The 2016 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2016.
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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 2016 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 Tuesday, December 1 and extending through 11:59 P.M. on Saturday, 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 in 2015 were $42 (plus an approximately $3.50 online entry fee – more if you purchased additional items) for the 10 Mile Run and $32 for the 5K Run-Walk. Entry fees for 2016 will be set by October 15, 2015. (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 Monday January 4, 2016. 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 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 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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One particularly satisfying way to participate and miss the uncertainty of the lottery is to sign-up to become a Charity Race Entry Participant. To qualify as a Charity Race Entry Participant, just raise $500 dollars for our official race charity, Credit Unions for Kids. Every dollar raised for Credit Unions for Kids will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a network of 170 non-profit children’s hospitals located across North America. Details about becoming a Charity Race Entry Participant will be posted on our official fundraising website by October 2015.
If you volunteered for the 2015 race, you will receive your guaranteed entry for the 2016 race before the opening of the 2016 lottery. These guaranteed entries are transferrable and must be used by February 29, 2016.
Seeded Runner Entries
Top open and age-group runners are eligible for guaranteed entries and special seeded numbers. Qualifying times for seeded runners are posted at http://www.cherryblossom.org/theraces/elite.php#seeded. Details about securing a seeded runner entry will be posted prior to the opening of the lottery.
100 Mile Club Entries
100 Mile Club Members need to have the distance of all their completions of 10 Mile and 5K Run-Walk total 100 miles.
The All Time Searchable Database will provide you with both your number of event completions and the total number of miles these completions represent. People with 100 miles or more will have the banner reading 100 Mile Club. All participants who qualified as "Streakers" under the old system have been "grandfathered" into the 100 Mile Club.
Two-Time Loser (TTL) Entries
TTL entries (those who have entered the lottery twice before and failed to be accepted in either year) will be sent out in late November, prior to the opening of the lottery.
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).
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.
You can also gain entry into this year's Marine Corps Marathon by raising $500 for TRDC. For more information, visit http://www.teensrundc.org/support/marine-corp-marathon/how-it-works/