Capitol Hill Competition Info
Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk Capitol Hill Competition
Welcome to the special Congressional Registration website for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile & 5K.
Capitol Hill Registration is now OPEN.
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile will be held on April 2, 2023 and the 5K will be held on April 1, 2023.
Capitol Hill Competition in the 10 Mile will be open to Capitol Hill Teams and individuals. Competition in the 5K will be for individuals only. There is NO team competition in the 5K.
Capitol Hill runners will also be given the opportunity to register for the “Double Blossom” (running both the 5K on Saturday and the 10 Mile on Sunday, thereby completing a Half Marathon over the course of the weekend) when they fill out their entry form.
Congressional Registration for the 2023 In-Person Race will be open through 11:59 P.M. on February 28, 2023.
If you wish to run the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run or the 5K Run-Walk, you must register. Before proceeding, please read the following brief description of the steps necessary to enter and reconfirm your entry. If you wish to enter as part of a team, check with your team captain to ensure that they have set up your team before you enter as an individual.
E-mail Address — You will be asked for your e-mail address. You may access the registration form by using your Capitol Hill email address, although this is not required. If you prefer to use your private, personal email address, please send an email to email@example.com and we will send you a code which you can use to enter the Capitol Hill Competition. Whatever email you use for registration is the email that will be used for confirmation of your entry.
Register — You will then enter all the normal race registration data (name, address, etc.)
Payment — The entry fee must be paid by credit card at the time of registration.
Fees are as follows:
- $55 for an individual entry into the 10-mile run, plus a service fee
- $45 for the 5K Run-Walk (no team competition in the 5K), plus a service fee
- $100 for the “Double Blossom” (5K on Saturday, April 1 and 10 Mile on Sunday, April 2), plus a service fee
Note: If you order any additional items, such as a t-shirt upgrade, medal, or carbon offset, there will be an added service fee for these additional items.
Confirmation — Upon completing entry of your registration information, you will receive an entry confirmation, which you should print and save.
Read the Race Instructions — After you’ve completed your entry, we encourage you to go to the main Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile & 5K website to read additional information about the race. This includes details important to all entrants in the race, including course maps, general information, and details on the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Health & Fitness Expo presented by Wegmans. You will also receive a confirmation sheet with runner instructions.
If you will be running on a team in the 10 Mile Run (there is no team competition in the 5K Run-Walk), the registration process consists of two steps. You should also follow these steps if you would like to enter the Double Blossom and run as a member of a Capitol Hill team for the 10 Mile and run the 5K as an individual:
The Team Captain (who does not have to be running the race and who may set up more than one team) must create the team first. This can be done by clicking on the link below anytime through 11:59 P.M. on February 28. All team captains will need to set up new User IDs and passwords this year. (Those from last year are no longer operative.)
The Team Captain will pay a one-time $20 team registration fee (plus service charge) when setting up the team and gives the team a name (there are special awards for the most creative team name). This team fee is only paid once by the Team Captain; individual team members pay only the $55 individual registration fee for the 10 Mile or $100 individual registration fee for the Double Blossom and pay no additional fee to join the team (see below for details about Joining a Team).
If the captain will be running on the team, he, she or they will have the opportunity to register as an individual affiliated with that team at the time the team is created.
Once the team is set up, the Team Captain should let all of the prospective team members know the name of the team.
From now through February 28, prospective team members register as individuals by using the link below:
During the registration process, prospective team registrants will have an opportunity to affiliate with any team that has been set up in advance. Each registrant will be responsible for the $55 individual registration entry or $100 Double Blossom registration entry. (The $20 team fee is paid only once by the team captain when creating the team.)
If your office is planning to enter a team, we strongly encourage your team captain to set up the team before individuals sign up. If individuals register before the team they want to join is created, they will need to contact the team captain, who will be able to place them on the team. This is possible, but more cumbersome than having the teams created first.
