Elite Runner Info

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run welcomes elite athletes from the United States and around the globe. The event takes great pride in being the only event in the Nation's Capital offering significant prize money to elite athletes. Supporting elite athletes has been an important part of our mission since the dawn of the prize money era in the early 1980s. The event has featured Olympic Gold Medalists, World Champions, and World and American Record holders over the years. 

Our elite athlete program consists of travel and lodging for qualified athletes. Our time standards for consideration as an elite athlete are as follows: 

Men: Sub 48:00 10-mile time (or equivalent at a similar distance)
Women: Sub 56:00 10-mile time (or equivalent at a similar distance)

Athletes meeting these standards should contact Elite Athlete Coordinator Bill Orr at borr@cherryblossom.org

the 2019 Prize Money Breakdown has not yet been finalized, but is expected to be similar to 2018. Click Here for the 2018 Prize Money Breakdown and American Record bonuses. The 2019 breakdown will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.


Seeded Runners

Top open and age-group runners are eligible for special seeded numbers. Seeded runners may be admitted after the race closing and will be allowed to start the race in the second corral. All seeded runners must apply for seeded runner status by February 1, 2019. Note: The seeded runner times have not changed from 2018.

To qualify for a seeded runner entry (and skip the lottery process), please send an email to Marlene Yencho at seededrunners@cherryblossom.org by Friday, February 1, with this information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age and
  • Verifiable Race Results (from distance events 8K & longer, and held within the last 12 months).

Qualifying times for 10 miles are as follows (proof of performance within the last 12 months is required)


Seeded Runner Qualifications
Male Female
Up to 19
1:06:00
1:14:00
20-24
57:00
1:07:00
25-29
57:00
1:07:00
30-34
58:00
1:08:00
35-39
59:00
1:10:00
40-44
1:03:00
1:13:00
45-49
1:05:00
1:14:00
50-54
1:08:00
1:18:00
55-59
1:10:00
1:22:00
60-64
1:14:00
1:29:00
65-69
1:22:00
1:38:00
70-74
1:30:00
1:50:00
75-79
1:45:00
2:05:00
80+
2:15:00
2:18:00