Lottery Entry

The Lottery

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 2020 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. 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 Tuesday, June 1 at 10:00 A.M.  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.)

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 Tuesday, June 1.
You may register any time between June 1 and June 30. Your chance of being selected is not affected by the time that you register, so if the server is busy, just try again later. If you click this link before the lottery opens, you will be requested to return on the morning of June 1.

Check Your Registration Status

Want to check to see if your Lottery Registration was received? (This will be available after June 1).

The Results of the Lottery Will Be Posted Here By 10 AM on Wednesday July 7, 2021

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 teams@cherryblossom.org or visit Team Competition for more information.

Lottery Results

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, July 7. 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.

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 for the first time ever 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

While nothing can be completely certain with COVID-19, it appears that sufficient numbers of people will be vaccinated 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. The go no-go decision will be made on August 1. If the decision is to cancel, the decision will not be reversed after that date. Click Here for the race policy on cancellation due to COVID-19.

While we hope that given the latest CDC recommendations we will be able to run the race as usual on Sept. 12, it may be that municipal outdoor gathering limits and any social-distancing requirements that may be in force will dictate how the event can proceed. Below are some of the areas that could be impacted if guidelines and local requirements demand it:

    • Masks: Mask wearing may be required before and after the race, but masks may be removed during the race.
    • Proof of COVID-19 Protection: We will not require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to participating, but we sincerely hope that a runner experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms will opt not to take part.
    • Social Distancing: Social distancing may be required in the staging area on the Washington Monument Grounds, lining up in the corrals at the start, and at the finish line. Runners may be encouraged to remain socially distanced throughout the run.
    • Starting Time: We have been informed by authorities that we will not be allowed to extend the time we can keep the roadways closed for the event, so, if necessary, the race may start an hour earlier (6:30 a.m.) to allow more time for socially-distanced participants to start.
Here are some other potential changes from the norm:
    • Water Stops: On-course water may be served in bottles, and if so participants will be encouraged to carry their own hydration with them.
    • Post-race Activities: Post-race food and amenities including bag check may be limited or eliminated.
    • Pre-ordered Medals: Individuals ordering medals may be required to pick up their medals at packet pick-up.
    • Health and Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-up: The exact nature of the Health and Fitness Expo will not be determined until August 1. If social distancing and crowd size limits are in force on August 1, the Health and Fitness Expo may be scaled down, but packet pick-up will take place at the National Building Museum.
    • Kids Run: A final decision about the status of the Kids Run on Saturday, September 11 will not be made until August 1.

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 during the month of June. After the GEL and lottery period closes on June 30, we will determine the total number of participants allowed in the race based on any COVID-19 limitations in effect in early July, 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 September, 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 2021 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk: