Entry Information

Registration for the 2016 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk Is Being Conducted by Lottery Starting on Monday, November 30, 2015.
NOTE: Kids' Run Registration will not open until Jan. 4, 2016.

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. 

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Note: You may register any time between November 30 and December 11. Your chance of being selected is not affected by the time that you register, so if the server is busy, just try again later.

Lottery Details

Entrants will be able to register for the lottery over a 12-day period between Monday, November 30, 2015 and 11:59 P.M. on Friday, December 11, 2015. Entrants will be electronically selected for the Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk after the lottery registration 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 A.M. on Wednesday, 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 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.

Visit Lottery FAQ for more information.

Lottery Groups - Disbanded After Lottery Is Held

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 Lottery Group. Each Lottery Group has exactly the same chance of getting in as each single individual. The first person in a Lottery 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 Lottery Group. When subsequent members go to register, they will be able to affiliate with that Lottery 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.

You must sign up either as an individual or as part of a Lottery Group – not both – and you will not be able to change your status from individual registrant to Lottery Group registrant once you have signed up. Individuals signing up as both individuals and as a member of a Lottery Group will have all of their registrations rejected.

Each Lottery Group will be treated exactly the same as an individual runner when the electronic selections are made. In other words, a Lottery Group has exactly the same chance to get into the race as any individual runner.

Please remember that these Lottery Groups are only for purposes of entering the lottery. The Lottery Groups cease to exist after the individual lottery group members are accepted or rejected. No additional individuals can be added to Lottery 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 teams@cherryblossom.org or visit http://www.cherryblossom.org/generalinfo/teamcompete.php for more information.

Entry Fees

Entry fees for the 2016 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk are as follows:

Ten Mile Run: $43
5K Run-Walk: $33

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 ($14). There is an approximately $3.70 service fee for online registrations (more if additional items are purchased).

Charity Entries

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/cherryblossom/ . 

The 2016 race marks the fifteenth year Credit Unions have sponsored the run in support of Credit Unions for Kids and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Over $7 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 2015 volunteers will receive information on how to obtain their guaranteed entries before November 30. If you do not receive your guaranteed entry code and instructions by the end of the day on November 30 (be sure to check your spam folder too!!), please contact Volunteer Coordinator Nita Roncone at nita@cherryblossom.org. Individuals with guaranteed entries do not need to enter the lottery. These entries must be submitted before February 29, 2016, and they are transferable. If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer for the 2016 race, visit http://www.cherryblossom.org/generalinfo/volunteer.php (regular volunteer signup starts on December 1; medical volunteer signup will begin later).

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 seededrunners@cherryblossom.org for details.

One Hundred Mile Club

We have replaced our "Streakers" category with the "One Hundred Mile Club" starting with the 2016 race. If you have completed at least 100 miles in any combination of the 10 mile or the 5K results (i.e. 10 completions of the 10 mile equals 100 miles; 9 completions of the 10 mile and four completions of the 5K equals 102 miles, etc.) either in a row or non-consecutively, and you do not get in through the lottery, you can gain a guaranteed "One Hundred Mile Club" entry, which will be accepted if submitted before February 1, 2016. If you are rejected in the lottery and feel you qualify, please send an email to searchable@cherryblossom.org. If you are uncertain if you qualify, you can check your status on the revised All-Time Searchable database, available at http://www.cballtimeresults.org/. Remember, please do not apply for a "One Hundred Mile Club" guaranteed entry unless you are rejected in the lottery. One Hundred Mile Club requests received before the lottery results are posted will not be considered.

Two-Time Lottery Reject Entries

Entries for individuals rejected in the 2014 and 2015 lotteries closes at 11:59 P.M. on Saturday, November 29. No advance action is required on your part - we know who you are.

Guaranteed Entries for 2016 Through Teens Run DC

Guaranteed entries for the 2016 race are available through our partnership with Teens Run DC. TRDC is recruiting mentors now for its 2015-16 season! TRDC partners with DC public schools to empower at-risk youth ages 11-20 through a youth mentoring, life skills training, and distance running program. Run or walk with a student and you will together set and achieve goals for training, racing, and life.
Mentors commit to working with an individual student for a full academic year and participate in regular Saturday morning practices from 10 to 12 noon with the TRDC community in Anacostia Park, near the Anacostia Metro Station. Program commitment is 10 hours a month, September through June.

There are also other opportunities to volunteer on weekdays at one of our five partner schools or community based program.

For more information and to apply, go to http://www.teensrundc.org/get-involved/mentors/, or contact ben@teensrundc.org.

E-Mail Notifications

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 sign yourself up again. Just visit our Email Notification Signup page. If you have a problem, send an email to webmaster@cherryblossom.org.

The 10 Mile is limited to 15,000 finishers; the 5K Run-Walk to 1,500 finishers.