Seeded Runners

Seeded Runners

Top open and age-group runners are eligible for special seeded numbers. Seeded runners may be admitted after the race closing and will be allowed to start the race in the Yellow Corral immediately behind the elite athletes. Seeded runners are strongly urged to apply for seeded status prior to the opening of the lottery on June 1, 2021. The cut off date for Seeded Runners to enter the race is July 31, 2021. Note: The seeded runner qualifying times have not changed from 2020; however, due to the near shutdown of racing opportunities since April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seeded runner candidates may submit performances at events since September 1, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Seeded runners who were accepted into and entered the 2020 race as seeded runners do not need to resubmit proof of eligibility. Those individuals will receive a Seeded Runner Guaranteed Entry Link (GEL) prior to the opening of the General Lottery on June 1 which will permit entry into the 2021 race as a seeded runner.

To qualify for a seeded runner entry (and skip the lottery process), please send an email to Sara Baugh at seededrunners@cherryblossom.org. Seeded runner candidates are strongly urged to apply for seeded status prior to the opening of the lottery on June 1. Applications should include the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age and
  • Verifiable Race Results (from distance events 8K & longer, and held since September 1, 2019).

Qualifying times for 10 miles are as follows (proof of performance since September 1, 2019 is required)


Seeded Runner Qualifications
Male Female
Up to 19
1:06:00
1:14:00
20-24
57:00
1:07:00
25-29
57:00
1:07:00
30-34
58:00
1:08:00
35-39
59:00
1:10:00
40-44
1:03:00
1:13:00
45-49
1:05:00
1:14:00
50-54
1:08:00
1:18:00
55-59
1:10:00
1:22:00
60-64
1:14:00
1:29:00
65-69
1:22:00
1:38:00
70-74
1:30:00
1:50:00
75-79
1:45:00
2:05:00
80+
2:15:00
2:18:00