The Lilac Bloomsday Association presents the 42nd running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run.
Thanks to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Summit Cancer Centers for sponsoring the 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner!
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):
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.
A long-time Bloomsday volunteer and Board member, Connie was the first female president of the Lilac Bloomsday Association, and now serves as Treasurer. Her responsibilities include supervising data entry before and during race weekend, and she also serves on Bloomsday's Charity Committee. In her professional life, Connie oversees Residential Builder & Development Loans for Washington Trust Bank. In 2006, Connie and her husband Max were inducted into the Bloomsday Hall of Fame.
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 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 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 also serves on the Promotions Committee. He is a partner in the law firm Eymann, Allison, Hunter and Jones.
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 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.
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.
Max has been a Bloomsday volunteer and Board member for longer than he'd like to admit. His main area of responsibility is the finish line, but he has also served on the start and course committees. He is also a member of the Promotions Committee, and on Saturday of Bloomsday weekend he helps with logistics of the Marmot March. In 2006, Max and his wife Connie were inducted into the Bloomsday Hall of Fame.
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 Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance.
Laurel has been a Bloomsday fanatic since her mom introduced her to the race in 1983. She has served as a Bloomsday volunteer for the last 15 years helping with the Jr/Sr High School Challenge and is now the on-course entertainment coordinator. In 2010 Laurel received the Bloomsday Spirit Award. She is married to her childhood sweetheart and they are raising two boys who have also been “mini” volunteers for Bloomsday. When time permits Laurel is a Health & Fitness substitute teacher.
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. 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).