The 2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015. This is one week later than the traditional first-Sunday-in-April date because Easter falls on Sunday, April 5.
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The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will be using a lottery system to select our 2015 race entries.
Here is how the lottery system will work. Prospective entrants will be able to register for the lottery during a 11-day period starting on Monday, December 1 and extending through 11:59 P.M. on Friday, December 12 on the event website, www.cherryblossom.org. When registering, prospective entrants will complete and submit the entire entry form including the credit card information. However, credit cards will not be charged unless the applicant is selected. The entry fees are $42 (plus an approximately $3.50 online entry fee – more if you purchase additional items) for the 10 Mile Run and $32 for the 5K Run-Walk. (Please note that pre-registration is required for the 2015 Half Mile Kids’ Run, but it will be held on a first-come, first-served basis and will open on January 5, 2015. The Half Mile Kids’ Run is limited to 400 entrants.)
Lottery Groups: The lottery will be able to handle “Lottery Groups” of up to 10 people. This is designed to allow families and other groups either to get in or not get in as a “Group.” Each “Group” has exactly the same chance of getting in as each single individual. The first person in a “Group” will set up the group, give it a name and register himself or herself as the first member of the Group. When subsequent members go to register, they will be able to affiliate with that “Group” by using a drop down menu on the registration form. Please note that no additional members can be added to a “Lottery Group” after the lottery period closes. The “Lottery Groups” exist only for purposes of entering the lottery. Once the lottery is held, the “Lottery Groups” are disbanded. Lottery Groups may consist of runners entered in both the 10 Mile and the 5K Run-Walk. The event the runner who creates the Lottery Group registers for will determine if the Lottery Group is entered into the 10 Mile Run or 5K Run-Walk lottery.
The organizers strongly encourage prospective entrants to spread out their lottery registration over the 11-day period rather than everyone trying to register the moment the lottery opens. Registrants at the end of the 11-day window have an equal chance of getting in as registrants on the first day. If possible, we would suggest the following schedule:
Last names (or Group names) between A-F register on December 1-2
Last names (or Group names) from G-L register on December 3-4
Last names (or Group names) from M-R register on December 5-6
Last names (or Group names) from S-Z on December 7-8
All letters (or Group names) on December 10-12.
An electronic “drawing” will be held from all the applications on hand after the lottery period closes. The names of everyone who entered the lottery – with notification of whether they were accepted into the race or not – will be posted on the event website by 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 16. All lottery registrants will receive an email indicating their status as well. (These emails may precede the posting of the list on the website.) Individuals (and members of Lottery Groups) not selected will not have their credit cards charged for the entry fee or for any ancillary items purchased such as the “Upgrade” performance shirts, medals and carbon offsets.
Please consult the “Lottery FAQs” on the website for more detailed answers to questions regarding the lottery.
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You can guarantee yourself a place at the starting line of the 2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run (or the 5K Run-Walk) on April 12, 2015 while helping 10 million hospitalized children throughout North America!
Bypass the uncertainty of the upcoming lottery and help kids when you sign up to become a Charity Race Entry Participant. To qualify as a Charity Race Entry Participant, simply raise $500 dollars for our official race charity, Credit Unions for Kids. Every dollar raised for Credit Unions for Kids will be donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the alliance of premier non-profit hospitals for children located across the U.S. and Canada.
For more information about becoming a Charity Race Entry Participant, please go to our official fundraising website at http://www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/cucherryblossom/.
The 2015 race marks the fourteenth year that credit unions have sponsored the run in support of Credit Unions for Kids and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. We have raised over $6.5 million for children's hospitals during this time. Join thousands of runners and over a hundred credit unions to help raise funds that go to the Children's Miracle Network Hospital that serves your community.
We look forward to welcoming all of our Credit Unions for Kids/Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Charity Race Entry Participants to the Washington Monument Grounds on Sunday, April 12, 2015. We plan to make the 43rd running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk the best yet!
If you volunteered for the 2014 race, you will receive your guaranteed entry for the 2015 race before the opening of the 2015 lottery. These guaranteed entries are transferrable.
Top open and age-group runners are eligible for special seeded numbers. Qualifying times for seeded runners are posted at http://www.cherryblossom.org/theraces/elite.php#seeded.
Seeded runners will be allowed to start the race in the seeded runner corral directly in back of the elite runners. To be considered send verifiable credentials to Drew Woodrich at email@example.com.
If you have completed the race 10 times either in a row or non-consecutively and do not get in through the lottery, you can gain a guaranteed "streaker" entry which will be accepted if submitted before February 1, 2015. If you are rejected in the lottery and feel you qualify, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are uncertain if you qualify, you can check your status on the revised All-Time Searchable database. Remember, please do not apply for streaker status unless you are rejected in the lottery. Streaker requests received before the lottery results are posted will not be considered.
Two-Time Loser (TTL) Entries
Did you enter the lottery in 2013 and 2014 and fail to gain entry both years? If so you should receive an email with your guaranteed entry code in late November, prior to the opening of the lottery. Guaranteed entry codes have NOT YET been sent to all the runners who, according to our records, are eligible for “TTL” entries.
NOTE: Runners and walkers who expect to take longer than 2 hours and 20 minutes (net time) to complete the 10 Mile must enter the 5K Run-Walk. We will close the 10-mile course at 5 miles to runners who are running or walking at over a 14-minute-per-mile pace. You will be required to leave the course at this time. In addition, sweep vehicles will pick up runners on the second half of the course who fall behind a 14-minute-per-mile pace. The large number of tourists in town to see the cherry blossoms limits the length of time we can keep the streets closed. 5K Run-Walk participants will receive the same amenities as the 10 milers, including having your results posted on the website. The 5K Run-Walk is limited to 750 entrants and has a time limit of 65-minutes (about a 20-minute-per-mile pace).