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Convention Social Events

Thursday Night Welcome Reception

Following the round table discussions, convention attendees, including our Coaching Certification Cohort, are invite to join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvre to celebrate Running in the Lilac City. Then dine around Spokane on your own with new and old friends.  Craft beer lovers, check out No-Li Brewhouse for dinner.

Friday Morning Group Run or AM Yoga Session

Join your fellow convention attendees and members of the Bloomsday Road Runners Club on a morning run along Riverfront Park to get you ready for the busy day ahead.  Not up for a run, join us for Yoga at the hotel instead. 

Friday Breakfast

This is a great opportunity to network with Expo vendors and fellow attendees before we kick-off the event.  We promise to provide you with enough coffee to keep you going through the morning sessions.

Friday Luncheon

Join us for our Friday Luncheon (guest speaker to be finalized soon).  This is a great opportunity to meet new people and re-connect with old friends.  Share ideas and try to solve some of the challenges faced by the running community.  We will also honor the 2013 Outstanding State Rep of the Year at lunch.

Friday Night Dinner Social


This is a not to be missed occasion.  Our host and the Spokane Sports Commission will provide transport to Arbor Wine Cellars for a spectacular wine dinner, which will include great views, great food, and great wine.  In 1982, the Mielke family started on a venture that would eventually grow into the Inland Northwest’s premier winery, officially starting Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, the 29th winery in Washington State.  Located atop a 450 ft. cliff with exquisite views of the city, The Cliff House Estate, as it is now known, has since become a destination for exceptional wines and memorable public events.  For the wine enthusiast, The 2010 Arbor Cellars Dionysus, a Meritage Blend, received a 91 rating from Robert Parker.

Saturday Morning Group Run or AM Yoga Session

Join your fellow convention attendees and members of the Bloomsday Road Runners Club on a morning run along Riverfront Park to get you ready for the busy day ahead.  Not up for a run, join us for Yoga at the hotel instead.

Saturday Breakfast
Join us before your after your run or yoga session at Madeleine’s Cafe at 707 Spokane Ave.  Madeleine’s will have special hours for RRCA Convention attendees only from 6:15 - 7:45 AM before they open for the general public.

Saturday Luncheon

Join us for our Saturday Luncheon featuring Don Kardong.  Kardong has been a runner since 1964. He ran four years of cross country and three years of track at Stanford University, missing one season of eligibility (1969) while attending Stanford-in-Britain.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University in 1971, and, in 1974, a bachelor’s degree in English and a teaching certificate from the University of Washington. After graduating, he ran his first marathon in 1972 finishing in 2:18:06. He competed in the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon and 10,000 meters and finished 6th in both events. On May 22, 1976, he finished 3rd in the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon (2:13:54), and was 4th in the U.S. Olympic Trials 5000 meters a month later. He finished 4th in the Olympic Marathon in Montreal (7/31/76), running a personal best of 2:11:16, missing the bronze medal by 3 seconds. In 1977, he helped launch the Lilac Bloomsday Run, which now attracts 50,000 participants a year.  Kardong is an author, speaker, consultant, and online coach. He has been a contributing writer for Runner’s World magazine and has published three books.  He was president of the Road Runners Club of America from 1996 to 2000.  We will also honor the 2013 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community.

Saturday Evening National Running Awards Reception & Banquet

Join us on Saturday evening for a fun filled night starting with our cocktail reception which includes the RRCA’s Live and Silent Auction fundraisers for our programs.  Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Olympic Marathoner, Deena Kastor.