Entry Information

Entry Instructions

The 2020 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will be held on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Lottery Details

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In order to reduce the chances of not receiving our messages regarding the lottery and the race itself, individuals are encouraged to “white list” or put on their list of approved email addresses the following email addresses:


The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will be using a lottery system to select our 2020 race entries.

Here is how the lottery system will work. Prospective entrants will be able to register for the lottery during a 12-day period starting on Sunday, December 1 and extending through 11:59 P.M. on Thursday, December 12 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 2020 have not yet been set; the amounts for the Ten Mile Run and the 5K Run-Walk will be posted here soon. (Please note that pre-registration is required for the 2019 Kids’ Run, but it will be held on a first-come, first-served basis and will open on January 6, 2020. 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.

An electronic “drawing” will be held from all the applications on hand after the lottery period closes. The names of everyone who entered the lottery – with notification of whether they were accepted into the race or not – will be posted on the event website by 10:00 A.M. by Monday, December 17. All lottery registrants will receive an email indicating their status as well. (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 “Lottery FAQs” on the website for more detailed answers to questions regarding the lottery.

Click Here to Sign up for the 2020 Lottery Notification List

If you entered the 2019 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 November 2019. If you did not enter the 2019 event and wish to receive notification of the 2020 entry process by e-mail, please click the link above and complete the Notification Request form.

NOTE: We cannot be responsible for your email host failing to deliver our emails. For instructions on how to maximize your chances of our emails being properly delivered, CLICK HERE.

Charity Entries

One particularly satisfying way to participate and miss the uncertainty of the lottery is to sign-up to become a Charity Race Entry Participant. To qualify as a Charity Race Entry Participant, just raise $500 dollars for our official race charity, Children's Miracle Network. Every dollar raised will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a network of 170 non-profit children’s hospitals located across North America.

More information about becoming a Charity Race Entry Participant will be posted here soon.

Volunteer Entries

If you volunteered for the 2019 race, you will receive your guaranteed entry for the 2020 race before the opening of the 2019 lottery. These guaranteed entries are transferrable and must be used by February 28, 2020.

Seeded Runner Entries

Top open and age-group runners are eligible for guaranteed entries and special seeded numbers. Qualifying times for seeded runners are posted at http://www.cherryblossom.org/theraces/elite.php#seeded. Contact Seeded Runner Coordinator Marlene Yencho at seededrunners@cherryblossom.org for details.

100 Mile Club Entries

One Hundred Mile Club members must enter the lottery. One Hundred Mile Club members have completed at least 100 miles in any combination of the 10 mile or the 5K results (i.e. 10 completions of the 10 mile equals 100 miles; 9 completions of the 10 mile and four completions of the 5K equals 102 miles, etc.), either in a row or non-consecutively. If you are a One Hundred Mile Club member and you do not get in through the lottery, you can gain a guaranteed "One Hundred Mile Club" entry, which will be accepted if submitted before February 1, 2020. If you are rejected in the lottery and feel you qualify, please send an email to searchable@cherryblossom.org. If you are uncertain if you qualify, you can check your status on the revised All-Time Searchable database, available at http://www.cballtimeresults.org/. Remember, please do not apply for a "One Hundred Mile Club" guaranteed entry unless you are rejected in the lottery. One Hundred Mile Club requests received before the lottery results are posted will not be considered.

Two-Time Loser (TTL) Entries

TTL entries (those who have entered the lottery twice before and failed to be accepted in either year) will be sent out in late November, prior to the opening of the lottery. You don't need to do anything - we know who you are!

NOTE: Runners and walkers who expect to take longer than 2 hours and 20 minutes (net time) to complete the 10 Mile must enter the 5K Run-Walk. We will close the 10-mile course at 5 miles to runners who are running or walking at over a 14-minute-per-mile pace. You will be required to leave the course at this time. In addition, sweep vehicles will pick up runners on the second half of the course who fall behind a 14-minute-per-mile pace. The large number of tourists in town to see the cherry blossoms limits the length of time we can keep the streets closed. 5K Run-Walk participants will receive the same amenities as the 10 milers, including having your results posted on the website. The 5K Run-Walk is limited to 750 entrants and has a time limit of 65-minutes (about a 20-minute-per-mile pace).