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Portrait of Don Kardong and Jon Neill downtown Spokane.

Last Run: Interview with Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong 

After 15 consecutive years as race director, Bloomsday Founder Don Kardong will retire after this year’s 43rd race set for Sunday, May 5. Q: What are your favorite Bloomsday memories? A: It’s hard to beat that first year, 1977. After months of planning, to be able to line up in a crowd and race down …

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Was This Man Cheated Out Of An Olympic Medal? Don Kardong and the strange case of East German Athletics

As he raced down the tunnel into the bowels of Olympic Stadium, chasing the East German runner leading the race, it did not matter whether the time gap was 3.2 seconds or 3.2 minutes. On that balmy, wet evening of July 31, 1976, in Montreal, Spokane’s Don Kardong would be “stuck in 4th place” in …

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