The 2023 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2023.
The 2023 field will be determined by lottery. Here is how the lottery system will work. Prospective entrants will be able to register for the lottery starting on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 on the event website, www.cherryblossom.org. The lottery will extend through Sunday, January 20. 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 2023 are still to be determined.
(Please note that pre-registration is required for the 2023 Kids Run, but it will be held on a first-come, first-served basis and will open later in January 2023. 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 on January 2023, 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. 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.
2023 Lottery Notification List
If you entered the 2022 In-Person or Virtual event, we have your email address and will send you an email notification of the opening of the lottery at the end of December, 2022. If you did not enter either of the the 2022 events and wish to receive notification of the 2023 entry process by e-mail, or if your email address changes, please click the link below and complete the Notification Request form.
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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.
How Many Runners Will Be Accepted into the Race?
After the lottery period closes, we will determine the total number of participants allowed in the race based on any COVID-19 limitations in effect (if any). If we are confident that there will be no restrictions in April, we will accept our usual number of participants.