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

Getting to the Race

Getting to the Race

Below are maps of interest for Race Day. Construction is a near-constant in Washington, DC, so minor adjustments may be needed if unexpected construction projects appear.


5K: Metro opens at 7:00 A.M. on both Saturday and Sunday. This makes taking Metro an option for getting to the 5K on Saturday since the 5K does not start until 9:15 A.M. Make sure you get on an early train, particularly if travelling from the more outlying stations. The closest stops to the 5K staging area on Freedom Plaza are Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue and Grey lines) and Federal Triangle (Orange, Blue and Grey Lines).

10 Mile: The 7:30 A.M. 10 Mile starting time mandated by our permit means that taking Metro and making the start of the race is not possible. (Metro will be open for return trips.) Runners are encouraged to plan alternative arrangements for getting to the race. 

Other Options for Getting to the 10 Mile Race Start

Below are some other suggestions on how to get to the 10 Mile race start. Parking is always at a premium and streets that are part of the race course will be closed. We suggest that you consider other alternatives to driving to the race, but if you decide to drive, arrive early.

Parking with SpotHero

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the
Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

Other Ways to Get There

  • Click Here for a map that shows all of the metered DC parking in the city.  Please note that meter parking is controlled by the city and this can change at any time.
  • Here is link to some general parking information in DC:
  • Use Uber or Lyft.  To ease congestion, we ask that people coming from Maryland or DC program in “17th and Constitution Ave., NW” as their destination. People coming from the south (Virginia) should program in 17th and Independence Ave., SW. ( Please note that 15th St. will be closed between Constitution Ave. and Independence Ave. starting at 1 a.m. on Sunday, September 12.) Other streets on the course will start to shut down at 7:00 a.m. So, please plan to arrive early.
  • Plan to bike  Two Wheel Valet will provide a bike valet service on race day on the Washington Monument grounds. You may drop off your bike starting at 6:00 A.M. and retrieve it after the race, or leave it and enjoy the cherry blossoms, then retrieve it later in the morning. This service is free to participants. NOTE: The bike parking area will close at 11:30 a.m. on race day, September 12, so please be sure to retrieve your bike by then! You may NOT leave any belongings attached to your bike. If you want to leave any belongings, you will need to place them in the clear plastic bag you will be given at packet pickup and then take it to the bag check area on race morning.
  • WMATA has an app and trip planner. If you plan to bus:

Plan on arriving early!

Getting to the 5K Starting Area

The 5K Run-Walk staging area and start-finish line are located at Freedom Plaza. Directions will be posted here soon.

Metro Service will open at 7 A.M. on Saturday, April 2, so will be available for getting to and from the race site on race day.