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Why We Love The Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

This week is all about love. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing why we love the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. It’s not called The Runner’s Rite Of Spring® for nothing!

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Show your love and support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals here!

We’d love to hear why you love the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run–tell us in the comments!

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MedStar Sports Medicine Wants To Help You Run Your Best Race

Whether the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run or 5K will be your first race or one of many, every runner can benefit from learning more about preventing injury, training through injuries, fueling for a race, and recovery. That’s why we are grateful for the support of MedStar Sports Medicine, and the educational seminars they are offering just for Cherry Blossom participants.

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I attended the first seminar on injury prevention, and learned about the benefits of doing a dynamic warm-up and specific strength training exercises for runners. The next seminar on February 7th will discuss common running injuries and options for training through them. Find out more and register here. Continue reading MedStar Sports Medicine Wants To Help You Run Your Best Race

New Year’s Resolutions For Runners

Happy New Year! Do you have big running goals for 2017? Whether the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run is your spring goal race or one of many awesome events on your calendar, we want you to be healthy and strong when you line up at the start so you can be smiling when you reach the finish line.

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Since it’s that time of year, we’re sharing our New Year’s resolutions for runners  to help you make 2017 your best year ever.  Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions For Runners

Will You Be Naughty Or Nice?

As children we were taught that if we didn’t behave we might end up on Santa’s “naughty” list and get a lump of coal in our Christmas stockings instead of whatever was on our wish lists. Race directors have their own naughty lists, and take them quite seriously.

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While most runners follow all the rules and regulations, there is growing concern about the unauthorized sale, transfer and use of bibs, particularly for popular races like the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Continue reading Will You Be Naughty Or Nice?

The Lottery Is Open!

While there are still a few good weeks of running left in 2016, a lot of runners are starting to fill out their 2017 race calendars. I know I’ve already got April 2 filled in with the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. If you don’t have a guaranteed entry from volunteering last year, now is your chance to enter the lottery, which is open from December 1 through December 12.

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You can find a full explanation of how the lottery works here.

If you don’t want to risk it with the lottery or you know you want to support Children’s Miracle Network, you can sign up to be a Charity Race Entry Participant. To qualify, you will need to raise $500 for the official race charity, Credit Unions for Kids. You will feel good knowing that every dollar raised for Credit Unions for Kids will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network, a network of 170 non-profit children’s hospitals located across North America. Please check out the official fundraising page for all the details.

2016 CUCB - Photo Credit Kath Mallet
Photo Credit – Kath Mallet

We hope to see you at the
Washington Monument grounds on April 2!

 

Join Us At The Fall Kickoff Reception November 18

Did you know that April 2, 2017 will be the 45th running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run? We are so excited, we can’t wait to get the party started! And who says we have to? This year we have a great fall kickoff reception planned at a new location!

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Join us Friday, November 18th from 6-9 pm at

MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre
1120 20th St. N.W., Building 1
Washington DC 20036
(map)

Tickets are $15 and include:

 $10 Potomac River Running Gift Card
 one drink ticket
 appetizers
blossom one raffle ticket for a free race entry (25 entries will be given away!)

Festivities will include:

 meeting the artist behind the official 2017 race t-shirt design
 unveiling of the official 2017 race t-shirt design
 touring the new state-of-the-art MedStar Health facility
(I hear they have an AlterG treadmill!)
blossom previewing the new MedStar Health Training Education Series
 previewing the CUCB Good Luck Box
(one Good Luck Box will be raffled off)
blossom wine pull to benefit Children’s Miracle Network

And, best of all, you will meet the 2017 race ambassadors. 🙂

Registration is limited to 400 guests, which means you could have a 1 in 16 chance of winning a free entry!

Don’t miss out — REGISTER HERE!

 

Meet The 2017 Race Ambassadors!

We want to thank everyone who applied to be a Race Ambassador for the April 2, 2017 running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. We received so many applications from enthusiastic blogging-Facebooking-Tweeting-Instagramming runners, it was truly difficult to select our four race ambassadors!

