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.
The 2015 lottery will be open on Monday, December 1 and close at 11:59 P.M. on Friday, December 12, 2014. All applicants into the 2014 race – both those accepted and those rejected in the 2014 lottery -- will be emailed complete instructions about the 2015 lottery in mid-to-late November, 2014. If your email address has changed since the 2014 race, we suggest that you Click Here and sign up for our 2015 email list rather than sending us an update for our 2014 records.
The 2015 entry fees for the 10 mile and 5K have not yet been set.
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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. For more information about becoming a Charity Race Entry Participant, please go to our official fundraising website at http://www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/cucherryblossom/.
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 guaranteed entries and special seeded numbers. Qualifying times for seeded runners are posted at http://www.cherryblossom.org/theraces/elite.php#seeded. Details will be posted prior to the opening of the lottery.
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 race history on our All-time Searchable Database which can be accessed through the race website. Remember, please do not apply for streaker status unless you were rejected in the lottery.
Two-Time Loser (TTL) Entries
Guaranteed entry codes have already been sent to all the runners who, according to our records, are eligible for “TTL” entries. TTL entries will close at 11:59 P.M. on Saturday, November 30. If you feel you are entitled to a two-time lottery reject entry and did not receive a code by email, please send an email to email@example.com. We will research your situation and determine if you should have received a code. Remember: No Two-Time Lottery Reject entries will be accepted after 11:59 P.M. on November 30.
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).