Capping off a fantastic weekend for KIMbia, John Yuda and Lineth Chepkurui captured the men’s and women’s titles in the Lilac Bloomsday Run Sunday morning. This year was the 33rd running of the historic 12k Bloomsday Race, through the streets of Spokane, Washington.
This is the first major road championship for Yuda since his win in the 2005 BUPA Great South Run. Yuda had appeared very fit in training and, after finishing 7th in his last major race — the Dong-A marathon back in October 2008 — Sunday’s result is an extremely positive sign validating his return to form. Unofficially, his winning time was 34:36.
For Chepkurui, on the other hand, Sunday was another fantastic result in what has already been an amazing 2009. This was her second straight Bloomsday title after winning in Spokane last year. Already in 2009, Lineth has won the Cherry Blossom 10 miler, finished 4th in the IAAF World Cross Country Championship, and most recently, won the Crescent City Classic 10k in early April. Her unofficial time of 38:35 — as reported by the Spokane Spokesman-Review — would be just 4 seconds shy of the course record.