Philip Langat Leads a Kenyan Sweep in the Men's Race - Spokane, Washington-The anticipated sprint finish never materialized in the fortieth annual Lilac Bloomsday Run, the fifth stop on the PRRO Circuit of major US road races, but that didn't stop Cynthia Limo from racing like someone was in hot pursuit. The Kenyan star broke free from the rest of the field by halfway on the 12-kilometer course, then continued to put pedal to the metal all the way to the finish, in the process setting a new course record of 38:03. Meanwhile, while there was no course record in the men's race, Philip Langat did a similar number to the competition as he managed a slight lead by the top of Doomsday Hill, then built his lead from there to the finish, winning by a comfortable 12 seconds over fellow Kenyan Isaac Mwangi.
The field of 46,566 who signed up for this year's Bloomsday were treated to a second year of ideal weather, with brilliant blue skies, no wind, and temperatures at the start in the mid-40s. A pack of 11 women took advantage of the conditions by racing together for the first half mile. By the bottom of the first downhill at 1-1/2 miles, though, that pack had dwindled to eight, with three-time Bloomsday champion Lineth Chepkurui in the lead.