Anyone Who’s Anyone: Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

30 Nov

Cherry Blossoms! Get excited.

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin won’t bloom until the end of March. So why am I talking about it now? Because the annual Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk, which will be held April 3, 2011, is so popular that there’s a lottery system to participate. And that lottery starts tomorrow!

This will be the 39th year that the race has taken place. The event attracts athletes of all abilities, including international stars, and coincides with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The route will give you more than your fill of cherry trees. There’s a lottery system because the National Park Service limits the number of racers to 15,000. In 2009, before the lottery was implemented, spots filled up in less than three hours!

Not a runner? Consider volunteering! It’s a great way to experience the event while exerting minimal energy. Also, it’s worth noting that if you volunteer one year, you’re guaranteed a spot in the following year’s race.

The lottery closes on Friday, December 10, and the list of those selected will be available on December 14. There are separate lotteries for the Ten Mile Run and the 5K Run-Walk. And plan on taking Metro (Smithsonian stop, Orange Line) to get to the event, driving and parking will NOT be possible.

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