Prospective entrants in the 50th Annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile will be able to register for the lottery during a 15-day period starting on Thursday, December 1 and extending through 11:59 P.M. on Thursday, December 15 on the event website, www.cherryblossom.org.
As announced previously, the biggest change for the golden anniversary celebration of The Runner’s Rite of Spring® is that the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 5K presented by REI Co-op has been given its own separate day, location and entry process. The 5K will take place on Saturday, April 1, starting and finishing on Freedom Plaza and traversing the “Route of the Inaugurations” down Pennsylvania Avenue, across the National Mall and back. The route features dramatic vistas of the U.S. Capitol Building as participants proceed down “America’s Main Street.”
Entry into the 5K will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and will open on Tuesday, December 20. The 5K is limited to 5,000 entrants, and registration will remain open until February 28, 2023, or until the 5,000-runner limit is reached, whichever comes first.
The 10 Mile course starts and finishes at the Washington Monument Grounds and passes by all of the prime cherry blossom locations and the National Memorials. The 10 Mile will take place on Sunday, April 2.
Ambitious runners who hope to enter both the 10 Mile and 5K — the Double Blossom —must enter the 10 Mile lottery and indicate that they wish to gain entry into both races.
Upcoming milestones for the 50th Annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom include:
- Registration for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Kids Run presented by REI Co-op will open on Monday, January 2, 2023.
- Virtual Run registration for the 10 Mile and 5K, which will take place during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 20 — April 16, 2023, will also open on January 2, 2023.
The 10 Mile will serve as the 2023 Road Runners Club of America 10 Mile National Championship and the 2022-23 PRRO Circuit Championship.
Thanks to Credit Union Miracle Day’s title sponsorship since 2002, Credit Union Cherry Blossom has raised over $10.2 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including $323,000 in 2022.