For those who did not opt for the guaranteed 2022 entry when the 2020 race was cancelled, and for those who did not enter the 2020 race at all, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will be using a lottery system to select the balance of our 2022 race entries after the guaranteed entries from the 2020 race are accepted. Not sure if you deferred your entry from 2020? Click Here to check.
Here is how the lottery system will work. Prospective entrants will be able to register for the lottery starting on Monday, January 3 at 10:00 A.M. and extending through 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, January 16 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 for 2021 are:
10 Mile – $54 (plus online registration fee)
5K – $44 (plus online registration fee)
(Please note that pre-registration is required for the 2022 Kids’ Run, but it will be held on a first-come, first-served basis and will open on February 1. The Kids’ Run is limited to 500 entrants.)
Before you click the link below to begin your Online Lottery Registration, please read this page IN ITS ENTIRETY.
This will help answer your questions before you begin the lottery process.
Note: Lottery Registration does not open until 10:00 A.M. on Monday, January 3. If you click this link before the lottery opens, you will be requested to return on the morning of January 3. You may register for the lottery any time between January 3 and January 16. Your chance of being selected is not affected by the time that you register for the lottery, so if the server is busy, just try again later.
Check Your Registration Status
Want to check to see if your Lottery Registration was received? (This will be available after January 3).
The Results of the Lottery Will Be Posted Here By 10 AM on Wednesday January 19, 2022
Temporary Lottery Groups (Will Be Disbanded After the Lottery Is Held)
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.
You must sign up either as an individual or as part of a Lottery Group – not both – and you will not be able to change your status from individual registrant to Lottery Group registrant once you have signed up. Individuals signing up as both individuals and as a member of a Lottery Group will have all of their registrations rejected.
Each Lottery Group will be treated exactly the same as an individual runner when the electronic selections are made. In other words, a Lottery Group has exactly the same chance to get into the race as any individual runner.
Please remember that these Lottery Groups are only for purposes of entering the lottery. The Temporary Lottery Groups cease to exist after the individual Temporary Lottery Group members are accepted or rejected. Temporary Lottery Groups have no relationship with Teams in our Team Competition. Teams may be formed from runners who are accepted into the race after the lottery is over. For details about team competition please contact Team Coordinator George Banker at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Team Competition for more information.
Once the lottery registration period is closed, those who registered with Guaranteed Entry Links will be accepted into the race. The remainder of the accepted runners will be selected from those who registered for the lottery. The lottery results and a list of those accepted through Guaranteed Entry Links will be posted on the event website by Wednesday, January 19. All lottery registrants will also receive an email indicating their status (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, or for any donations made to Children’s Miracle Network.
Runners not accepted into the in-person 10 Mile or 5K Run-Walk are invited to enter the Virtual Edition. There is no lottery for the Virtual Edition. Runners who complete the Virtual Run but not the in-person events will have their Virtual Run performances counted toward membership in the 100 Mile Club.
Please consult the “FAQs” on the website for more detailed answers to questions regarding the lottery.
Special Opportunity to Donate to Children’s Miracle Network
When entering the race or registering for the lottery, registrants will have an opportunity to make a donation directly to our official race charity, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Details will be provided at the time of registration.
A Word on COVID-19
The race organizers reserve the complete right to implement any Covid-19 mitigation policies mandated by municipal or federal authorities or of their own choosing at any time in order to ensure a safe race, and all entrants must comply with these policies. These may include proof of required vaccination and a booster, and/or a negative test within an announced number of hours prior to race day, and implementation of social distancing or other policies designed to ensure a safe race. Runners choosing not to participate due to these policies will not be eligible for a refund of their entry fee or deferral of their entries. Please do not enter the race if you are not prepared to comply with this policy.
How Many Runners Will Be Accepted into the Race?
We will accept all of our 2020 Deferred Entrants via Guaranteed Entry Links (GELs) and enter all lottery registrants into the lottery immediately after lottery registration closes on January 16. After the GEL and lottery period closes on January 16, we will determine the total number of participants allowed in the race based on any COVID-19 limitations in effect, and we will admit all of the GELs and enough lottery registrants to reach that number. If we are confident that there will be no restrictions in April, we will accept our usual number of participants. To recap, this means all of our GELs will be accepted, followed by lottery entrants up to the field size we determine at that time that we can accommodate. The field size will be determined by a combination of municipal outdoor gathering limits and any social-distancing requirements that may be in force. As you can well understand, social distancing requirements will impact the size of the field due to limitations on the space available in our starting area.
Other Ways to Gain Entry into the Race
Use the links below to explore other ways to gain entry into the 2022 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk: