Spokane, WA—John Korir of Kenya is the only three-time men’s champion in Bloomsday history, and this Sunday he returns to Spokane hoping to add a fourth title to his impressive road racing resume. Korir’s previous titles came in 2003, 2005 and 2007, and a win in Bloomsday ’08 would give him bragging rights as the greatest champion in Bloomsday history.
“John Korir is a great competitor,” said Jon Neill, Bloomsday Elite Athlete Coordinator. “He knows the course well and is the clear favorite coming into this year’s race. But he’ll be running against a formidable field, so he’ll have to be on top of his game to notch that fourth victory.”
This year’s elite field includes Bloomsday 2006 champion Gilbert Okari of Kenya, who was slated for a match-up with Korir in 2007 until he had to scratch from the race one day prior to the race due to injury. Okari’s 34:14 finish in 2006 ranks 9th all-time on Bloomsday’s list of fastest finishes. Korir ran 34:18 in 2007 – 12th all-time.