Don Kardong -Race Director, Bloomsday
Don Kardong grew up in the Seattle area, graduated from Stanford University in 1971, received a second bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate from the University of Washington in 1974 and moved to Spokane that year to take a job as as an elementary school teacher.
In 1976, Don finished fourth in the Olympic marathon in Montreal, and the next spring he founded the Lilac Bloomsday Run (Bloomsday).
In 1977 he
left teaching to open a retail sporting goods store in downtown Spokane (1977-1986), and after selling the business in 1986 he
pursued a career as a writer, primarily for Runner's World magazine
, for the next 16 years.
From 2002-2004 he served as executive director of the Children's Museum of Spokane.
In August of 2004, after many years as a member of Bloomsday's
Board of Directors, he
took over as Race Director.