The 2021 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will be held in-person on Sunday, September 12, 2021.
For those who did not opt for the guaranteed 2020 entry when the race was cancelled, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will be using a lottery system to select the balance of our 2021 race entries after the guaranteed entries from the 2020 race are accepted.
Here is how the lottery system will work. Prospective entrants will be able to register for the lottery starting on Tuesday, June 1 and extending through 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, June 30 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 – $50 (plus online registration fee)
5K – $40 (plus online registration fee)
(Please note that pre-registration is required for the 2021 Kids’ Run, but it will be held on a first-come, first-served basis and will open on August 1, 2021. The Kids’ Run is limited to 500 entrants.)
Lottery Groups: 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.
Once this 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 Tuesday, July 6. 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.
Please consult the “FAQs” on the website for more detailed answers to questions regarding the lottery.
If you entered the 2020 event, whether or not you were selected to participate in the event, we have your email address and will send you an email notification of the opening of the lottery in late May 2021. The lottery will open June 1, 2021. If you did not enter the 2020 event and wish to receive notification of the 2021 entry process by e-mail, please click the link above and complete the Notification Request form.
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A Word on COVID-19
While nothing can be completely certain with COVID-19, it appears that there will be a vaccine in wide enough distribution for the event to take place safely in-person in September. We will continue to monitor the situation to make sure that the race can proceed in a safe manner. If we decide the race cannot proceed safely due to COVID-19, we will offer several options to runners, including a full refund of your race entry fee. Click Here for the race policy on cancellation due to COVID-19.