The cherry blossoms are here! Your social media feeds have probably been filled with all the pink/white puffy goodness. Next weekend is the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler/5K run. This will be my fifth time participating in the event, but first time running the 5K. My 2014 and 2015 race recaps are HERE and HERE. Today I am linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia and sharing five tips for cherry blossom runners and spectators.
1. Metro Fare Cards
If you plan on traveling via metro the fare cards are now paperless. You will have to use a SmarTrip card – more information here.
2. People People People
There will be over 15,000 runners + friends and family. Yes – it will be crowded. Some of these are general tips and can be used at any race:
- Runners – share your race day outfit and pace with your friends/family, run past the first water table – there are more
- Spectators – also share your race day outfit or signs and stay within the course
- Runners + Spectators – designate a meetup area at the finish
Where is the best spot to spectate the 10 Miler? I recommend Mile 1 on Independence Avenue, scoot over to Mile 5 on Independence Avenue OR Mile 5.5 near the Jefferson Memorial, then head over to the finish line (or sit atop the last (and pretty much the only hill) right before the finish).
3. PR Possible
Even though it can be crowded, it is still possible to PR – it is a flat course. Like any race there will be some weaving around (just try to run the tangents and not zig zag across the course). In a perfect world, if everyone lined up according to their assigned corral (here are the corral seeding times) this would help. Also, sometimes we enter lofty goals when registering and errr….training…..was not ideal. If that is the case, start in a later corral – no shame in that. If a PR is not on the agenda have fun! Enjoy the views.
4. Secret Bathrooms (sort of)
If you have to go (and as long as the park system opens them) and can wait until Hains Point – there are some real bathrooms.
5. Finish Festival
Cross that finish line and enjoy the moment. Remember to grab water/food for yourself (sorry spectators, the water/food are for the runners). I know it is tempting to grab a little extra of everything, but remember there are others finishing behind who may not get anything if everyone takes a little extra. Meet up with your friends and family and take some photos!
Bonus: Here is a great 2015 course guide from Kim Runs Miles with Smiles
Do you have any runner or spectator tips for the Cherry Blossom 10M/5K?
Will you participating in the Cherry Blossom 10M/5K this year?