Sara, Holly, Adam, and Heather are looking forward to sharing their enthusiasm for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Read more about them here, and come meet all of us at the fall kick-off party:

Friday, November 18, 2016
MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre
1120 20th Street NW, Building 1, Washington, DC 20036

Register here!

Apply To Be A 2017 CUCB Race Ambassador!

Do you love running?
Do you look forward to participating in the Runner’s Rite of Spring?
Is the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run one of your favorite races?
Are you passionate about supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals?
Are you an active blogger, Facebook-er, Twitter-er, and/or Instagram-er?

If so, we would love for you to apply to be a 2017 CUCB Race Ambassador! 

>*> apply here <*<

cucblogoAs a 2017 CUCB Race Ambassador you will:

  • attend the CUCB kick-off party on Friday, November 18 at its exciting new location
  • write articles for the CUCB blog under your own byline
  • interact with CUCB and its followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • support CUCB fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
  • run your best race on April 2, 2017!

 

As a 2017 CUCB Race Ambassador you will: cucblogo

  • enjoy a free race entry with upgrade options (technical shirt and medal)
  • receive awesome swag from generous CUCB sponsors
  • have access to the Potomac River Running CUCB training program
  • be invited to the pre-race VIP dinner and post-race VIP brunch
  • have access to the VIP tent on race day*
    (*weather permitting!)

The CUCB webpage has more details here.

Applications will be accepted until 500 applications are received or until it’s midnight at the Washington Monument grounds on October 20, 2016, whichever comes first. 

2016 Cherry Blossom Race Recap Party

Congratulations! You just ran the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run or 5K–and you didn’t get blown into the river off Hains Point! We hope you had a great race and want to hear all about it. If you wrote about your race experience on your blog, we would love for you to link it up below.
Race Recap Link Up

You can see your official race results here and your RunPix race results here–and don’t forget to check your email for your virtual goody bag!  If you already are looking forward to 2017–which will be the 45th running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run–you can have a chance to win a free entry by taking this sustainability survey.

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Your 2016 CUCB Social Media team hopes you had a great race!

How was your race?


Five Things You Need To Know Before Heading To The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

Ok, folks, this is getting REAL! We are only a few days away from The Runner’s Rite of Spring! Today we are sharing five things you need to know BEFORE heading to the Washington Monument grounds on Sunday morning.

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  1. The most important thing that runners need to know before the race is that there is NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP. That means you need to get yourself to the expo on Friday or Saturday. The good news is that this is a great expo with tons of vendors and a full slate of clinic speakers on both days of the expo. For more information on the schedule and how to pick up a friend’s bib, check out the expo page here.
  2. The next most important thing that runners need to know is that parking around the race venue is very limited, so you should plan to walk, bike, carpool, or Metro on Sunday morning. The Metro system will be opening at 5:00 am. The Smithsonian Station is about 1/4 mile from the start–not even far enough for a warm-up. Click here for more information on getting to the starting line.  The 10 mile run lines up in front on the Washington Monument on 15th Street, parallel to 14th Street. The 5k lines up along the side of the Washington Monument, parallel to Independence Avenue.
  3. Runners also will want to remember is that there is a wave start for the 10 mile run. The elite women’s start is at 7:20 am, with the first wave of the main race starting at 7:30 am, and the next waves going off every 3-5 minutes. Runners will be assigned to waves based on previous race times, and the color of your bib will match the color of your wave. (Expect six waves with about 2,500 runners each.) Read more about the wave start here.
  4. If you run for bling, you will want to check your registration to confirm that you ordered a medal. If you did, you will be able to pick up your medal in the post-race staging area. If you didn’t but wish you did, watch your post-race emails and check the Cherry Blossom website to see if extra medals are for sale after the race–they usually are!
  5. On race day, the most important thing to keep in mind is to RUN YOUR OWN RACE. Whether you trained for a PR or plan to take it easy and enjoy the scenery, YOU GOT THIS. 

If you have more questions, the Cherry Blossom website is chock-full of information! You also can download the app and watch for last-minute updates on the Facebook page.

Don’t forget that we will be hosting a race recap link up party again. Check out last year’s recaps here and plan to share your 2016 race story!