Getting to the Race

Due to Metro's "SafeTrack" program, all early morning openings for Washington, DC's Metro subway have been cancelled. This means Metro transportation to the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile and 5K Run Walk will not be available between 5:00 A.M. and 7:00 A.M. on Sunday, April 2. Metro will be available for returning from the race.

Below are some suggestions on how to get to the race. During Cherry Blossom season, parking is always at a premium. We suggest that you arrive early.

  1. Reserve a parking spot with SpotHero. SpotHero is working with parking lots to have them open at 5 AM on race morning. More details to come shortly!
  2. This map shows all of the metered DC parking in the city. Please note that meter parking is controlled by the city and this can change at any time.
    https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=1dbea9c53160437ca72aedb9faf249bf&extent=-77.1602,38.8215,-76.8781,38.9662
  3. General parking information in DC:  http://dcparking.org/dc-street-parking/ Roads that will be closed for the race itself: http://www.cherryblossom.org/images/2012/12RoadClosureMapFinal-022912.pdf. No parking will be available on any of these streets.
  4. The Ronald Reagan Building parking lot is open 24 hours and is very close to the race site:  http://itcdc.com/parking/
  5. For those using Uber or Lyft (or having someone drop you off): To ease congestion, we ask that people coming from Maryland or DC program in "15th and Constitution Ave., NW" as their destination. People coming from the south (Virginia) should program in “15th and Independence Ave., SW.” 15th St. will be closed between Constitution Ave. and Independence Ave. starting at 1 a.m. on Sunday, April 2. Other streets on the course will start to shut down at 7:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive early.
  6. Plan to bike – We are planning to double our bike valet service this year. Bike parking will be in two locations at the race staging area.
  7. If taking Metro Bus - WMATA has an app and trip planner. If you plan to bus: https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/index.cfm

Again, given the popularity of the Cherry Blossoms, we recommend that you arrive early! Remember that Metro will be open for your return trip home.

Why Can't We Move the Starting Time Later?

Many people have asked why we cannot move our 7:30 A.M. starting time later like the Marine Corps Marathon did in 2016 and the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon are doing in 2017. (Note that the 7:00 A.M. starting time of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon was not moved; the half marathon time could be moved up to 8:30 A.M. because the streets are permitted to be closed for the entire marathon  -- so the half marathon can start later and still finish before the streets reopen after the marathon.) We, however, are under stringent time regulations set by the National Park Service because our event takes place in the heart of the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the time of expected peak bloom of the cherry blossoms, which is one of the city's busiest tourism periods of the year. The needs of our runners need to be balanced with the needs of hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world who want to visit the Memorials during this special time of year.