach at Mead High School.


Steve Jones

Steve is a long-time Bloomsday participant, volunteer and Board Member who recently served his fourth two-year term as LBA President. Steve has also been the LBA's legal representative for many years. In the lead-up to Bloomsday each year, Steve helps fine-tune T-shirt ordering, solicit sponsorship, and oversee advertising and promotions. After completing Bloomsday each year, he helps validate elite results. Steve is a partner in the law firm Eymann, Allison, Hunter and Jones.


Jon Neill - Race Director

Jon worked as an intern at the Bloomsday office while attending Gonzaga University, and after joining the Board years later he served a two-year term as president (2007 & 2008). Jon has served as the elite athlete coordinator since 2004, overseeing the invitation, travel and hospitality for dozens of the world's best long distance runners who compete at Bloomsday each year.   Jon was hired as Bloomsday Race Director in 2019.  


Al Odenthal

As the Board member in charge of security, safety and communications on race day, Al handles some of the most crucial aspects of Bloomsday. His background as a former Deputy Chief of Police serves Bloomsday participants well as he manages a wide variety of race day logistics, keeping human and vehicular traffic apart and flowing. Al served as Board President for the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Bloomsdays.


Tom Fuchs

Tom has been working as the 2nd Seed Coordinator since 2004. He serves on the promotions committee as well. He has participated in every Bloomsday since 1983. When he is not working his day job as the IT Manager for EDMO Distributors, Inc., Tom volunteers his time as a cross-country and track coach at St. Aloysius Grade School.


Gary Markham

Gary has served as chair of the Corporate Cup Tent Party for a decade, and in recent years he's also supervised other activities in the post-race area in Riverfront Park. He is also on the Promotions and Charity Committees, and in 2010 Bloomsday launched his brainchild, the School Challenge, for middle school and high school teams. Gary is a financial advisor with MassMutual.


Scott Ward

Scott is new to the Board, helping with water aid and Junior Bloomsday. Scott graduated from Whitworth University where he played football. Later played Rugby for 13 years, but stopped when he and his wife had the first of their two children. Has participated in nearly 100 triathlons in his lifetime, and volunteered when he wasn’t participating.

Andy Lefriec

Andy Lefriec

Andy is new to the board. He grew up in Spokane and ran his first Bloomsday at the age of 7. Andy is the founding member of the Spokane Distance Project and is still actively racing all distances from 5k to 100 miles. He is currently the Co-Chair of chip check and helps with elite athlete coordination and Junior Bloomsday.

Andrew Hastings

Andy Hastings

A Spokane native, Andy joined the Board in 2015. Andy is the current Bloomsday Treasurer, and is involved with cashiering over Bloomsday weekend and other aspects of registration. In 2018 Andy ran his 16th Bloomsday, and he continues to enjoy training for and running marathons. Andy is a Relationship Manager and Sr. Trust Officer at Washington Trust Bank.

Sarah Ranson

Sarah Ranson

Sarah competed in both swimming and running at an early age, but began focusing on running when she received a scholarship to the University of Missouri. After graduation and earning an MS in Sports Management from Florida State, Sarah began coaching, mentoring and encouraging other runners. She works with the Spokane Swifts and was employed for a year as Bloomsday’s PR/Communications Director before joining the Board.

Michael Kiter

Michael Kiter

Michael grew up here in Spokane, attending the same high school as his parents. He comes from a military family where he learned the importance of perseverance and commitment. He earned a scholarship to the University of Washington where he ran on the Track and Cross Country teams. Michael graduated with a degree in Political Science, specializing in international relations. He grew up running Bloomsday, and when he moved back home became a consistent volunteer.


Don Kardong

Bloomsday founder and past president (1982-84) of the Lilac Bloomsday Association, Don's primary responsibility through Bloomsday 2004 was as elite athlete coordinator. He accepted the position of Race Director--the only full-time, year-round paid position at Bloomsday--in the summer of 2004 and continued in that capacity through 2019. Before taking that position, Don worked as a writer for Runner's World magazine and as Executive Director of the Children's Museum of Spokane (now Mobius Kids).  Don is now a Board of Director - Emeritus.