Registration for the 2014 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk Is Being Conducted by Lottery Starting on Monday, December 2, 2013.
NOTE: Kids' Run Registration will not open until Jan. 6, 2014.
Before you click the link below to begin your Online Lottery Registration, please read this page IN ITS ENTIRETY.
This will help answer your questions before you begin the lottery process.
Note: You may register any time between December 2 and December 13. Your chance of being selected is not affected by the time that you register, so if the server is busy, just try again later.
Entrants will be able to register for the lottery over an 11-day period between Monday, December 2, 2013 and 11:59 P.M. on Friday, December 13, 2013. Entrants will be electronically selected for the Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk after the lottery registration period closes. The results of the selection process for both events (both those accepted and those rejected) will be posted on the event website, www.cherryblossom.org, by 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 17.
Visit Lottery FAQ for more information.
The lottery will be able to handle “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 (such as "The Jones Family Runners") 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 “Group” after the lottery period closes. The “Groups” exist only for purposes of entering the lottery. Once the lottery is held, the “Groups” are disbanded. Groups may consist of runners entered in both the 10 Mile and the 5K Run-Walk. The event the runner who creates the group registers for will determine if the Group is entered into the 10 Mile Run or 5K Run-Walk lottery.
Youmust sign up either as an individual or as part of a Group – not both – and you will not be able to change your status from individual registrant to Group registrant once you have signed up. Individuals signing up as both individuals and as a member of a Group will have all of their registrations rejected.
Each Group will be treated exactly the same as an individual runner when the electronic selections are made. In other words, a Group has exactly the same chance to get into the race as any individual runner.
Please remember that these Groups are only for purposes of entering the lottery. The Groups cease to exist after the individual group members are accepted or rejected. No additional individuals can be added to Groups once the lottery sign-up period is closed. Lottery Groups have no relationship with Teams in our Team Competition. Teams may be formed from runners who are accepted into the race after the lottery is over. For details about team competition please contact Team Coordinator George Banker at email@example.com.
Entry fees for the 2014 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk are as follows:
Ten Mile Run: $40
5K Run-Walk: $30
We have kept our entry fees low in order to make the race accessible to all. We offer a basic short-sleeved, cotton or 50-50 race t-shirt for everyone, but if you prefer you will be given the opportunity during the registration to upgrade your shirt to a technical t-shirt ($20) and order a finisher's medal ($13). There is an approximately $3.50 service fee for online registrations (more if additional items are purchased).
You can bypass the anxiety of the lottery and help treat sick children by signing up to become a Charity Race Entry Participant. To qualify as a Charity Race Entry Participant, you need to 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, a network of 170 non profit children’s hospitals located across North America.
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 2014 race marks the thirteenth year Credit Unions have sponsored the run in support of Credit Unions for Kids and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Over $6 million dollars for children’s hospitals has been raised during this time. Join thousands of runners and over a hundred Credit Unions and Credit Union partners to help provide local kids with state-of-the-art care, cutting edge research and treatment for every disease and injury imaginable. Remember, all funds you raise go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital which supports your community.
Volunteer and Seeded Runner Entries
All 2013 volunteers should have received their guaranteed entries. If not, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals with guaranteed entries do not need to enter the lottery. These entries must be submitted before March 1, 2014, and they are transferable. If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer for the 2014 race, visit http://www.cherryblossom.org/generalinfo/volunteer.php
The same policies as in the past will apply for “Seeded” runners. Qualifying standards for seeded runners are posted on the event website. Contact Seeded Runner Coordinator Drew Woodrich at email@example.com for details.
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 obtain a guaranteed “streaker” entry. You can determine if you qualify for a streaker entry by checking our All-time Searchable Database, which can be accessed through the race website. (We will check it as well when we receive your request.) 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. The deadline for submitting streaker entries is February 1, 2014. Send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two-Time Lottery Reject Entries
Entries for individuals rejected in the 2012 and 2013 lotteries closed at 11:59 P.M. on Saturday, November 30.
Nearly all of the communications regarding the race will be done via email. Due to the high volume of emails, we cannot take time to fill out forms to get our messages past personal spam filters. To help make sure that our emails will reach you and will not be treated as spam, you should add the following email addresses to your "white list" or "safe senders" list or however your particular email program allows you to indicate particular email addresses that you want to receive email from:
Note: If you have ever requested to be removed from our mailing list for any reason, our email program does not allow us to add you back in. You will have to send a request to email@example.com and we will send you instructions on how to add yourself back in.
Entry by Mail
If you prefer not to enter online, we will be accepting a very small number of mail-in entries. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to receive a .pdf copy of the entry form. We will conduct a lottery from all the mail-in applications received by December 13 and accept only 50 mail-in applications for the 10 Mile and 25 mail-in applications for the 5K Run-Walk. Individuals attempting to enter online and by a paper entry form will have both entries rejected. Mail-in lottery results will be posted on the race website by December 31. If you receive a cancelled check submitted with your mail-in entry, you are in. Electronic entry is strongly preferred.
If you have questions about the lottery procedure, please visit the Lottery FAQ.
Submitting Your Entry
Runners should enter the lottery using only one of the two methods (on-line or mail-in).
The race is limited to 15,000 finishers.