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Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run & 5K Walk/Run

Wave Start

Wave Start

The 10-Mile will use a wave start. Runners will be assigned to one of five color-coded starting corrals based on previous race times. Colors on bib numbers will match starting corrals. It is the color of your bib (or for runners with grey or pink bibs the color of the sticker placed on your bib), not the bib number, that determines your starting corral. After our elite, seeded, and sub-seeded runners, there will be four additional waves of approximately 2,500 to 3,500 runners each. The waves will start at three to seven minute intervals. This should ease crowding on the course. Runners outside the top 25 males and females will be scored on net times.

7:00 A.M.– Corrals will open at 6:45 a.m., but runners should start to enter their appropriate corrals by 7:00 A.M. Entrances are from the back of the corrals, so those who enter early will have the advantage of  being able to move forward to the front of the corral (closest to the faster corral in front). If your corral is full, please wait at the opening outside the entrance. Since there is a time-gap between the start of each corral, runners who are not physically inside the corral will be able to start before the following corral.

The waves are as follows:

Yellow corral, Presented by Congressional FCU – The yellow corral will be broken into three sections: The Elite Section is for Elite runners with bib numbers from 1-100. Seeded runners with yellow bib numbers from 110 through 524 will line up in the next yellow group, followed by seeded runners with yellow bib numbers between 525 and 2174. All three yellow sections will start at the same time. (Note: Seeded women who have received “Women’s Advance Start” (WAS) stickers start with the Women’s Advance Start at 7:18 a.m.)

Red corral, Presented by United States Senate FCU  – Runners with red bib numbers are in the second or Red Wave, presented by United States Senate FCU

Blue corral, Presented by U.S. Postal Service FCU  – Runners with blue bib numbers are in the third or Blue Wave, presented by U.S. Postal Service FCU

Orange corral, Presented by CommonWealth One FCU  – Runners with orange bib numbers are in the fourth orOrange Wave, presented by CommonWealth One FCU

Green corral, Presented by Andrews FCU – Runners with green bib numbers are in the fifth or Green Wave, presented by Andrews FCU

Please cooperate with race officials by lining up in the proper corral. If you are running with friends or family members who are in different corrals, you must line up in the slowest corral of any member of the group.

To accommodate the size of the field, the main race will start at 7:30 A.M. Here is the timeline.

6:45 A.M. – Enter your 10 mile corral.

7:18 A.M. – Advance start for elite women. This start will be for approximately 30 of our elite and seeded women. This will enable us to showcase the elite women’s competition in a manner that is not possible in a “mixed” race.

7:29 A.M. – Wheelchair competitors (push-rim only) and other physically-challenged participants authorized in advance

7:30 A.M. – Elite men and first wave start (Yellow Wave) for men and women (additional waves will depart at approximately 3-7 minute intervals)

7:32 A.M. – 10M Wave #2 (Red) starts

7:34 A.M. – 10M Wave #3 (Blue) starts

7:39 A.M. – 10M Wave #4 (Orange) starts

7:45 A.M. – 10M Wave #5 (Green) starts

8:00 A.M. – Start line is sealed off. No starters after this time.

9:00 A.M. – 5K Run-Walk starts on Independence Ave.

10:18 A.M. – Access to the 10 mile finish line sealed with barricades at the intersection of 15th and Independence Ave., SW.

10:20 A.M – Race Timing stops. 

Note on Race Time Limits: No runner who takes longer than 2:20:00 to finish the race from the time they cross the starting line will be given an official finishing time. This is true regardless of the corral in which you start the race. So if you start in the Green corral at 7:45 but it takes you another minute to actually cross the start line, then you would have until 10:06 A.M. to finish the race and be scored. If you are in the Red corral, which starts at 7:32, but it takes you a minute to cross the starting line, then you have until 9:53 A.M. to finish the race. If you don’t beat the time limit in that case, you will be able to finish the race since the finish line won’t be closed, but you won’t get an official finishing time. As a result, all we can post is the time the finish line will be closed (10:20 A.M.) – it doesn’t mean everyone who finishes before that time will be scored. This means that trying to jump into a faster corral that starts earlier won’t make your finish time limit any longer. Remember, if you are concerned about the 2:20:00 finish time limit, you can always switch to the 5K Run-Walk and enjoy a less stressful run or walk. The 5K finish time limit is 1:05:00 (21:55 pace per mile).