18/05/2024

PHOTOS: Runners take on the 51st annual Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race in DC - WTOP News

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PHOTOS: Runners take on the 51st annual Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race in DC - WTOP News

Thousands of runners gathered Sunday for the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race, an annual spring tradition in the District.

Thousands of runners gathered Sunday for the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race, an annual spring tradition in the District.

WTOP's Shayna Estulin reports from the finish line at the 10 mile cherry blossom run in D.C. on Sunday.

On Sunday, thousands of runners gathered at the Washington Monument for the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, an annual spring tradition in the District.

First place winners of this years race were, in the women’s category, Sarah Chelangat and Emily Durgin (USATF). In the men’s category, Wesley Kiptoo and Hillary Bor (USATF) earned top honors.

Though the race is a D.C. tradition, runners came from around the world to participate. Runner Alex Ostberg flew in from Oregon with his family to take part in his first Cherry Blossom run.

“It was a blast,” he said. “Very scenic venue, beautiful course, perfect weather. Couldn’t ask for more.”

The route took runners across the Potomac into Arlington, Virginia, via the Memorial Bridge and back, continuing along the Tidal Basin and down to Hains Point before finishing at the Washington Monument.

While peak cherry blossom season is over, a “Stumpy” tree mascot was on hand to cheer runners on. Stumpy, a short cherry blossom tree that’s been slated for removal from the Tidal Basin, has captured the hearts of fans across the world.

Takoma Park, Maryland, resident, Alfonso Revilla and his toddler Leo, were also cheering from the finish line, celebrating Sara Servin who is getting back into running after giving birth.

“She’s been doing an incredible job training,” he said of his wife. “I’m so proud of her and I love her so much,” he said.

The Cherry Blossom 10-mile race, as well as Saturday’s 5k run/walk, raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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