Running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler
Are you planning on running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in Washington, D.C.? Whether it's your first visit to the nation's capital or your annual trip to view the trees, we've got some tips that will make your race day as pleasurable as possible.
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Registration for the annual Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run takes place each fall and often sells out within a few hours.
If you didn't enter the race and still wish to do so, you may obtain a "race transfer" from runners who are no longer able to participate. The program is open during February and has some associated fees. There's also a message board for those looking to obtain a transfer.
Train, Train, Train
While the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler does include a 5K option, most runners will opt for the full distance.
Ten miles is quite the run, and above what your average runner does in any given workout. Consider joining a training program. Sports brands will often sponsor virtual or in-person training programs.
The easiest way to get anywhere in Washington D.C. on the day of the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler is to take Metro.
Visit wmata.com to figure out how best to get to the race start from your hotel or start destination. Another tip: buy a farecard in advance, as lines on race day will be huge. If you plan on parking at a Metro station or using Metro transport for a few days, consider investing in a $5 SmarTrip card. This credit card-like device allows you to pay for parking and can be registered to help you retain any remaining funds, even if you lose the card.
The Best way to get Around
Image by Phil Roeder.
Plan on Driving Delays
Road closures will abound on race day. If you're not a race participant but simply an observer, consider taking Metro as well.
The Cherry Blossom 10 Miler begins close to the Smithsonian stop, and parking in that area is already limited. There will also be a bike valet program available.
Take Your Allergy Meds
The Cherry Blossom 10 Miler's biggest issue for many runners? Pollen.
The falling blossoms, while beautiful, can wreak havoc on your sinuses. Bring tissues and some OTC meds!
Image by Wendy Harman.
Watch the Weather
It will be spring in Washington. That means the weather is anyone's best guess.
The city has seen 70 degrees and sun and 50 degrees and rain. Plan on somewhere in-between, and dress appropriately.
Book Your Hotel ... Yesterday
The host hotel for the event is Grand Hyatt Washington, located at Metro Center.
While there are a number of other hotels in the area, you'll want to consider making your reservations for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler immediately, if you haven't already. It's a popular time for tourists as well as runners, and room space may be limited.