About the 10 Mile
The 10 mile is held on a flat, fast course with five water and aid stations on the course. Entrants must complete the 10 mile in under 2:20:00 net time. The 10 mile will start at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2023. Congressional registration will take place through 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2023.
Awards will be given to the top 25 overall men and women, as well as 3 to 5 deep in almost all age groups. Click Here to see the full listing of all 10 Mile awards.
Please Note: The 5K will now be held on Saturday, April 1 (the day before the 10 Mile) and will stage on Freedom Plaza and traverse the route of Presidential Inaugurations down Pennsylvania Avenue before crossing the National Mall in the shadow of the Capitol Building and returning by the same route.
All 5K entrants receive the official 5K race t-shirt, their overall times and places in the event, and post-race food and drink. All runners will be scored on net times. Awards will be given to the top 5 overall men and women, as well as 3 deep in almost all age groups. Click Here and scroll halfway down the page to see the full listing of all 5K awards.
The 5K Presented by REI will begin at 9:15 A.M. on Saturday, April 1, 2023. All 5K runners must finish and be off the course no later than 10:30 A.M.
Capitol Hill Competition
Congressional Cup: To the fastest House or Senate Team
House Division: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place plaques and one award for BEST TEAM NAME
Senate Division: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place plaques and one award for BEST TEAM NAME
Open Division: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place plaques and one award for BEST TEAM NAME
The 2022 Winner of the Congressional Cup – “It’s Good to Be First (State)” team from Senator Chris Coons’ office
1st Place in the House of Representatives, 2022 – “Legitimate Winning Dis Course” team from Rep. Mike Levin’s office
Capitol Hill Competition Packet Pickup
Credit Union Cherry Blossom Capitol Hill packet pick-up will take place in the Pensioner’s Office at the Expo on the second floor of the National Building Museum:
- Friday, March 31 from 3:00 P.M. – 8 P.M. (10 Mile, 5K and Double Blossom pick-up. Bib pick-up closes at 7:45 P.M.)
- Saturday, April 1, from 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (10 Mile pick-up only. Bib pick-up closes at 4:45 P.M. )
Follow the signs and volunteer instructions for the Pensioner’s Office, where the Capitol Hill Competition Packet Pick-up will take place. Do not go to the general Packet Pick-up area. For full details on the Health & Fitness Expo presented by Wegmans, CLICK HERE.
In addition to the special Capitol Hill Pickup, there will be a dedicated area for Capitol Hill 5K runners to pick up their packets at Freedom Plaza, the 5K race site, on Saturday, April 1 starting at 7:00 A.M. There is no race-day packet pickup for the 10 Mile on Sunday, April 2.
Important Notes for Double Blossom Runners:
- If you pick up your packet at the Expo on Friday, March 31, you will be able to pick up BOTH your 5K bib and your 10 Mile bib at the same time.
- If you don’t pick up your packet until Saturday morning at the 5K staging area at Freedom Plaza, you will ONLY be able to pick up your 5K packet – you will have to go to the Expo on Saturday, April 1, to get your 10 Mile packet.
- Remember, there is NO Race-Day Packet Pick-up for the 10 Mile on Sunday morning on the Washington Monument Grounds!
Race Day Capitol Hill Competition Tent
On race day, we hope you will stop by the Capitol Hill Competition tent located on the Washington Monument Grounds before and after your run. Details about the location of this tent will be sent to confirmed entrants shortly before race day.
If you are looking for general race information and can’t find it here in the Capitol Hill Competition website, please visit the Main Credit Union Cherry Blossom Website.
If you have any questions regarding the Capitol Hill Competition, please contact Sarah Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, if you or someone you know would like to volunteer to help with the race, you can sign up by going to our Volunteer Sign-up page.
Honorary Race Chairs
List of the 2022-2023 Honorary Race Chairs Coming Soon
If your Member of Congress is interested in being an Honorary Race Chair, click below to complete the online sign-up form.
For additional info or questions about becoming an Honorary Race Chair, contact us at the link below.